Title: Anna Karenina
Author: Leo Tolstoy
I’ve got a classic for you-Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. I was skeptical of Russian literature in college but picking this one up on my own and at leisure proved worth the read. While most people know it for its length and the tragic love of its heroine, it is a much more nuanced story of the strictures of society, the meaning of personal happiness, and questions of how to live a fulfilled life. Tolstoy contrasts the story of the beautiful and elegant Anna, her rigid, bureaucratic husband Karenin, and her new love, Vronsky with the story of Levin, an aristocratic landowner and famer, and Kitty, the young woman he loves. Through this, Tolstoy weaves a masterful interconnected tale with well-developed characters that ultimately explores some of the greatest questions about life.
–Dawn at KDL’s Gaines Township branch
The official movie tie-in to the major motion picture starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Emily Watson, and Aaron Johnson, directed by Joe Wright. This edition also includes the screenplay by Tom Stoppard.
Leo Tolstoy’s classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.
In their world frivolous liaisons are commonplace, but Anna and Vronsky’s consuming passion makes them a target for scorn and leads to Anna’s increasing isolation. The heartbreaking trajectory of their relationship contrasts sharply with the colorful swirl of friends and family members who surround them, especially the newlyweds Kitty and Levin, who forge a touching bond as they struggle to make a life together. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude