Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an enormous and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, taking part in out the contrasts of urban and state existence and all of the diversifications on love and kin happiness. whereas prior models have softened the powerful, and occasionally stunning, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation actual to his strong voice. This award-winning team's authoritative variation additionally comprises an illuminating creation and explanatory notes. attractive, full of life, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina may be the definitive textual content for generations to come back.

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Clutching at his arm, she nodded smiling to Levin. She was more splendid that he had imagined her. When he thought of her, he could call up a vivid picture of her to himself, especially the charm of that little fair head, so freely set on the shapely girlish shoulders, and so full of childish brightness and good humor. The childishness of her expression, together with the delicate beauty of her figure, made up her special charm, and that he fully realized. But what always struck him in her as something unlooked for, was the expression of her eyes, soft, serene, and truthful, and above all, her smile, which always transported Levin to an enchanted world, where he felt himself softened and tender, as he remembered himself in some days of his early childhood.

He was asking for you. ’ ‘Maybe he’s gone into the passage, but here he comes anyway. b One of the members going down—a lean official with a portfolio—stood out of his way and looked disapprovingly at the legs of the stranger, then glanced inquiringly at Oblonsky. Stepan Arkadyevitch was standing at the top of the stairs. His good-naturedly beaming face above the embroidered collar of his uniform beamed more than ever when he recognized the man coming up. ’ he said with a friendly mocking smile, scanning Levin as he approached.

Levin’s conviction that it could not be was founded on the idea that in the eyes of her family he was a disadvantageous and worthless match for the charming Kitty, and that Kitty herself could not love him. In her family’s eyes he had no ordinary, definite career and position in society, while his contemporaries by this time, when he was thirty-two, were already, one a colonel, and another a professor, another director of a bank and railways, or president of a board like Oblonsky. But he (he knew very well how he must appear to others) was a country gentleman, occupied in breeding cattle, shooting game, and building barns; in other words, a fellow of no ability, who had not turned out well, and who was doing just what, according to the ideas of the world, is done by people fit for nothing else.

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