Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina - Alymer Maude, Louise Maude, Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina is one of those books one "knows" through cultural reference; reading it is quite another matter. This is the first Tolstoy I have read since my childhood, and so it is the first Tolstoy I have really appreciated.

I won't get into detailed criticism here - my memory isn't that good (I read this in 2013), and any small insights that may remain have no doubt been covered (&/or dismissed) by the critical literature many times over. One thing I will say, though, is that I remember being entirely drawn into the world - or rather, world(s), for there are distinctly two, city & country - that Tolstoy detailed for us, so much so that the large events that make this story so filmable - the snubbing at the opera house, Anna's suicide - seemed to fade into the larger texture. It's a very long book, and not to be rushed through; I'm glad I read it when I had time to spare.