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“In a novel as good and as spacious as Tolstoy’s all things are possible. It must contain, as it does, the muddle and unpredictability of life, its refusal to supply endings or neat situations. And indeed this is where the greatness of the novel will be found to lie. Of all authors Tolstoy is the one whose art most contradicts his own views, and yet the one whose true personality is most revealed in his art. And what is Anna’s 'true personality'? It remains to the end not an enigma, but a factor and a phenomenon that is infinitely variable, like life itself.”
–from the Introduction by John Bayley
"One of the greatest love stories in world literature."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The book was in perfect condition, such a lovely edition! One of the best quality books I have ever purchased. Received product within 2 days!Published 15 months ago by Alexa Nicoll
Everyone should own a copy! Tolstoy is a great writer and this book should be treated like a bible! Great christmas gift tooPublished on Dec 5 2012 by V
I loved how the writer tells the story in different perspectives through each charater. It is written as if you can feel what each of the characters feel and you know them inside... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2010 by Victoria
Despite some boring points during the book, like Vronskiy's horse race, Levin going hunting with his friends or threshing with his estate's peasants, the chapters where the male... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Anyechka
The novel is about forbidden love. For a women this love becomes a "need to be loved" while for a man "searching for one worth it". Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by N. Delen
Leo Tolstoy truly was one of the greatest social critics of his time and his influence easily rivalled that of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Orthodox Church. Read morePublished on May 7 2003 by Ray Farmer
The story takes place in a time and place far away, but neither the style, nor the history are hard to follow. That's what makes this Tolstoy marterpiece timeless. Read morePublished on June 20 2002 by Huszar