By Leo Tolstoy
Vladimir Nabokov known as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina one of the best love tales in international literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was once no longer quite a bit a piece of artwork as a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a wealthy and intricate meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.
Married to a robust executive minister, Anna Karenina is a gorgeous girl who falls deeply in love with a prosperous military officer, the dependent count number Vronsky. eager to locate fact and which means in her lifestyles, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to dwell along with her lover. Condemned and ostracized via her friends and liable to suits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna reveals herself not able to flee an more and more hopeless situation.
Set by contrast tragic affair is the tale of Konstantin Levin, a depression landowner whom Tolstoy established mostly on himself. whereas Anna seems to be for happiness via love, Levin embarks on his personal look for non secular success via marriage, kin, and tough paintings. Surrounding those significant plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly, making a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.
From its well-known starting sentence, "Happy households are all alike; each unsatisfied family members is sad in its personal way,” to its stunningly tragic end, this enduring story of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.
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Leo comes under the care of his beloved Aunt Tatiana in Kazan and is educated by tutors. A sensitive and precocious child, Leo displays the keen awareness of death that will haunt him throughout his life. 1845Tolstoy decides to study law. While in school, he takes up a rigorous program of self-betterment, which includes physical exercise, exhaustive study, and the painstaking documentation of his moral development in a diary some have considered to be his writer舗s laboratory. 1847-1850Tolstoy quits his studies and returns to the family estate, which he has inherited.
The family idea is both anxious and troubled, as the novel舗s opening sentence announces: 舠Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way舡 (p. 5). The novel opens with a domestic crisis in the Oblonsky family, but this is only a frame for or introduction to the more insidious destruction of the Karenin family and the eponymous heroine that constitutes the main narrative of the novel. The larger backdrop of the novel is the reconstructionist period of Russian history following the sweeping reforms of the 1860s: the emancipation of the serfs, the restructuring of regional and local government, the institution of reforming committees, church and estate reform, the opening of the universities and professions to non-nobles and to women.
Nor is the sacrament of marriage, gilded and glorified as Tolstoy makes it in the luminous church-wedding scene, sufficient to prevent the stresses and fractures that eventually divide the family and destroy the home. As Dolly, tearfully watching the ceremony, meditates: 舠Among the brides that came back to her memory, she thought too of her darling Anna, of whose proposed divorce she had just been hearing. And she had stood just as innocent in orange flowers and bridal veil. And now? 舖It舗s terribly strange,舗 she said to herself舡 (p.
Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Leo Tolstoy