Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
(Movie Tie-in Edition): Official Tie-in Edition (Vintage Classics)

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...he does put an increasing and sometimes oppressive emphasis on women's role as mothers. But none of this means he ever loses compassion for or patience with the painful, intricate detail of Anna's dilemmas.
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The official movie tie-in to the major motion picture starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Emily Watson, and Aaron Johnson, directed by Joe Wright. This ebook edition also includes the screenplay by Tom Stoppard.

Leo Tolstoy’s classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

In their world frivolous liaisons are commonplace, but Anna and Vronsky’s consuming passion makes them a target for scorn and leads to Anna’s increasing isolation. The heartbreaking trajectory of their relationship contrasts sharply with the colorful swirl of friends and family members who surround them, especially the newlyweds Kitty and Levin, who forge a touching bond as they struggle to make a life together. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.
 
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude

 

About Leo Tolstoy

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Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.
 
Published May 8, 2008 by Oxford Paperbacks. 880 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Law & Philosophy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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All: 21 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 3

Guardian

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Reviewed by James Meek on Aug 31 2012

...he does put an increasing and sometimes oppressive emphasis on women's role as mothers. But none of this means he ever loses compassion for or patience with the painful, intricate detail of Anna's dilemmas.

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Reviewed by Stephen Emms on Feb 02 2010

Regular readers may remember that earlier this year I was seduced by the brilliance of Anna Karenina. However – and shoot me now, aficionados – I have a bone to pick with the great man over the novel's frankly disappointing denouement.

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Reviewed by Stephen Emms on Jan 13 2010

I've owned it for less than two weeks, but I'm already taping up the collapsing spine of Anna Karenina. Unputdownable isn't the word: I can't remember when I last felt like this about a classic author I hadn't previously read.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Gillian Slovo on Mar 19 2004

Anna Karenina still stands as the great story of fated love I once imagined it to be. But what a treat to discover that it is much more than this. It's a novel of such complexity...

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Pajiba

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Reviewed by Jelinas on Jun 15 2010

After spending years being intimidated by Russian lit, I was surprised to find that Tolstoy was quite readable. Considering its length, the book is well-paced and doesn't drag, except when it kind of needs...at the end of the day, there's no denying that Anna Karenina is a pretty amazing work, and it was definitely worth the read.

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The Atlantic

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Reviewed by BEN W. HEINEMAN JR. on Dec 23 2012

Once you have started the novel, you will be completely transported into a complex world that will enthrall, inspire, and awe you and ultimately break your heart.

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Stuff

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Reviewed by HAMISH MCPHAIL on Oct 26 2012

An epic and time consuming read but a book that may well, through its depth of character development and highlighting the questions of our own values, leave the reader changed forever.

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Reviewed by hu hfuf on Oct 15 2012

Anna and Levin are honest and true and show us that we need to look into ourselves and beyond what we have been told to find our way. And that love will give you great joys you've never known and it will break your heart. Put nothing on a pedestal, because even the greatest statue can fall.

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on Jun 16 2014

Tolstoy does not judge his characters moral uprightness. He paints them with words as one would a picture, and lets the readers judge for themselves.

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All the Books I Can Read

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Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Jul 27 2011

...it’s beautifully interesting. You end up caring about them on various levels and thinking about them when you’re not reading the book. I’m still thinking about them, Anna in particular.

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The Blue Bookcase

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Reviewed by The Blue Bookcase on Jun 16 2014

Tolstoy has a particular ability to get to the heart of complex emotions so succinctly...Though the book itself is long (817 pages,) the style is engaging and relatively easy to read.

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The Lit B***h

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on Jul 28 2012

If you are looking for a novel that will sweep you off your feel, look no further. Though it is long and at times a little slow, it is an extraordinary character driven novel that you do not want to miss.

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Booking in Heels

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Reviewed by Hanna Whitehead on Jun 16 2014

I'm 100% positive it didn't need to be anywhere near that long...but I felt that the other parts more than make up more it. It's actually a surprisingly accessible lengthy classic about a woman who gives up everything for love.

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Entomology of a Bookworm

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on Jun 16 2014

There is not much I can say about Tolstoy's great work that has not already been said; scholars far more dedicated and educated than myself have spent entire careers studying the work. But for those intimidated by its size, or its length, or its reputation, I can say this--don't be. Read it.

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Simply Books

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Reviewed by Simply_Megan on Jun 25 2011

If you decide to read Anna Karenina, be warned that it is a huge undertaking. It's long and slow but still an interesting novel if you like books about history, relationships and Russia.

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So Many Books

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Reviewed by Stefanie on Nov 15 2012

...Anna Karenina is all done and I liked it very much. I liked how Tolstoy took his time telling the story. I liked how the characters seemed like real people.

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The Independent Review

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Reviewed by kelseyrolfe on Aug 03 2013

...other than making me proud to have completed it, Anna Karenina didn’t do much for me. Though I’m sure it’s sacrilegious to say, it was just okay. Solidly middle-of-the-pack, but no better than that.

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Literary Corner Cafe Blog

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on Dec 19 2010

This book is a richly detailed portrait of life in 19th century Russia and a beautifully detailed look at the essence of “simply being human.”

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Prolific Living

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on Jun 16 2014

She lives a short burst of happiness, sadness, love, bliss, confusion, grief, vengeance and most of all, a tragedy. She is Tolstoy’s most unforgettable figment of imagination and will live indefinitely in my heart.

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Leeds Student

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Reviewed by Rachel Groocock on Nov 19 2012

...Tolstoy doesn’t draw any explicit moral judgements about his characters, choosing instead to reveal them with omnipotent precision, and let their stories speak for themselves. For an achievement that grand, the intimidating length of this classic can probably be forgiven.

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Narrative Blog

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on Jan 30 2014

Something that makes Anna Karenina easier to read, despite its length, than one might expect of a doorstopper 19th-Century novel is that, like Moby-Dick, its chapters are short. In Anna, they come in sets, like waves. After three or four chapters within the same scene/topic, there’s a big new wave: a shift to a new thread.

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