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Anna Karenina (Vintage Classics)


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ISBN13: 9780345803924
ISBN10: 0345803922
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The questions and suggested reading list in this guide are intended to enhance your group’s conversation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, one of the greatest novels ever written.

Please note: due to variations in translations, some character names may be spelled differently in this guide.

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3316music, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by 3316music)
For some reason I overlooked this book for all these years, even though I loved War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy tells a vivid story and packs his political ideas into the story throughout. His physical descriptions have clarity one seldom finds and his ability to express the communication barriers that exist between couples is spot on. While I wish he had taken the advice to skip the final chapter, I know consider this a must read. Certainly I would never have wanted to see the film without first reading the book. The book, of course, is better..................much better.
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Tolstoy, Leo
Vintage Books
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Maude, Louise
Maude, Alymer
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Vintage Classics
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"Synopsis" by , Now a major motion picture starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, directed by Joe Wright from a 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


"Synopsis" by , Tolstoy's beloved novel of doomed love, in the classic Louise and Aylmer Maude translation. Vladimir Nabokov called Anna Karenina "one of the greatest love stories in world literature." The passionate and unhappily married Anna's affair with Count Vronsky and its tragic consequences have moved readers for generations. Legend has it that Tolstoy began writing a cautionary tale about adultery and ended up falling in love with his magnificent heroine; it is rare to find a reader of the book who doesn't experience the same kind of emotional upheaval. Anna Karenina is filled with major and minor characters who exist in their own right and fully embody their mid-nineteenth-century Russian milieu, but it still belongs entirely to the woman whose name it bears, whose portrait is one of the truest ever made by a writer.
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