Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Anna Karenina - by Leo Tolstoy

US/UK Kindle Classic

Anna Karenina is an 1877 novel by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.  That is an understatement for a book that was admired in its time and which continues to be read and studied.  (US Edition)  (£0.49 UK Edition) 

This is the Maude translation, by the English couple of that name who so ably translated his works.

The novel begins with one of the most famous first lines in literature:

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

Having hooked you, it then continues .  .

Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys' house. The wife had discovered that the husband was carrying on an intrigue with a French girl, who had been a governess in their family, and she had announced to her husband that she could not go on living in the same house with him. This position of affairs had now lasted three days, and not only the husband and wife themselves, but all the members of their family and household, were painfully conscious of it.

Considering the headlines this week, U.S. readers may wonder if they are reading the news or a novel:

"Yes, she won't forgive me, and she can't forgive me. And the most awful thing about it is that it's all my fault—all my fault, though I'm not to blame. That's the point of the whole situation," he reflected. "Oh, oh, oh!" he kept repeating in despair, as he remembered the acutely painful sensations caused him by this quarrel.

Deservedly one of the great novels, you owe it to yourself to find out why or to re-read it.

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