Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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by Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0809596814

ISBN-13: 9780809596812

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books

Tolstoy seamlessly captures a weaves a tapestry of Russian society -- as Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life." The novel remains popular, as demonstrated by a 2007 poll of 125 contemporary authors in Time, which declared that Anna Karenina is the

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Tolstoy seamlessly captures a weaves a tapestry of Russian society -- as Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life." The novel remains popular, as demonstrated by a 2007 poll of 125 contemporary authors in Time, which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest book ever written." Anna Karenina may be the greatest single novel ever written; it may also be just plainly and sublimely good. Regardless, there is no doubt that Anna Karenina (generally considered Tolstoy's finest novel) is a sublime achievement.

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ISBN-13:
9780809596812
Publisher:
Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
740
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.75(d)

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Anna Karenina 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 468 reviews.
ereaderbookworm More than 1 year ago
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is all that and then some, but let's talk translations. This is the same 1901 rendering by Constance Garnett used in most of the e-editions out there. Though familiar (especially for its opening sentence), it is widely criticized for its deficiencies and considered a poor choice among better alternatives. The 1918 Maude translation is far better. It is the one most read in college literature classes. The Norton Critical Edition uses the Maude translation, with some revisions by George Gibian. That edition has not been published for e-readers, but a good NOOK edition of the Maude translation is attached to this review (or search "Anna Karenina Maude"). The 2000 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is the one associated with Oprah's Book Club. Oprah selected the novel itself more than a particular translation, but a print edition of the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation was featured on her website, so people think of that one as Oprah's pick. The NOOK edition is attached to this review (or search "Anna Karenina Pevear"). It is a matter of taste which translation is preferable, the Maude or the Peavear and Volokhonsky. The influence of the translator is second only to the author in shaping the text. The quality of the translation is crucial.
Nick_The_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest, most beautiful and most heartbreaking novels ever written. No wonder Oprah Winfrey selected it, even though it was written well over a hundred years ago!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nook edition of Anna Karenina is the best book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oprah was right about this one ... a truly amazing, indeed, life changing book. Highly, highly, highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice to see this book title anna karenina..
ArgoKR More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this e-book. It is full of typographical errors. I am so disappointed! I am only a few pages into this book and I cannot believe the poor quality. How hard can it be to get it correct. I have asked for a refund, we'll see how that goes...... ArgoKR
cpkx More than 1 year ago
I don't recall ever reading an ebook with more blatant errors. Although most of the misspelled/partial words can be deciphered, it greatly detracts from the readability. It is obvious that no effort went into the making of this book other than a likely OCR scan from what may have been a poor quality original text. A simple running of a spell checker could have probably caught at least 95% of the errors, but that would still amount to thousands of corrections.
Lovelybookworm More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best novels I've read but this digital copy has so many spelling errors that it became annoying within reading the first few pages. Find another copy if you can. This novel really is worth paying a little extra money.
megsy_g More than 1 year ago
I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this one! I'd always wanted to read the book, so didn't think I needed to check out ratings. The frequency of typing/spelling errors was mindboggling, and should have been caught by any basic spell check; there was at least one on every page. Every couple of days, I would go back to it and try to give it another shot, but I would give up in irritation after a few pages. There's no excuse for publishing such a poor quality version of this classic.
GreekLady More than 1 year ago
There are 6 typos per page on average, the book had gotten digitized, and never corrected. Save your 99 cents and download for free from Project Gutenberg. I expected better quality control from B&N.
wannabeinbrd More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this book but there are so many extreme typos on each page, that the book is unreadable. It looks as though they put a typewriter in a cage of monkeys. A huge disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The lack of editing in this eBook is a disgrace!!!!! I cannot believe B&N had the audacity to charge for this disaster - Never-ending spelling mistakes and typos - it becomes impossible to read with so many errors.
Irwing More than 1 year ago
Of course Tolstoy is marvelous. However, this particular E-book publication is horrible. There are at least two spelling errors on each page. Get another printing of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is good and I have no problem with the book itself, however, the B&N version is terrible. There are spelling errors and typos on nearly every "page". Not worth the $.99.
mumbles71 More than 1 year ago
With all the spelling errors, it feels like you are trying to translate from the original Russian. I know it is under a dollar, but why would B&N even put something of such poor quality on their web site? Spend the extra money and buy another version of this book- the story is excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As some of the other reviews have stated, this version of Anna Karenina was FILLED with typos -- at least 1 in 10 words was misspelled, some so badly that it was impossible to decipher what the word should be. This greatly affected the overall reading experience. Love the story, but buy another version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a new Nook book reader. I have noticed some spelling and spacing errors in a few of the books I have read. Anna Karenina is a great story but this book is so badly misspelled it was hard to read. The book is 822 pages and trying to read through all the misspelling was horrible. I didn't read any reviews before purchasing it and maybe I should have. I was tempted to go out and purchase a copy of the book so I could appreciate the story better. I don't know where the books are transcribed but it couldn't have been run through a spell check. It was sad to see a classic so poorly treated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to have finished this book, but in the first 1/4 of the book, it totally skipped chapters! Can't remember now how many, but enough that I couldn't make sense of what I was then reading. I e-mailed B&N, but never heard back from them. I was going to delete it from my library, but maybe someone there will read this and follow up. Hope springs eternal....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story. Kind of long, over 2400 pages but enjoyable. Would even read it again sometime. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't pretend I have read this whole book yet. Honestly, I don't like it, but I understand it has been translated and that may be why it is so hard to follow (uses "In" for "I" and other strange spelling issues). However, this .99 NOOK version is missing about 100 pages that contain a major part of the plot (I assume, as I have never read it before and now am left to guess what happened, which I think I have, but still). I would not recommend buying this .99 version. I'm not sure other NOOK versions are available, but this one is certainly lacking.
mamastrick More than 1 year ago
I am extremely frustrated by the typographical errors in this e-version! I enjoyed the first 50 pages as far as the story, but just gave up in frustration from page after page of mispelled words and unedited copy! I am sure that when I read the original version I will love it!
Tolstoy More than 1 year ago
The copy I downloaded on my Nook is very poor. There are many misspellings and the spacing is incorrect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't a review of the book, but this edition of the book: The butchered one. If you're considering it, you're crazy. It's abridged. Know what that means? They took one of the greatest classics of all time, chopped out the parts that made the really eventful parts pop so that it has no major part anymore, and just...destroyed the book. Imagine your favorite movie limited to a tiny small limit. This isn't even half the book, it's LESS than that. WAY less than that. If you want to read the book, read the book, not a really big summary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all-time favorites, but this e-book completely ruined it. It skipped the most important chapters!! Seriously, don't buy this. You won't understand it without everything in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a paper copy of this classic a few years back, but had to throw it away after a natural disaster affected my home. When I got a nook, this was the first book that I purchased in hopes of finally finishing the story. Unfortunately, this is a cheap electronic copy and skips ahead hundreds of pages mid story. When I complained to Barnes and Noble about 6 months ago, they claimed that it would be fixed within 2 weeks, but it has yet to be. I'm deeply disappointed and would not recommend purchasing any nookbooks.