Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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Mandelker, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel and coeditor of Approaches to Teaching Anna Karenina.
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:<UL type=disc><LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Biographies of the authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Footnotes and endnotes <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Comments by other famous authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Bibliographies for further reading <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences— biographical, historical, and literary— to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina “ one of the greatest love stories in world literature. Matthew Arnold claimed it was not so much a work of art as “ a piece of life. Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity. Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless situation. Set against this tragic affair is the story of Konstantin Levin, a melancholy landowner whom Tolstoy based largely on himself. While Anna looks for happiness through love, Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, creating a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society. From its famous opening sentence— “ Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way— to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul. Amy
Published: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2003.
ISBN: 9781411431775
1411431774
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvii, 803 p.)
Additional Contributors: Garnett, Constance 1861-1946.

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The title character suffers scorn and exclusion for failing to conform to expected social norms.


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dollface_1
Aug 06, 2017

I waited until now (retirement) to read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina...on my reading bucket list.

My first Tolstoy, and definitely my last. I'm looking forward to everything else on my list, and glad this one is....so to speak...in the books. Torture.

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Janice21383
Apr 05, 2016

Poor Anna. It is perilous to be neither good nor useful. It's not like AK is an unknown story, so just a few observations that surprised me: compared to the film versions, Vronsky is egotistical and empty-headed, but improves as the story goes on; Anna is a selfish pill a lot of the time, and is much like her sensual brother, without his easygoing nature. Tolstoy notices the hypocrisy of the toleration of male adultery versus the female kind, without completely disapproving of it. He contrasts Anna and Vronsky with another young couple, Levin and Kitty: charming, well-meaning, and a little wearisome. If you're pressed for time, you can skim the parts about their souls, or farming, without missing much. Tolstoy wants to be Levin, but he really is Anna. Anyone beginning AK should note that it is NOT primarily about anyone's romance, but about Russia's floundering transition into a modern, European nation, and why people like Tolstoy thought this was not a good idea.

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lnikolai22
Sep 29, 2015

This took quite a while to read, but it was worth it... Anna herself was, maybe somewhat ironically, my least favourite character in the book. Luckily, she isn't really the main character, or at least she isn't the only main character. (Konstantin Levin is the character who, I think, most redeems Anna's moral indecency.) Still, this book was one of the best I've read in the past year, and most unexpectedly so.

Kereesa Jul 22, 2015

This was my first Tolstoy novel. It will not be the last.

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stepha89
Jun 09, 2014

The relationships the book developed were a highlight. However, it dragged in many places, especially in the parts that dealt with the Russian peasantry and agriculture. If you like a slow pace and a lot of character introspection, you'll probably have better luck than I did.

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anahperic
May 05, 2014

I loved this book

patienceandfortitude Jan 13, 2014

I first read Anna Karenina over 30 years ago, and am so glad that I have taken the time to re-read it. I love Tolstoy. His writing speaks to my heart. His characters are deeply sympathetic, in their struggles to find love, happiness, justice and meaning in their lives. Perfect way to start my reading in the new year.

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JackieFC13
Jan 11, 2014

Finally! Finally!! Finished it!! OK. Now down to the review. I over all like this book. There are a few stories running at the same time so I would suggest making a list of who is who and how they are related to the story. The writing is very pretty and takes several pages to get used to his style. Keep in mind this is a different era of writing and description runs wild in this story. You will learn about Russian politics and farming whether you want too or not. My favorite story or story line that was in the book was Levin and Kitty. Such a sweet love story! He is a sweet land owner and farmer. Well to do of course and she is a princess in Imperial Russia. He Loves her and has always loved her. She has no idea. Love reading how it all happens. Dolly (Kitty's sister) and her Husband, Stiva, are just interesting. Dolly is a very wise, strong woman who has endured her husbands multiple indiscretions. Throughout the book she is the one many of them turn too for advice and strength. She starts to wise up by the end that her husband will never change and starts to pull in the reins on his spending and womanizing. As for Anna (Stiva's Sister), the name of the book and supposed to be the greatest love story ever. If my love story turns out like this, tell me ahead of time friends so that I can get out of it. I don't like Anna. I didn't like her the minute I started reading about her. She is a very learned woman, smart, cultured and full of life. I can see why she would be attractive and she is supposed to be one of the prettiest woman of the age. I couldn't stand her the minute she started cheating on her husband. I felt so bad for her husband, Alexy. He loved her so much and she just couldn't stand him. You took a vow, suck it up! She left her husband and her son after she had Vronsky's baby girl. She did start to go jealous of every time he left the house or didn't look at her other a look of pure love. She began to sink to a deep pit of despair and jealousy to which she was never able to climb out and in the end drove her to suicide. Vronsky never left her side, made her feel loved during her low moments and was basically a saint through all of her ravings. I really didn't like her, I was waiting for some redeeming quality for her and I never found one. I am very glad I read this. I have always wanted too and now I never will again.

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re_discover
Aug 27, 2013

Upon reading this novel, I noticed how evident it is that Tolstoy himself was conflicted about what he was writing. For example, there is a definate break in tone between the climax and the denoument. On one hand, Tolstoy sympathizes with Anna, but he also wants to define how to live a good life by using the example of Kitty and Levin.

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AndyChang
Jul 03, 2013

May well be the best book I've ever read in its genre, or ever depending on my mood. The narrative is filled with compelling characters and subplots that serve to strengthen the main storyline instead of detracting from it.

For a novel of its size, it surprising is pithy with the story arc even as it is simultaneously rich with details of the characters driving the plot.

Watched the recent film adaptation and found the way it presented the book rather imaginative and interesting, capturing the essence of it visually within the restricted time frame of a motion picture.

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geraldine9
Aug 26, 2016

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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