- Hardcover: 864 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (28 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014119961X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141199610
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.9 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Anna Karenina (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Hardcover – 28 Nov 2013
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The new and brilliantly witty translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is a must (Lisa Appignanesi Independent, Books of the Year)
Pevear and Volokhonsky are at once scrupulous translators and vivid stylists of English, and their superb rendering allows us, as perhaps never before, to grasp the palpability of Tolstoy's "characters, acts, situations" (James Wood New Yorker)
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Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, "Anna Karenina is Tolstoy's classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, "We are not to take "Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Anna Karenina the novel, is absolutely brilliant, it holds you from the beginning, all the way throuh to the end. Taking us through such things as hypocrisy and jealousy, it takes us into a family and keeps us rooted in all the problems that it faces. If you have never read this before then now is definitely the time, if you have already read it, surely it is about time you read it again.
So remember, although this isn't the most accurate translation on the market, this is free and is easily readable, plus it does keep to the story, also the biggest complaints about her accuracy usually fall on her translations of Dostoevsky more than any other author.
I skipped the parts about agriculture in nineteenth century Russia as this did not interest me and I didn't see what bearing it had on the fates of the characters.
What I also love is how Tolstoy gives us not just the actions of the characters, but there innermost thoughts and feelings as well - including the odd dog or two!!! Utterly wonderful to feel and know exactly what each character is going through and when a character such as Anna does not think of something, it shows just how far into denial she really is.
I'm totally spellbound by this book and encourage others to eat it up too.
Its a free kindle download, so you'd be daft not too!
I bought this in the Kindle edition as I couldn't be bothered to carry a paper version around.
I suspect an edition with commentary would guide you as to which bits you can safely skip.
I preferred War and Peace but this is still an excellent read.
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I would highly recommend Anna Karenina as a book, and think this particular clothbound Penguin is quite nice. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Celia
it seems inappropriate to say anything other than this is a great bookPublished 4 days ago by John Penton
Looked this book, what a fantastic writer Leo Tolstoy. His descriptive language is amazing.Published 15 days ago by Anne Koscielska
My daughter thought she 13 would like reading about love and the war during this period in Russia. Although very long, dark and emotional, she enjoyed the readPublished 28 days ago by allison
Fabulous book. Read it under the covers as a Teenager. Admired Levin as a character. Seems very like Leo Tolstoy himself.Published 1 month ago by Nike