Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Length: 750 pgs.
Genre: Classics
Rating: 4 stars

There are some books that I just have to sit with after reading them before I write about them in order to think about what I thought of the book. Anna Karenina was definitely one of those books. Admittedly though, this is a book that is hard to write about without giving spoilers. The format for this review will be a little different. First are some little tidbits about the book and then after that I will share some of my thoughts.

📚 Anna Karenina has been called the psychological novel of the 19th century. After reading it, I can see why it has been described as such.

📚 Anna Karenina and War and Peace are considered Tolstoy’s masterpieces.

📚 Doestoyevsky called it “a perfect creation.”

📚 This novel is primarily focused on two love stories: one an adulterous affair and the other a love story characterized by mutual, growing love and understanding.

📚 The opening line says a lot and sets the stage for what is to come. It says: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (p. 5)

At times frustrating, at times moving, at times shocking, at times immensely sad…this novel can take you through a gamut of emotions as you get lost into the lives of the characters. Tolstoy crafted some very complex characters in two sweeping love story story-lines that captivate you and keep you reading. Admittedly, there were a couple of sections that were slower for me to get through, such as pages of political discussions amongst his characters and such. But that in no way detracted from the story. This is definitely a book to discuss with other readers; which means it makes a great book club pick.

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