Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

Vladimir Nabokov known as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the best love tales in global literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it used to be no longer lots a piece of artwork as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a wealthy and complicated meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a strong executive minister, Anna Karenina is a gorgeous girl who falls deeply in love with a prosperous military officer, the dependent count number Vronsky. wanting to locate fact and which means in her existence, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to dwell together with her lover. Condemned and ostracized through her friends and liable to matches of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna unearths herself not able to flee an more and more hopeless situation.

Set in contrast tragic affair is the tale of Konstantin Levin, a depression landowner whom Tolstoy dependent mostly on himself. whereas Anna appears for happiness via love, Levin embarks on his personal look for non secular achievement via marriage, kin, and difficult paintings. Surrounding those primary plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly, making a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

From its well-known starting sentence, "—“Happy households are all alike; each unsatisfied kin is gloomy in its personal way,”— to its stunningly tragic end, this enduring story of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.

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And so, just as before, only by occupation in the day, by morphine at night, could she stifle the fearful thought of what would be if he ceased to love her. (page 613) Š 舠He wants to show me that his love for me is not to interfere with his freedom. 舡 (page 649) Š 舠Is this life? 舡 (page 649) Š There are no conditions to which a man cannot become used, especially if he sees that all around him are living in the same way. (page 651) Š Suddenly all disguises were thrown off and the very kernel of her soul shone in her eyes.

Yet Anna舗s story, that of a doomed love affair and a woman舗s conflict over remaining with her husband and son or abandoning her family to elope with her lover is, if anything, even more of a novelistic clichȳ than the story line of the country squire and his estate. Tolstoy himself referred to his novel as 舠low舡 and 舠banal舡 in its focus on the quotidian. It is one aspect of Tolstoy舗s great genius that his literary pictures of the everyday and the commonplace open effortlessly onto another, more transcendent dimension.

Page 651) Š Suddenly all disguises were thrown off and the very kernel of her soul shone in her eyes. (page 652) Š For an instant she had a clear vision of what she was doing, and was horrified at how she had fallen away from her resolution. But even though she knew it was her own ruin, she could not restrain herself, could not keep herself from proving to him that he was wrong. (page 685) Š Then, for the first time, grasping that for every man, and himself too, there was nothing in store but suffering, death, and forgetfulness, he had made up his mind that life was impossible like that, and that he must either interpret life so that it would not present itself to him as the evil jest of some devil, or shoot himself.

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