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Saturday, July 7, 2012

read along: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Parts I & II)

today marks the first post for the read along of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina which is hosted by Stephanie over at Five Alarm Book Reviews
advisory: spoiler alert!
general information: Anna Karenina by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy; translated by Constance Garnett
source: Project Gutenberg/Manybooks.net/Amazon
coverage: Part I (chapters 1-34) and Part II (chapters 1-35)
who's who: below are some of the book's major and minor characters who make their appearance in Parts I and/or II:
  • Anna Arkadyevna Karenina - Stiva Oblonsky's sister, Alexei Karenin's wife and Vronsky's lover
  • Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky - Anna's lover
  • Prince Stepan "Stiva" Arkadyevich Oblonsky - Anna's brother
  • Princess Darya "Dolly" Alexandrovna Oblonskaya - Stiva's wife
  • Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin - Anna's husband who is twenty years her senior
  • Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievich Levin - Kitty's suitor and Stiva's friend
  • Nikolai Dmitrievich Levin - Kostya's elder brother and an alcoholic
  • Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya - Dolly's younger sister
  • Princess Elizaveta "Betsy" Fyodorovna Tverskaya - Anna's society friend and Vronsky's cousin
  • Sergei "Seryozha" Alexeyich Karenin - Anna and Karenin's son
  • Agafea Mikhailovna  -  Kostya's housekeeper
  • Countess Vronskaya - Vronsky's mother
  • Alexander Kirillovich Vronsky  -  Vronsky’s brother.
  • Prince Alexander Dmitrievich Shcherbatsky - Kitty, Dolly, and Natalie's father 
  • Princess Shcherbatskaya - Kitty, Dolly, and Natalie’s mother
  • Countess Lydia Ivanovna - Anna’s friend
  • Marya Nikolaevna - Nikolai Levin's companion
  • Madame Stahl - an invalid woman whom the Shcherbatskys meet at a German spa
  • Varvara "Varenka" Andreevna -  a woman who becomes Kitty’s friend at a German spa
  • Stiva's liaison with his children's French governess stirs up trouble in the Oblonsky household 
  • Levin visits Stiva to discuss something important
  • Levin confesses his love to Kitty
  • Anna and Vronsky meet for the first time at the train station
  • Anna stays with her brother Stiva and his family
  • Kitty attends a ball and witnesses something that breaks her heart 
  • Levin returns to the countryside and attends to his farm
  • Kitty's health fails and she goes to Europe with her parents to recuperate
  • Anna and Vronsky's adulterous affair deepens and becomes a topic of discussion among St. Peterburg's elite
  • Anna reveals something to Vronsky before his horse race
  • Anna's husband confronts her about the affair
  • Kitty experiences an epiphany while at a spa in Germany
my thoughts:
"Anna Karenina meets with her son." ...
"Anna Karenina meets with her son."
an illustration for Leo Tolstoy's novel
Anna Karenina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
the first two parts of the novel introduces the reader to a world of power and privilege among the aristocracy in 19th century Russia. one gets to meet the principal characters and learn about their respective personalities as well. 
the idea of love and how it is manifested (familial, romantic or intimate) are explored. love is the major and powerful emotion which not only affects the lives of Anna, Vronsky, Levin, Kitty, Stiva and Dolly but also the people around them. Anna's adulterous relationship with Vronsky takes center stage and triggers questions on how men and women are to conduct themselves appropriately in bourgeois society.
author Leo Tolstoy further connects and relates love with religion, economics, politics and one's personal well-being. 
although this novel was written more than a century ago, most of the situations described in the first two parts are familiar. moral issues, political and economic woes are still part and parcel of the 21st century. 
i think, these are just some of the elements which make Anna Karenina's story timeless and appealing to modern readers. 
please visit the rest of the participating blogs:
thanks for stopping by and i will see you again on July 14th for Parts III and IV. 

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1 comment:

Jeff Rivera said...

An all time favorite story! A story that everybody will always remember! Educational and inspiring! A kind of book that every book lover must have.

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