Sunday, 24 June 2012

thirty-two.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

 Anna Karenina is the unhappy wife of Karenin and the devoted mother to their son. But then she meets Count Vronsky who takes her by storm and she gives up her family and her place in society to be with him.

The extended family of Anna are also important characters in this excellent 800+ pages long Russian classic. I fell in love on the first page and the love lasted until the last page. Or maybe not entirely until the last page, because all the religious doubt was too much. 

My favourite character must be Levin, a friend of Anna's brother and the suitor of his wife's sister. I can't really pinpoint why, but he seemed like a sincere character all through the book. All the other intrigues in the extended family and their friends' lives are all so excellently explained. The only thing I was really curious about was what Dolly's daughter had been doing with the raspberries. It must be something naughty as it wasn't in the book! 

I'm sure there's so much to be said about this book, but the most important thing is that I loved it so much that it will be up there amongst my favourite books. I'm also excited about the new film version which comes out later this year.

This was June's book in Line's 1001 books reading challenge, to see what other Norwegians say about it, go here.

3 comments:

  1. Det ser ut til at vi er flere i lesesirkelen som fikk Levin som favorittkarakter. For min del er det dybden i det psykologiske portrettet jeg faller for, siden han er den av karakterene som helt fra starten av gransker sin egen personlighet og motiver med innbitt strenghet. Det er så godt skrevet at jeg blir helt matt.

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  2. Fin omtale! Eg fekk og medlidenhet med Levin, men det var nok dybden i psykologien og sjalusien til Anna som dreiv meg framover.

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  3. Flott bok:) Likte også Levin veldig godt og jeg må si det samme som Elida det er jo Anna vi vil vite hvordan det går med til slutt:) Ha en herlig dag!:)

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