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Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in all of literature Spoiler alert If you have read this book please proceed If you are never going to read this novel be honest with yourself then please proceed If you may read this novel but it may be decades in the future then please proceed Trust me you are not going to remember no matter how compelling a review I have written If you need Tolstoy talking points for your next cocktail party or soiree with those literary black wearing pseudo intellectual friends of yours then this review will come in handy If they pin you to the board like a bug over some major plot 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 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 the passage 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 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 the passions of romance didn’t burn with as hot a flame She wanted 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 the problem 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 problems within ourselves by changing lovers The mask will eventually slip and all will be revealed Ugly can be very prettyIs 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 pearls 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 pretty 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 proposal down flat That was like catching a molotok hammer right between the eyes as a serp sickle swept Kostya off his feet 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 ”She 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 plot progressed I started to sympathize with him Tolstoy was brilliant at rounding out characters so our preconceived notions or the projections of ourselves that we place upon them are forced to be modified as we discover about them Levin had his own problems He had been reading the great philosophers 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 problem that every reasonably intelligent person 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 power with us So the uestion that Levin ended up asking himself the Biggest 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 masterpiece like Anna Karenina that will live forever By the end I am ready to throttle Anna until her pretty eyes bug out of her head and her cheeks turn a vibrant pink but at the same time she seemed to be suffering from a host of mental disorders She was so cut off from everyone and so disdainful of everyone ”It was impossible not to hate such pathetically ugly people” The “friends” she had had been ostracized from her by her own actions I had to believe her loathing of people was a projection of how she felt about herself She needed some time on Carl Jung’s couch but he was a wee tot when this book was published She needed to find some satisfaction in the ordinary and uit believing that a change in geography or in lovers was ever going to fix what was wrong with herself She had such a destructive personality One man tried to kill himself from her actions and another contemplated the act She was maliciously venge

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Анна КаренинаAnna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature with tragic conseuences Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself often expressing the author's own views and convictions In lieu of a proper review of my favorite book and in addition to the remark that it would be aptly named Konstantin Levin I present to you the characters of Anna Karenina in a series of portraits 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 a painting of Tolstoy himself and he looks like what I imagine an old muzhik to look like

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read Анна Каренина epub ↠ Paperback · ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Анна Каренина Author Leo Tolstoy – Gwairsoft.co.uk Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginThroughout Tolstoy points no moral merely inviting us not to judge but to watch As Rosemary Edmonds comments 'He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title 'Vengeance is mine and I will repay 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 problem with religion? Or is the entire story just Tolstoy's way of seducing the reader into reading 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 read 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 ones?How 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 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 really 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 myself?Never 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 told my mother and 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 really let loose at my grandmother They had a very fierce row 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 religious older sister She mellowedEveryone else in the nursing home was old except for an air hostess of 21 She didn't have a private room and didn't like being with the old people so would wander into mine to sit and read 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 reading 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 ribbon 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 remember her and the fabulous books she introduced me too Thank you Helen hide spoiler