Anna Karenina takes you back to nineteenth century Russia. It introduces the readers to the upper class lifestyle but also mentions the peasants living at that time. One can easily imagine themselves living and interacting with the character. In the novel, Leo Tolstoy illustrates the political, religious, and philosophical themes that were debated at the time. Some say that his views are specifically described through the character of Levin.
I do not particularly understand why Tolstoy chose the name of Anna Karenina for this novel since she is only one of the main characters. I would say Levin is as big of a character as she is plus there are many more major characters such as Vronsky, Oblonsky, etc. I think though that Tolstoy dedicated the book to her name because of the ending and because she is kind of the center of all events to the book. I guess I just answered my own question.
Anyways, writing a review is harder than I thought it would be. It took me almost two months’ time to finish reading this book. I enjoyed it for the most part but at some points it was extremely dull. It is hard to follow when Tolstoy penetrates on the political issues of the time even though it was well described and written. Those parts were not that interesting to me but it depends on the reader because some might find those long chapters the best ones in the book. What really stood out to me about the book is how Tolstoy illustrates the characters and the surrounding and the way the characters develop. Tolstoy illustrates the characters so well that you understand why they do the things they do. Even though Anna’s death is devastating, Tolstoy portrays it in a way that I could understand why she did it.
I did not fully understand some parts and cannot fully appreciate this book to its full extent. I think I am going to re-read this book in ten years and understand it better because currently I am new to this kind of literature.
I love the way the book is written even though I only read the translation and I wish I could have read it in Russian.
I think this is one of those books that one must read in their life time. I wouldn’t consider it a waste of time even though it will take a while to read.
I don’t even know how I should rate this book.
I give the writing 5/5
Story 4/5 because of those some dull parts
Well my first review was not so great. I don’t know what i should write about or not. I hope ill get better at this 🙂
With love, Maryana