Anna Karenina


By Leo #Tolstoy

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This is one of the #classics by #Leo Tolstoy. The #author has rightly displayed the hypocrisy of the high society of 19th century. The story goes through a series of emotions. In the beginning one feels sorry for Dolly and Levin as well as hatred for Oblonsky and Vronsky. In the course of the story one thinks that right treatment is given to Kitty and things seem bright when she finally marries Levin.

Leo Tolstoy has very nicely dealt with the character of Vronsky. One hates him in the beginning of the story but when his past is spoken about one feels pity for him. By the time he gets married to Anna one can’t help but admire him for his dedication. He stands by her through all the problems, doesn’t even bother about his career or money. Inspite of so much honesty he is left with nothing, not even his daughter in the end. Anna, the central character of the story, truely displays the problems that occur when young women are married off to much older than them. One also feels a tinge of hatred for her as she leaves her ever so faithful husband for a playboy and even forgets her son. She doesn’t ask for a divorse even though Vronsky was completely loyal to her. The hypocrisy of the society is revealed when Anna is boycotted by everyone. Towards the end of the story she gets completely frustrated as she doesn’t get anything that she wished for and ends up taking a drastic step thereby ruining Vronsky’s life and robbing him of his daughter.

This is a beautiful story but needs to be really patient to read this. In case you are planning to read while travelling then this is not the right book. Every character has been nicely described and has a story of his or her own. This makes the story really lengthy. The scene where Anna meets Vronsky is assumed to be closest when literature meets cinema. If you are on a holiday and want to read then this is the right book. This is also a perfect book to be kept on the shelf. Also it is one of the best books to gift. Also if you are on a long train journey then this is definitely the most perfect choice.

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