Han not I found myself suddenly third a way down the page after my mind wandered off to other thoughts but I kept on eading am I the only one with the ability to do that You know totally zoning out but continuing to ead The subject I passed over though was so thoroughly boring that I didn t bother going back to e ead it and it didn t affect my understanding of future events taking place later on in the bookLeo Tolstoy eally enjoys tangents Constantly drifting away from the point of the book to go off on three page ants on farming methods political policies and elections or philosophical discussion on God Even the dialogue drifted off in that sort of manner Tolstoy constantly made detail of trifling matters while important Subjects That Added To What Little Plot that added to what little plot this story had were just passed over Here is a small passage that is a wonderful example of what constantly takes place throughout the book Kostia look out There s a bee Won t he sting cried Dolly defending herself from a waspThat s not a bee that s a wasp said LevinCome now Give us your theory demanded Katavasof evidently provoking Levin to a discussion Why shouldn t private persons have that ightNo mention of the wasp is made again Just a small example of how Tolstoy focuses much on philosophical thought and thought in general than any sort of action that will progress the story further That s part of the eason the story took so long to get throughThe editing and translation of the version I got also wasn t very good Kit eckons that that s part of the eason I didn t enjoy it as much and I am apt to agree with her If you do decide to ead this book your better choice is to go with the Oprah s Book Club edition of Anna KareninaThe characters weren t too great either and I felt only slightly sympathetic for them at certain moments The women most often were whiny and weak while the men seemed cruel and judgemental often than not Even Anna who was supposedly strong willed and intelligent would go off on these irrational ants The women were constantly jealous and the men were always suspiciousThere s not much else to say that I haven t already said There were only certain spots in the book which I enjoyed in the littlest and even then I can t emember them All in all I did not enjoy this book and it earned the names Anna Crapenina and Anna KareniblahBut emember this is just one girl s opinion if it sounded like a book you might enjoy I highly advise going out to ead it Just try and get the Oprah edition WARNING This is not a strict book eview but ather a meta eview of what eading this book led to in my life Please avoid eading this if you e looking for an in depth analysis of Anna Karenina Thanks I should also mention that there is a big spoiler in here in case you ve emained untouched by cultural osmosis but you should ead my eview anyway to save yourself the troubleI grew up believing like most of us that burning books was something Nazis did though of course burning Disco ecords at Shea stadium was perfectly fine I believed that burning books was only a couple of steps down from burning people in ovens or that it was at least a step towards holocaustIf I heard the words burning books or book burning I saw Gestapo SS and SA marching around a mountainous bonfire of books in a menacingly lit suare It s a scary image an image of censorship of fear mongering of mind control an image of evil So I never imagined that I would become a book burner That all changed the day Anna Karenina that insufferable whiny pathetic pain in the ass finally
jumped off the platform and killed herself That summer I was performing in Shakespeare in the Mountains and I off the platform and killed herself That summer I was performing in Shakespeare in the Mountains and I I d have plenty of down time so it was a perfect summer to ead another 1000 page novel I d ead Count of Monte Cristo one summer when I was working day camps Les Miserable one summer when I was working at a esidential camp and Shogun in one of my final summers of zero esponsibility A summer shifting back and forth between Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Pinch Antonio and the Nun which I played with great gusto impersonating Terry Jones in drag in Comedy of Errors or sitting at a pub in the mountains while I waited for the matinee to give way to the evening show seemed an ideal time to blaze through a big meaty classic I narrowed the field to two by Tolstoy War and Peace and Anna Karenina I chose the latter and was very uickly sorry I didI have never met such an unlikable bunch of bunsholes in my life m kayI admit itI am applying Mr Mackey s lesson You should see how much money I ve put in the vulgarity jar this past week Seriously I loathed them all and couldn t give a damn about their problems By the end of the first part I was longing for Anna to kill herself I d known the ending since I was a kid and if you didn t and I spoiled it for you sorry But how could you not know before now I wante. Y on Tolstoy We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life Anna Karenina is married to a St Petersburg government official when she meets and falls in love with a dashing military man Alexei Vronsky When their love. Tolstoy draws a portrait of three marriages or elationships that could not be different Anna Karenina is ightly called a masterpiece Moreover or elationships that could not be different Anna Karenina is ightly called a masterpiece Moreover does not spare on social socialism and describes the beginnings of communism deals with such existential themes as birth and death and the meaning of lifeTolstoy s narrative art and his narrative charm are at the highest level He also seems like a close observer of human passions feelings and emotions All in all I was touched by his book because it was one of the most impressive books I have ever eadKendi y celi inin y ksekli inden bana bakmas na bay l yorum Sayf 55Belki de sahip Oldu um eylere sevindi im sahip olmad klar ma da z lmedi im i in mutluyumSayf 167Kad n dedi in yle bir yarat k ki istedi in kadar incele gene de hi bilmedi in yanlar yla kar la yorsunSayf 168Insana ak l onu huzursuz eden eylerden kurtulmas i in verilmi tirSayf 758 What is the most important thing about Anna Karenina Is it the first line Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way This sounds so true but it isn t eally Is it that Anna experiences much intolerance for her unfaithfulness and leaving her husband than does her brother who screws around like a dog Is it Konstantin Levin s attempts to marry into the aristocracy and his problem with eligion Or is the entire story just Tolstoy s way of seducing the eader into eading the political nub of the story the feudalism that was at the heart of all politics morality and social position I enjoyed the book when I ead it but I have to say I skimmed over a lot of the politics and did wonder which in Tolstoy s heart is the story he wanted to tell love stories or political onesHow I came to ead Anna Karenina appendicitis and an air hostess ending with a otten tomato view spoilerI ead this book when I was 13 I had a test on it in two days and hadn t even opened it so I said I had stomach ache and went to the school sick oom This was a tall narrow oom with a tiny window about 8 up and painted with shades of olive green and aubergine eggplant If you weren t sick going in those colours But I was away in Russia with Anna her husband Alexei and Count Vronsky whom I swooned over In the early hours of the morning I eally had stomach ache At 4 am I had an emergency appendectomy in a nursing home with an operating theatre I was very sick indeed and in bed for weeks Had I brought it on myselfNever mind Next day three things happened one bad and one good and one fantastic My period came on for the first time I was a Woman Yes I
my mother my grandmother leaned over from the visitor chair and slapped my face very hard That s to take the shock of the blood away She said Then the good My mother said I had been waiting for this day and she eally let loose at my grandmother They had a very fierce ow It was wonderful My mother didn t love me and she never ever defended me or involved herself with me in any way Memories of being slapped herself I suppose My mother was very pretty and was the first of her family to be married On her wedding day her mother slapped her face as she put the veil on her Ruth should have been married first not you Ruth was her much less attractive and zealously eligious older sister She mellowedEveryone else in the nursing home was old except for an air hostess of 21 She didn t have a private oom and didn t like being with the old people so would wander into mine to sit and ead and eat all my chocolates of which I had endless boxes She brought her books Jane Austen Charlotte Bronte Mrs Gaskell and Zola So for nearly three weeks my days were filled with eading talking about books with my new friend and eating chocolates all day longI was actually thrown out of the nursing home The food there was terrible One lunchtime there was something forgettable and salad The tomato was perfect looking but mushy almost liuid so I threw it out of the window and it landed on one of the nuns who was beside herself with anger I didn t care my friend had left a few days before left her books for me too in exchange for some fancy ibbon bowed boxes of chocolates We wrote for a bit were penpals but eventually that died The age gap and where we were in our lives was too far apart But I will always emember her and the fabulous books she introduced me too Thank you Helen hide spoiler People are going to have to emember that this is the part of the eview that is entirely of my own opinion and what I thought of the book because what follows isn t entirely positive but I hope it doesn t throw you offtold my mother
THE BOOK ENTIRELY AND YOU STILL GIVE IT Abook entirely and you still give it a Now my thoughtsI picked up this book upon the advice of Oprah and her book club and my friend Kit They owe me hardcore now As does Mr Tolstoy This book was an extremely long ead not because of it s size and length necessarily but because of it s content More often While it is best known as a novel about adultery Anna Karenina examines some of the most important issues at the heart of the nineteenth century Russian milieu family loyalty freedom of choice status and social obligation As Matthew Arnold wrote in his essa. ,
D horrible things to happen to everyone I wanted Vronsky to die when his horse breaks its back I wanted everyone else to die of consumption like Nikolai And then I started thinking of how much fun it would be to ewrite this book with a mad Stalin cleansing the whole bunch of them and sending them to a Gulag in fact this book is the ultimate excuse for the October Revolution though I am not comparing Stalinism to Bolshevism If I d lived as a serf amongst this pack of idiots I d have supported the Bolshies without a second thoughtI found the book excruciating but I was locked in my life long need to finish ANY book I started It was a compulsion I had never been able to break and I had the time for it that summer I spent three months in the presence of powerful andor fun Shakespeare plays it that summer I spent three months in the presence of powerful andor fun Shakespeare plays contrasted those with a soul suckingly unenjoyable Tolstoy novel and then I couldn t escape because of my own head I told myself many things to get through it all I am missing the point Something s missing in translation I m in the wrong head space I shouldn t have ead it while I was living and breathing Shakespeare It will get better It never did Not for me I hated every m kaying page Then near the end of the summer while I was sitting in the tent a couple of hours from the matinee I emember it was Comedy of Errors because I was there early to set up the puppet theatre I finally had the momentary joy of Anna s suicide Ecstasy She was gone And I was almost free But then I wasn t free because I still had the final part of the novel to ead and I needed to get eady for the show then after the show I was heading out to claim a campsite for an overnight before coming back for an evening show of Caesar I was worried I wouldn t have time to finish that day but I ead pages whenever I found a free moment and it was looking good Come twilight I was through with the shows and back at camp with Erika and my little cousin Shaina The fire was innocently crackling Erika was making hot dogs with Shaina so I etreated to the tent and pushed through the est of the book When it was over I emerged full of anger and bile and tossed the book onto the picnic table with disgust I sat in front of the fire eating my hot dogs and drinking beer and that s when the fire stopped being innocent I knew I needed to burn this book I couldn t do it at first I had to talk myself into it and I don t think I could have done it at all if Erika hadn t supported the decision She d lived through all of my complaining though and knew how much I hated the book and I am pretty sure she hated listening to my complaints almost as much So I looked
at the book and the fire i atethe book and the fire I ate and spewed my disdain I sang Beatles songs then went back to my age and finally I just stood up and said M kay itI tossed it into the flames and watched that brick of a book slowly twist and char and begin to float into the night sky The fire around the book blazed high for a good ten minutes the first minute of which was colored by the inks of the cover then it In the beginning eading Anna Karenin can feel a little like visiting Paris for the first time You ve heard a lot about the place before you go Much of what you see from the bus you ecognize from pictures and movies and books You can t help but think of the great writers and artists who have been here before you You expect to like
it You want to like it But you don t want to feel like you have to like it YouYou want to like it But you don t want to feel like you have to like it You a little that you won t But after a few days you settle in and you feel the immensity of the place opening up all around you You keep having this experience of turning a corner and finding something beautiful that you hadn t been told to expect or catching sight of something familiar from a surprising angle You start to trust the abundance of the place and your anxieties that someone else will have eaten everything up before your arrival elax Maybe that simile eveals about me than I d likeMy favorite discovery was the three or four chapters out of the book s 239 devoted to of all things scythe mowing chapters that become a celebratory meditation on physical labor When I ead those chapters I felt temporarily cured of the need to have something happen and became as absorbed in the eading as the mowers are absorbed in their work Of course the book is about Anna and Vronsky and Levin and Kitty and Dolly and poor stupid Stepan Arkadyich It s about their love and courtship and friendship and pride and shame and jealousy and betrayal and forgiveness and about the instable variety of happiness and unhappiness But it s also about mowing the grass and arguing politics and hunting and working as a bureaucrat and aising children and dealing politely with tedious company To put it accurately it s about the way that the human mind or as Tolstoy sometimes says the human soul engages each of these experiences and tries to underst. Affair is discovered it is Anna alone that is scorned by society which pushes her toward heartrending choices Tolstoy paints a stunning canvas of Russian life providing both balance and contradiction to Anna's ultimately tragic search for happiness and love.