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Although a daunting book to pick up, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a great read and it has quickly become one of my favorite books. Despite its length, I finished it in a rather short amount of time because the plot moves along so quickly. The plot was interesting and didn’t feel like it dragged along or was too rushed. I liked that the author focussed on the more significant events. The book was serious at times, but there were still parts that I could laugh at.

 

Anna Karenina is set in 19th century Russia, and the story-line trades back and forth between the life of Anna Karenina and the life of Constantine Dmitrich Levin:

  • Anna has been married to her husband for many years, but her world is completely upturned when she falls in love with another man. She is forced to make many hard choices that have harsh consequences, excluding her from the society that she has belonged to for so long.
  • Levin is not married, but has always pictured himself with a family when imagining his future. He is devotedly in love with Kitty Shtcherbatsky, and decides to ask for her hand in marriage, despite feeling that he is not worthy of her.

The story follows along with their various ventures, and occasionally switches to other characters. Some of the characters are rather eccentric and they are quite fun to read about. Interestingly enough, Anna and Levin only meet once in the entirety of the book, but their lives are so connected by their many mutual acquaintances and friends that the two story lines don’t seem detached from each other at all.

It's a wonderful book -- well-written, interesting, and not too difficult to read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic fiction. Be prepared for the book to be a bit longer than most novels, but know that it is worth reading every page.

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Editors Note: Anna Karenina can be found in various formats at your local library: audio book, ebook, DVD; in other languages such as Russian and Arabic; and there is even a fractured classic called Android Karenina!

 

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