He listened to her hard, heavy breathing, and he was unutterably sorry for her. Though this is true, but she's so much more, too. He tried to commit suicide by shooting himself, but he, like Anna, did not die. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Had I not read a drama set in the tropics, I most likely would not have journeyed to 19th century Russia. Should I have kids one day I think I'll make reading this book a precondition for them to start dating that and turning 25.
But he felt all the difficulty of his position and was sorry for his wife, his children, and himself. I recall seeing an article shortly after reading this novel revealing that Tolstoy began with the idea of making a fallen married woman, condemned for her actions, sympathetic to readers for her human weaknesses and her lot in life or something to this effect. Anna Karenina is rightly called a masterpiece. A summer shifting back and forth between Marc Antony in and Pinch, Antonio and the Nun which I played with great gusto, impersonating Terry Jones in drag in , or sitting at a pub in the mountains while I waited for the matinee to give way to the evening show, seemed an ideal time to blaze through a big meaty classic. There was a struggle in his heart between the desire to forget his unhappy brother for the time, and the consciousness that it would be base to do so. This position of affairs had now lasted three days, and not only the husband and wife themselves, but all the members of their family and household, were painfully conscious of it.
In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy brought to perfection the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that bared the Russian soul. The next day, Kitty delivers a healthy baby boy whom they name Dmitri nicknamed Mitya. I guess that speaks to the position of women in society during that time period. I walk around with it on my ipod and find myself smiling at certain scenes and at the subtle understanding of human nature which Tolstoy masters so well and with such wry humour. I should probably start by saying that this book was possibly the best thing I have ever read.
It's about the turmoil and frustrations that plague an entire nation. Slowly, things seem to be turning around - they have a baby girl, and some of their former friends re-open their homes for them. This is a surprisingly fast-moving, interesting and easy to read novel. She must, obviously, tell Karenin the news. The novel resumes almost two months later when Koznyshev visits Levin in the country.
She wants to divorce her husband, but he refuses. Anna Karenina is the tragedy of married aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. An ugly, good-natured man, as he considered himself, might, he supposed, be liked as a friend; but to be loved with such a love as that with which he loved Kitty, one would need to be a handsome and, still more, a distinguished man. Stiva Oblonsky, repulsive in his carelessness and cheating, wins us over with his gregarious and genuinely friendly personality; Anna herself, despite her outbursts, is a devoted mother to her son at least initially. Well, because of Tolstoy's prose, of course - because of its wordiness and repetitiveness.
Anna demonstrates superior intelligence, writes children's books and has a deep appreciation for art. Not soon but it could become a must read every 15 years or so for me. Like Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy attributed the growing disbelief in Christianity to the nefarious influence of the freethinking West. She met Vronsky at the railway station and it eventually destroyed her life. They seemed to Levin an elect band of blissful beings because they were here, near her.
Anna Karenina is, like War and Peace, like The Brothers Karamazov, a rich cultural forum, a series of linked meditations on farming and politics and religion and family and relationships and war and the meaning of life, not just about sex and romance. But he is not a stereotype, he is a great character, fully realized. He has some fun with mysticism, laughs about the ridiculousness of politics. But after a few days, you settle in, and you fee In the beginning, reading Anna Karenin can feel a little like visiting Paris for the first time. Moreover Tolstoy does not spare on social socialism and describes the beginnings of communism, deals with such existential themes as birth and death and the meaning of life.
One day, Karenin faces Vronsky in his home, and he finally cannot bear it anymore and agrees to a divorce. Karenin shatters to pieces and then rebuilds himself into one again. There were only certain spots in the book which I enjoyed in the littlest, and even then I can't remember them. Instead of asking for a divorce, or becoming a dutiful wife, she just moves to Italy with Vronsky where she leads what readers would consider an aimless life. By the end, I am ready to throttle Anna until her pretty eyes bug out of her head and her cheeks turn a vibrant pink, but at the same time, she seemed to be suffering from a host of mental disorders.
The Beatles were right, all you need is love! Petersburg and Count Vronsky follows her. He could not at this date repent of the fact that he, a handsome, susceptible man of thirty-four, was not in love with his wife, the mother of five living and two dead children, and only a year younger than himself. He made a joke or two, and talked just as much as was consistent with due decorum, and began work. Tolstoy makes this very clear, and as a result this book can be read, in part, as a feminist critique of a society that severely limits the freedom of women and condemns them to live at the mercy of their fathers and husbands. It's fluid and natural and makes sense. At the end of Gogol's a Troika gallops off leaving the author to ask with a flourish where it is speeding off to.
Despite Anna's own pitiable emotional state and his own promises, Karenin decides against the divorce. She decides to take her son and flee to Moscow. Nevertheless, I suspect that most of us are inclined to say yes, these books do improve us. The idyll, a genre of literature dating from ancient times, portrays farmers and shepherds as more fulfilled and happy than their urban counterparts, showing closeness to the soil as a mark of the good life. Anna herself is fascinating, and to affirm just how fascinating she is, Tolstoy employs the word fascinating seven times in one paragraph! A young beautiful mysterious woman sitting in a carriage in wintry Moscow and looking at the viewer through her heavy-lidded eyes with a stare that combines allure and deep sadness. He remembered his brother Nikolay, and felt ashamed and sore, and he scowled; but Oblonsky began speaking of a subject which at once drew his attention. Phftttt that was never really an issue and surprise, surprise I enjoyed this story even if I did find parts of it excruciatingly tedious.