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Definitely not the world's best novel,
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This review is from: Anna Karenina (Oxford World's Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Somewhere in this vast sprawling tome is a halfway-decent tale trying to get out, though why Anna has kill herself heaven only knows. The whole of Moscow and Petersburg society seemed to be at adultery, so her shame is imagined. Nor is Tolstoy's prose style anything to write home about (I'm not the first to say this), and as for his interminable fascination with agronomy and apparent bucolic bliss, dear oh dear. Turgenev paints a very different picture of poverty, filth and malicious hatred in the Russian countryside.