Ginny’s #CBR5 Review #01: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

If I were given the task of teaching an alien race about what it’s like to be human, I might start by giving them Anna Karenina to read. Tolstoy follows his characters deep into their heads and lays out, in detail, how each one thinks and feels, what motivates them to act, and even how they think about their own thoughts. He does this with an uncompromising realism and absence of judgement: there are no heroes and villains, only people acting in ways that make sense to them at the time. I’m guessing that which characters are more likeable and sympathetic will depend very much on the reader’s own perspective. I certainly have my favorites, but for nearly every character there came a moment where I thought, “Yes, I have felt like that, exactly.”

(Read the rest of the review at my blog!)


3 thoughts on “Ginny’s #CBR5 Review #01: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  1. I feel like this is one of those books that I should read, and would be glad I did once finished (like Moby Dick), but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

    • It’s been on that list for me for about ten years! It was my favorite English professor’s favorite book, which helped push it to the top of my “literary classics I should really get around to someday” list, and then when the movie came out I decided I needed to read it in case I ever watch the movie (which I haven’t, yet.) It helps that I have a 90-minute commute and lots of reading time these days.

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