Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. Anna meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate.


My opinion:

I did not like this book for a few reasons:

1. It is waaaaay too long. I read books after I read a junk of this one and got back but I just couldn't get through it.

2. The characters are so whiny and making so much drama and I just didn't care.

3. There were too many pov's and they used different names for the same characters (if depended to who they were speaking).


If it was way to long and I didn't struggle with point two and three, I'd probably would have finished it, but halfway through I decided to quit. I guess this book isn't for me which is sad, because it's one of Rory Gilmore's favorite books. I might go watch a movie adaption though, but I'm not so sure.


What is your opinion about Anna Karenina?