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Anna Karenina is the tragedy of married aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing—something that prefigures her own later situation, though with less tolerance for her by others. A bachelor, Vronsky is willing to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky eventually takes Anna to Europe where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fears losing control and eventually takes her own life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Karenina

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Anna Karenina
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anna karenina
March 24th, 2015
I found this book very long and much too discriptive. enjoyed meeting the characters but gee as soon as I thought the story was over it started up all over again. Much too much information for me.
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Anna kerinina
March 16th, 2015
Deep insight into human emotions and psychology. Things we know but we don't know. Could change your way of thinking and thus many other things.
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May 2nd, 2014
Couldn't stay involved in this book.
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Anna Karenina
April 15th, 2014
What an amazing book, I felt that I knew each character so well, my sympathy with Levin grew throughout the book. Tolstoy describes brilliantly Anna's state of mind at the end and I felt her suffering while at the same time I was empathising with Vronsky. While the book seems to have taken me forever to read I will miss reading it and it's descriptions which created such images in my mind and, at times I felt I could feel and smell what was going on!
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Tolstoy classic!
February 9th, 2014
Great book, quirky characters. Relatable in spite of their aristocratic natures! Surprising lack of sympathy for titular character.
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Anna Karenina
January 4th, 2014
Tolstoy's magnificent romp through Russian aristocracy as of the mid nineteenth century. The characters in this tome seem to do everything possible to maintain a comfortable mediocrity in their dealings with their underlings and each other. They debate and drink gallons of tea with no real effect on anyone, including each other. No real empathy from anyone, and this is brought on home to Anna especially. It's no wonder that theses attitudes of theirs brought on the Russian revolution. In my opinion Tolstoy could see this dangerous future, and in this book there are predictions of things to come. A great read!
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Nice book
December 22nd, 2013
Its really nice book
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Masterpiece
December 8th, 2013
Best book ever written, the book of books!
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Intriguing
October 11th, 2013
I found I was more interested in the other characters surrounding Anna than Anna herself. It was an intellectual journey for the characters especially for Anna and Levin. Levin who I took the most interest in from the start and rather loved. I don't mean to downplay Anna's story at all, her character development was outstanding in detail.
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Ana Karenina
August 26th, 2013
What a journey! The writing is riveting. The characters were so real! The respective sense of conflict for each of the characters was true to each one and yet touched the reader as if his own.
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Anna Karenina
July 3rd, 2013
Loved the book. Really enjoyed the story. Just didn't realise it was quite as long as it was.
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a women's stuiggle - classic
April 21st, 2013
If you like crazy sad endings and classic women rights with flare for emotional distress - you'll enjoy it.
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Long and windy...
March 16th, 2013
I didn't really enjoy this. I thought some passages were just too long. And Anna as a character annoyed me!
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Anna Karenina
February 16th, 2013
Went on forever but was interesting
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Another classic pice of literature read.
January 27th, 2013
A struggle to read at the beginning, but well worth the effort. I am very glad to have read his before hearing or seeing too much about the movie.
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Embodiment of Life
January 25th, 2013
This is a complicated read for the average reader, but a wonderful read for the avid reader! Full of the embodiment of life on different levels, life cherished as well as regretted. Wonderful descriptions of the people and places therein. Take your time reading this book! It was hard to put down at times and a good read! Also great descriptions in Russian politics, social casts, the drama of love, and the questioning of the inevitable. This is a soul seeking book!
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Anna Karenina
December 23rd, 2012
This is one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. It contains passages that leave you knowing you are reading something that will always be in print. When we venture out with The peasants to cut the wheat we are there. The story is still being told. Anna is ruined by her choices. Before you see the latest film adaptation read the book. You won't be sorry you did.
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