Spoiler alert If you have read this book lease Ritual in Its Own Right proceed If you are never going to read this novel be honest with yourself thenlease roceed If you may read this novel but it may be decades in the future then lease Philadelphia: A Photographic Tour (Highsmith, Carol M., Photographic Tour,) proceed Trust me you are not going to remember no matter how compelling a review I have written If you need Tolstoy talkingoints for your next cocktail arty or soiree with those literary black wearing seudo intellectual friends of yours then this review will come in handy If they Bill Drost, the Pentecost pin you to the board like a bug over some majorlot twist that will be because I have not shared any of those If this happens do not despair refer them to my review I ll take the heat for you If they don t know who I am then they are frankly not worth knowing Exchange them for other enlightened intellectual friends He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires Anna Arkadyevna married Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin a man twenty years her senior She dutifully Vater und Sohn unterwegs produced a son for him and settled into a life of social events and extravagant clothes and enjoyed a freedom from financial worries Maybe this life would have continued for her if she had never met Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky but than likely her midlife crisis her awareness of theassage of time would have compelled her to seek something They say he s a religious moral honest intelligent man but they don t see what I ve seen They don t know how he has been stifling my life for eight years stifling everything that was alive in me but he never once even thought that I was a living woman who needed love They don t know how he insulted me at every step and remained Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy pleased with himself Didn t I try as hard as I could to find a justification for my life Didn t I try to love him But the time has come I ve realized that I can no longer deceive myself that I am alive that I am not to blame if God has made me so that I must love and live And what now If he killed me if he killed him I could bear it all I could forgive it all but no he Her husband was enad with her but then so was everyone who met her male or female Maybe he was too contented with their life together and therefore took their relationship for granted He was two decades older so theassions of romance didn t burn with as hot a flame She wanted Injustice: Gods Among Us passion from him even if it was to murder her lover and herself Even if it was something tragic she wanted something to happen something that would make her feel something I couldn t help thinking early on that theroblem wasn t with her husband certainly nothing that a new lover could fix for very long The same face was always going to greet her in the mirror The same thoughts were always going to swim their way back to the surface We can not mask the My Age of Anxiety problems within ourselves by changing lovers The mask will eventually slip and all will be revealed Ugly can be veryrettyIs there such a thing as being too beautiful Can being so beautiful make someone cold disdainful and unable to really feel empathy or even connected to those around them Her type of beauty is a shield that insulates her even as her insecurities swing the sword that stabs the hearts of those who despise her and those who love her She was enchanting in her simple black dress enchanting were her full arms with the bracelets on them enchanting her firm neck with its string of earls enchanting her curly hair in disarray enchanting the graceful light movements of her small feet and hands enchanting that beautiful face in its animation but there was something terrible and cruel in her enchantment My favorite character in this epic was Konstantin Kostya Dmitrich Levin He was a well meaning wealthy landowner who unusually for the times went out and worked the land himself He got his hands dirty enough that one could actually call him a farmer He was led to believe by his friends and even the Shcherbatsky family that their youngest daughter Kitty would be an affable match for him Kitty s older sister Dolly was married to Stepan Stiva Arkadyich Oblonsky who was the brother to Anna Karenina Stiva was recently caught and forgiven for having a dalliance with a household staff but no sooner was he out of that boiling water of that affair before he was having liaisons with a ballerina This did lead me to believe that life would never be satisfying for either Stiva or his sister Anna because there was always going to be retty butterflies to chase as the attractiveness of the one they had began to fade Before Vronsky became gobsmacked by Anna he was leisurely chasing after Kitty and leading her on just long enough for Kitty to turn Levin s marriage roposal down flat That was "like catching a molotok hammer right between the eyes as a serp sickle swept Kostya off his "catching a molotok hammer right between the eyes as a serp sickle swept Kostya off his Interestingly enough later in the book Levin met Anna Karenina after he has married Kitty you ll have to read the book to discover how this comes about and he was captivated by Anna It was almost enough for me start chain smoking Turkish cigarettes or biting my nails down to the uick while I waited for the outcome Substitute Anna for Jolene and you ll know what I was humming for Jolene and you ll know what I was humming had unconsciously done everything she could to arouse a feeling of love for her in Levin and though she knew that she had succeeded in it as far as one could with regard to an honest married man in one evening and though she liked him very much as soon as he left the room she stopped thinking about him If she was irritated with Vronsky one day maybe she would just seduce Levin for entertainment because she could I must say that I didn t think much of Vronsky at the beginning of the novel but as the lot No Peace for the Damned progressed I started to sympathize with him Tolstoy was brilliant at rounding out characters so ourreconceived notions or the The Darfsteller And Other Stories projections of ourselves that welace upon them are forced to be modified as we discover about them Levin had his own More Bitter Than Death problems He had been reading the greathilosophers looking for answers He found uestions than answers in religion He abandoned every lifeboat he climbed into and swam for the next one Without knowing what I am and why I m here it is impossible for me to live And I cannot know that therefore I cannot live The Vom schwarzen Revier zur neuen Welt: gesammelte Gedichte problem that every reasonably intelligenterson wrestles with is that no matter how successful we are no matter how wonderful a life we build or how well we take care of ourselves we are going to die It is irrefutable Cemeteries don t lie Well there is a lot of eternal lying down going on but no duplicity None of us are going to escape the reaper No one is ascending on a cloud or going to the crossroads to make a deal with the Devil We all have to come face to face with death and we can t take any of our bobbles accolades or ower with us So the
that Levin ended up asking himself the uestion even beyond why am I here isWhy do anything Without immortality everything we attempt to do can seem futile Some would make the case that we live on in our kids and grandkids I say bugger to that I want time Well there are ways to be immortal and one of them is to write a masterpi People are going to have to remember that this is the art of the review that is entirely of my own opinion and what I thought of the book because what follows isn t entirely The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family positive but I hope it doesn t throw you off the book entirely and you still give it a chance Now my thoughtsIicked 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 read not because of it s size and length necessarily but because of it s content More often than not I found myself suddenly third a way down the Shadows in a Timeless Myth page after my mind wandered off to other thoughts but I kept on reading am I the only one with the ability to do that You know totally zoning out but continuing to read The subject Iassed over though was so thoroughly boring that I didn t bother going back to re read it and it didn t affect my understanding of future events taking C++ Primer place later on in the bookLeo Tolstoy really enjoys tangents Constantly drifting away from theoint of the book to go off on three age rants on farming methods olitical olicies and elections or hilosophical 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 Zees Story plot line this story had were justassed over Here is a small assage that is a wonderful example of what constantly takes lace 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 rovoking Levin to a discussion Why shouldn t rivate ersons have that rightNo mention of the wasp is made again Just a small example of how Tolstoy focuses much on hilosophical though. First ublished in 1878 Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is the tragic story of aristocrat Anna Karenina and her ill fated affair with the cavalry officer Count Vronsky Although assion. ,
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T and thought in general than any sort of action that will rogress the story further That s A Little Hotel On The Side part of the reason the story took so long to get throughThe editing and translation of the version I got also wasn t very good Kit reckons that that sart of the reason I didn t enjoy it as much and I am apt to agree with her If you do decide to read 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 rants 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 remember them All in all I did not enjoy this book and it earned the names Anna Crapenina and Anna KareniblahBut remember this is just one girl s opinion if it sounded like a book you might enjoy I highly advise going out to read it Just try and get the Oprah edition Not since I read The Brothers Karamazov have I felt as directly involved in characters worlds and minds FascinatingI was hooked on Anna Karenina from the opening section when I realized that Tolstoy was brilliantly Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman portraying characters thoughts and motivations in all of their contradictory complex truth However Tolstoy s skill is not just in characterization though he is the master of that art Hisrose invokes such assion There were arts of the book that took my breath because I realized that what I was reading was Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] pure feeling when we realize that Anna is no longerushing Vronsky away when Levin The Magnanimous Heart proposes to Kitty and later when Levin thinks about death The book effectively threw a shroud over me and sucked me in I almost missed my train stop a couple of timesThat being said there were somearts that were difficult to get through I felt myself slowing down in Part VI I was back in through the remainder of the book once I hit Part VII but I understand how the deep dive into olitics and farming can be off utting Still in those chapters Tolstoy s characters are interacting and it s incredible to see them speak and respond to one another It s not only worth the trouble but deep down it s no trouble at all It s to be savored and sometimes we must be forced to slow down and think about the characters daily life as they navigate around in their relationshipsA word about this translation When I was in college I attempted to read the Constance Garnett translation I didn t stop because it was awful I think finals came up then the holidays then classes etc However I never really felt like the words were as owerful as they should have been Years later the only image that stuck in my mind was of Levin meeting Kitty at the ice skating rink I just never really entered the world of Anna Karenina erhaps my fault than anything However the diction and sentence construction in Pevear and Volokhonsky s translation is oetic and justifies the title masterpiece Through this translation I grew to appreciate Tolstoy not just because he told good hilosophical stories but because he could do so with utmost subtletly and compactness yes I think Tolstoy is concise Each word has its One Day in December placeUnderstandably many are unwilling to give themselves to this book Many expect it to do all of the work But it s an even better read because if the reader works the experience of reading this book is incredible In the beginning reading Anna Karenin can feel a little like visiting Paris for the first time You ve heard a lot about thelace before you go Much of what you see from the bus you recognize from Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts 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 You worry a little that you won t But after a few days you settle in and you feel the immensity of thelace 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 lace and your anxieties that someone else will have eaten everything up before your arrival relax Maybe that simile reveals 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 hysical labor When I read those chapters I felt temporarily cured of the need to have something happen and became as absorbed in the reading as the mowers are absorbed in their work Of course the book is about Anna and Vronsky and Levin and Kitty and Dolly and Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra poor stupid Stepan Arkadyich It s about their love and courtship and friendship andride 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 Out of the Box politics and hunting and working as a bureaucrat and raising children and dealingolitely with tedious company To ut 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 Understand Itself Theof these experiences and tries to understand itself the around it and the other souls that inhabit that world This book is not afraid to take up any art of human life because it believes that human beings are infinitely interesting and infinitely worthy of compassion And what I found stirring the book s fearlessness extends to matters of religion Tolstoy takes his characters seriously enough to acknowledge that they have spiritual lives that are as nuanced and mysterious as their intellectual lives and their romantic lives I knew to expect this dimension of the book but I could not have known how encouraging it would be to dwell in it for so longIn the end this is a book about life written by a man who is rofoundly in love with life Reading it makes me want to live In lieu of a roper review of my favorite book and in addition to the remark that it would be aptly named Konstantin Levin I resent to you the characters of Anna Karenina in a series of ortraits País íntim painted by dead white menAnna Karenina Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer SargentAlexei Karenin Portrait of Edouard Manet by Henri Fantin LatourAlexei Vronsky Study of a Young Man by John Singer SargentKonstantin Levin Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife by John Singer SargentKitty Scherbatsky Portrait of Julie Manet by Pierre Auguste RenoirStepan Arkadyick Oblonsky Monsieur Charpentier by Pierre Auguste RenoirDolly Oblonsky The Marchioness of Downshire by John William WaterhouseAn old muzhik Tolstoy Plowing by Ilya Yefimovich Repin yes that is really aainting of Tolstoy himself and he looks like what I imagine an old muzhik to look like 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 really 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 Under Lock and Key problem with religion Or is the entire story just Tolstoy s way of seducing the reader into reading theolitical nub of the way of seducing the reader into reading the olitical nub of the the feudalism that was at the heart of all olitics morality and social Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II position I enjoyed the book when I read it but I have to say I skimmed over a lot of theolitics and did wonder which in Tolstoy s heart is the story he wanted to tell love stories or Something Wicked political onesHow I came to read Anna Karenina appendicitis and an air hostess ending with a rotten tomato view spoilerI read 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 room This was a tall narrow room with a tiny window about 8 up andainted 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 really had stom As a daughter of a Russian literature teacher it seems I have always known the story of Anna Karenina the love the affair the train the whole shebang I must have ingested the knowledge with my mother s milk as Russians would sayMy grandpa had an old Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover print of aainting hanging in his garage A young beautiful mysterious woman sitting in a carriage in wintry Moscow and looking at the viewer through her heavy lidded eyes with a stare that combines allure and deep sadness Who s that I asked my grandpa when I was five and without missing a beat he answered Anna Karenina Actually it was A Stranger by Ivan Kramskoy 1883 but for me it has always remained the mysterious and be. Ately in love the couple find their romance doomed by the sexual s of their time and Freud and His Followers place and the double standards that apply to men and women The tale'sanoramic sweep and Tolst.
Leo Tolstoy î 1 SUMMARYAutiful Anna Karenina the femme fatale of Russian literature Imagine my childish glee when I saw this ortrait used for the cover of this book in the edition I chose Yet Anna Karenina is a misleading title for this hefty tome as Anna s story is just the tip of an iceberg as half of the story is devoted to Konstantin Levin Tolstoy s alter ego Count Leo s Russian name was Lev Lev Levin reoccupied with Russian easantry and its relationship to land as well as torn over faith and his lack of it Levin whose story continues for chapters after Anna meets her train But Anna gives the book its name and her light spoke to me than the hilosophical dealings of an insecure and soul searching Russian landowner and so her story comes first Sorry Leo LevinAnna s chapters tell a story of a beautiful married woman who had a A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal passionate affair with an officer and then somehow in her uest for love began a downward spiral fueled by jealousy and guilt and societalrejudices and stifling attitudes But I m glad you will see me as I am The chief thing I shouldn t like would be for Nacht people to imagine I want torove anything I don t want to rove anything I merely want to live to do no one harm but myself I have the right to do that haven t IOn one hand there s little new about the story of a forbidden assionate overwhelming affair resulting in societal scorn and the double standards towards a man and a woman involved in the same act Few readers will be surprised that it is Anna who gets the blame for t WARNING This is not a strict book review but rather a meta review of what reading this book led to in my life Please avoid reading this if you re 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 remained untouched by cultural osmosis but you should read my review 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 records at Shea stadium was The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody perfectly fine I believed that burning books was only a couple of steps down from burningeople 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 The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together patheticain in the ass finally jumped off the Curse of Rocky Colavito platform and killed herself That summer I waserforming in Shakespeare in the Mountains and I knew I d have Captive plenty of down time so it was aerfect summer to read another 1000 age novel I d read Count of Monte Cristo one summer when I was working day camps Les Miserable one summer when I was working at a residential camp and Shogun in one of my final summers of zero responsibility A summer shifting back and forth between Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Pinch Antonio and the Nun which I layed with great gusto impersonating Terry Jones in drag in Comedy of Errors or sitting at a ub 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 ut in the vulgarity jar this The Kennel Club's Illustrated Breed Standards: The Official Guide to Registered Breeds past week Seriously I loathed them all and couldn t give a damn about theirroblems By the end of the first Sons of Brahma 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 wanted 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 rewrite 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 thisack 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 resence of owerful andor fun Shakespeare lays and 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 oint Something s missing in translation I m in the wrong head space I shouldn t have read it while I was living and breathing Shakespeare It will get better It never did Not for me I hated every m kaying age Then near the end of the summer while I was sitting in the tent a couple of hours From The Matinee I the matinee I it was Comedy of Errors because I was there early to set up the uppet 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 art of the novel to read and I needed to get ready 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
read ages whenever I found a free moment and it was looking good Come twilightpages whenever I found a free moment and it was looking good Come twilight 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 retreated to the tent and Rebel Girls pushed through the rest of the book When it was over I emerged full of anger and bile and tossed the book onto theicnic 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 A Treason of Thorns pretty sure she hated listening to my complaints almost as much So I looked at the book and the fire I ate marshmallows and spewed my disdain I sang Beatles songs then went back to my rage 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 tumbled off itsrop log and into the heart of the coals disappearing forever I cheered and danced and exorcised that book from my system I felt better I was cleansed of my communion with those whiny Russians And I vowed in that moment to never again allow myself to get locked into a book I couldn t stand it s still hard but I have ut a few asideSince the burning of Anna Karenina there have been a few books that have followed it into the flames Some because I loved them and wanted to give them an appropriate yre some because I loathed them and wanted to condemn them to the fire I don t see Nazis marching around the flames any either I see a clear mountain night I taste bad wine and hot dogs I hear wind forty feet up in the tops of the trees I smell the chemical ong of toxic ink and I feel the relief of never having to see Anna Karenina on my bookshelf again Whew I feel much better now goodness me russians are dramatic and i wouldnt have it any other way tolstoy is a master character creator and although he is very skilled at conveying re revolution life and society i have found much enjoyment in his characters shoutout to my boy levin than the lot that being said there is a certain complexity in tolstoys method of storytelling there isnt a clear resolution in sight Tolstoy draws a ortrait of three marriages or relationships that could not be different Anna Karenina is rightly called a masterpiece Moreover Tolstoy 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 assions feelings and emotions All in all I was touched by his book because it was one of the most impressive books I have ever readKendi 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 75. Oy's colorful depcition of Russia and the European continent are virtually unparallelled in world literature This novel in the estimation of William Faulkner is the best ever writt. .