Thursday, January 3, 2008

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Just two days ago, late in the evening, I finished Anna Karenina

Personally, I just don't know about this book. I truly had to make myself pick up the book. The only reason I even continued to read it was because I truly enjoyed reading about Levin, a somewhat major character to the story, but obviously not the main one!! What's really interesting to me is shortly before reading this book, I was chatting in passing with a friend of mine about reading books about adultery. Typically, I don't like to read them. Not that I have anything against adultery . . . WAIT . . . who am I kidding? Of course I do!! :) Anyways, the adultery starts on page one and is completely throughout the book. I just couldn't find myself to appreciate this classic or even come close to sympathizing with the main character.

I am now asking myself . . . Was this book worth the read? Honestly, I just don't know. I might recommend it strictly for Levin's story, but you can't have just that. So many of the characters are intertwined. It was just so full of despair and depression. I have read some downer books in the past, but none that have turned me off so much. For all of you out there who have loved this book, please shed some light on it for me. I was just not impressed!

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