Penguin Classics Anna Karenina Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1954
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About the Author
Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, and educated privately. He studied Oriental languages and law at the University of Kazan, then led a life of pleasure until 1851 when he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus. He took part in the Crimean War and after the defence of Sebastopol he wrote The Sebastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his reputation. After a period in St Petersburg and abroad, where he studied educational methods for use in his school for peasant children in Yasnaya Polyana, he married Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862. The next fifteen years was a period of great happiness; they had thirteen children, and Tolstoy managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). A Confession (1879-82) marked a spiritual crisis in his life; he became an extreme moralist and in a series of pamphlets after 1880 expressed his rejection of state and church, indictment of the weaknesses of the flesh and denunciation of private property. His teaching earned him numerous followers at home and abroad, but also much opposition, and in 1901 he was excommuincated by the Russian Holy Synod. He died in 1910, in the course of a dramamtic flight from home, at the small railway station of Astapovo. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the story of a woman, Anna of the title, who gives up husband and son and eventually her life in pursuit of a passionate affair with her lover, Vronsky. The ending seems inevitible right from the start of the novel. But as in all great experiences its the getting there that is so moving. Oh how we are torn along with Anna in her struggle to live! And in counterpoint to Anna's travails Tolstoy weaves in the happier story of Levin and his married life. Some say there is much that is autobiographical here; Levin expresses views supposedly held by Tolstoy himself.
"Anna" is a fabulous read for first-timers, and those coming back to reread this seminal novel will be reminded of what makes a novel great.
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Anna Karenina is a masterpiece and made its author world renown and its important to take note of its publication? Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2013 by Anthony Marinelli
Isn't it funny how the second part of that statement completely changes the meaning of the first? And that is the way the entire book reads. Read morePublished on July 20 2001 by Deb Nam-Krane
I was on a binge where I was reading only 1,000+ page books, and so I decided to hit "War and Peace". Read morePublished on March 11 2001 by The Pete
I think that everybody goes through a stage in their lives, something close to a personal renaissance or an emotional birth. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2000 by iamcdn
To say AK is a bad book because one does not like the characters is absurd. The book is superb in its depth of feeling and its honesty. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 1999
What could be better than a beautiful young woman torn by love and responsibility? Nothing, as shown in Leo Tolstoy's captivating romance, Anna Karenina. Read morePublished on April 1 1999
Tolstoy is the best Russian writer ever, and this is the best book ever written by anyone. Russian or American or British.. anyone!Published on May 13 1998