Monday, December 17, 2012

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina - Free
First Published in 1877

Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy. The novel was originally published in serial form from 1873 to 1877. This is a highly regarded book and one that I personally love. It has grown in popularity in recent years and is widely regarded as a flawless book. The new movie version looks really good with Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina and Jude Law as her husband Count Alexei Karenin.

Anna Karenina is a classic novel dealing with the grand themes of adultery, forgiveness, death and social change in 19th century Russia. Tolstoy loved to write and it shows in this 800 plus page book. His War and Peace is over 1000 pages but with the magic of the Kindle, the weight of the book disappears.

The novel starts out with some immortal words.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The novel is split into eight parts with each part containing 20 to 30 chapters. Because the novel was originally serialized, you can read each chapter as a standalone within a greater work. Tolstoy managed to write a 800 page page-turner. A feat that is highly praised by many including William Faulkner who called it “the best ever written.” Read the book before you go out and see the movie because like I always say, the books are always better than the movies! The novel has been made into at least 12 different movie versions.

Download the book and see what is changed or left out in the new movie version.

Anna Karenina - Free The Constance Garnett translation.
Anna Karenina - $0.99 A nicely formatted version with a table of contents.
Anna Karenina (Maude Translation) - $2.99 The highly praised Maude translation.

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