Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

fiction Classics
challenging emotional slow-paced
Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature - with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author's own views and convictions.

Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, 'He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, 'Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.

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Moods

emotional 100%
sad 100%
challenging 75%
reflective 75%
dark 25%
hopeful 25%
inspiring 25%

Pace

slow 83%
medium 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 75% | No: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

3.9