- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 848 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 46mm | 558g
- Publication date: 1 August 1997
- Publication City/Country: Herts
- ISBN 10: 1853262714
- ISBN 13: 9781853262715
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 396
Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. Introduction and Notes by E.B. Greenwood, University of Kent. Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density. Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels,- of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding joy in life's many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic relief.
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By Lyndel Hadley 28 Sep 2010
This book is brilliantly written and actually very easy to understand, believe it or not. I would absolutely reccommmend it to anyone who has a passion for the classics. I wouldn't have bought this particular edition myself as it does not have quite the same beautiful, collector's item effect as other, only slightly more expensive editions would, but for those that aren't too concerned about all that will find a bargain that will comfortably last a few rereads.
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A famous legend surrounding the creation of Anna Karenina tells us that Tolstoy began writing a cautionary tale about adultery and ended up by falling in love with his magnificent heroine. It is rare to find a reader of the book who doesn't experience the same kind of emotional upheaval: Anna Karenina is filled with major and minor characters who exist in their own right and fully embody their mid-nineteenth-century Russian milieu, but it still belongs entirely to the woman whose name it bears, whose portrait is one of the truest ever made by a writer.