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Anna Karenina [Mass Market Paperback]

Leo Tolstoy
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet Classics (1 April 1961)
  • ISBN-10: 0451511247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451511249
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.

He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote The Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. After leaving the army in 1856 Tolstoy spent some time mixing with the literati in St Petersburg before travelling abroad and then settling at Yasnaya Polyana, where he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs. His marriage to Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862 marked the beginning of a period of contentment centred around family life; they had thirteen children. Tolstoy managed his vast estates, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote both his great novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

During the 1870s he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that had always dogged him coming to the fore. A Confession (1879-82) marked an outward change in his life and works; he became an extreme rationalist and moralist, and in a series of pamphlets written after 1880 he rejected church and state, indicted the demands of flesh, and denounced private property. His teachings earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad, and also led finally to his excommunication by the Russian Holy Synod in 1901. In 1910 at the age of eighty-two he fled from home 'leaving this worldly life in order to live out my last days in peace and solitude'; dying some days later at the station master's house at Astapovo.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina book 11 Feb 2014
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Have read this book a long time ago, and never came across it again.
Now with my new gifts from good friends, the Paperwhite kindle I have found this book on amazon
and startet to read it yesterday.

This Kimdle has opened a new world to me, and its lit up so no strainingmy eyes.

Love it all. Thanks amazon, Lee
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather long winded tale 22 Aug 2013
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This is in essence a love story, or rather a combination of love stories set in late 19th Century Russia. It touches on certain political and social issues and problems appropriate to that age and setting but Tolstoy does ramble on quite a bit on matters that really do not add anything menaingful to the storyline.
It may well be that something has been lost in the translation into English but there are many passages that seem to lack coherence. As the story unfolds Tolstoy tends to include more and more sentences and phrases in French in direct speech passages. This may have been a habit of the Russian aristocracy to confound their domestic staff, but I found it incredibly irritating as it ruins the flow of the narrative when I have to consult Google translate to get an idea of what is being said.
As far as the Kindle version is concerned there are numerous instances of bad layout with sentences broken mid-line with perhaps just one word on the next line and the remainders of the sentence next line down. Perhaps I am too fussy in my old age, but it would not be acceptable in a printed book so I do not see why we should accept it in an electronice version.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 6 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
The size, format, font, quality, everything about this book is awful. Haven't read a word as couldn't have been put off more by the presentation. I read a lot and am more than happy with thin pages and small font but this was truly ridiculous.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina (Collectors Library) 11 Oct 2012
By pex
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I ordered this hard back edtion as a birthday treat for myself. It has been many years since I read Anna Karenina and I wanted a book to treasure and re-read in the future. I am very dissapointed with the clumsy translation and the abundance of typos on small words. When finished this edition is heading for the charity shop.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Bad Audiobook 29 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had reached the 4th CD in this audiobook and all the time I had a nagging doubt that I was missing something. So I went on-line to do some research to find a text for this book.
I find to my disappointment that the audiobook supplied is less than 30% of the actual book and yet nowhere did Amazon say that the audiobook is an abridged version.
If you love classic original literature don't bother with this audiobook.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masterpiece 28 May 2010
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
With part of the proceeds of this novel, and the others in this series you are helping to support fighting AIDs and trying to eliminate it in Africa. So you can read one of the world's greatest masterpieces and support a charity at the same time.

Anna Karenina was originaly slated by critics in Russia when it first appeared, but since then has gone on to be acknowledged for the masterpiece it is, indeed some cite this as the perfect novel. Funnily enough I have only met one other person who has read this book, he was an English teacher that I met at a money raising event and he was enthusing greatly on this. I have personally read it many times and it always enthralls me, and I hope that if you read it you will feel the same. Admittedly it is quite a big story but the basic plot is about a love affair. To give anything more than this away would really spoil it for anyone coming to it for the first time. Taking in love, passion, double standards and hypocrisy this novel firmly sets itself in its time by Tolstoy including things that were of concern to the people then living, but despite that this is a story for all time and is ageless.

This can be considered as a crossover between realism and modernism in the novel, as well as incorporating stream of conciousness, and for that alone it would be considered important, but with its great storyline it transcends such things, that really are only of interest for those who study literature.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina 24 Jun 2014
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I did not enjoy this book at all; I found it extremely confusing. In fact I deleted most of it without reading. It is the first time I have ever not completed a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 13 May 2014
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The translation is a little quirky at times, and the Russian names take some keeping up with, but overall, a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read
Been meaning to read for this years. So glad I finally got round to it. Thoroughly enjoyable :) Fab read
Published 2 months ago by Sinead Murdiff Mulligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting piece
I really like it and I found it very useful for my personal interests in literature. It comes as it is described, so very satisfactory.
Published 3 months ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina (Collector's Library)
This is a classic story that I bouight for a friend. It is beautifully produced with superior quality bindings and dust jacket. It is an elegant volume and will last for years.
Published 3 months ago by H H CLARK
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolstoy's masterwork
Decided to re-read this after the rather odd latest screen adaptation. Screen adaptations of the novel are always rather marred by the casting of a femme fatale actress as Anna... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Michael Byford
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I am enjoying this piece but there are a number of silly typing errors in it that can be a bit distracting.
Published 4 months ago by Jenny Handsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A classic novel, easier to read on a kindle as the print can be made bigger! Well worth the effort.
Published 5 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars LONG!
ROMANTIC BUT GETS VERY REPETITIVE AND LONG DRAWN OUT, GOT MIXED UP WITH ALL THE NAMES AND A BIT LOST IN THE STORY LINE.
Published 5 months ago by Nellie
5.0 out of 5 stars a very interesting book, fun counts, you want to understand the text....
a very interesting book, fun counts, you want to understand the text. would recommend everyone to buy and read this book
Published 6 months ago by Vytautas
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna
A super love story but also sad, A good read if you feel in the mood. if feeling sad give it a miss until in a better mood
Published 6 months ago by Mrs C.A. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, soulful book
I was surprised with this book. Many friends had recommended it, and it was on my List of Books to Read, but I was hugely surprised by the soulfulness and detailed way in which... Read more
Published 7 months ago by sukeynew
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