Anna Karenina Update #1

I am making progress…a little over a quarter of the way through the book so far (finished Chapter 10 of Part 3, to be exact, and there are 8 parts total).

Current thoughts:

  • I like how Tolstoy opened the story with scenes that made the reader (well, this reader, anyway) feel sympathetic toward both Levin and Anna. It keeps me reading through some of the (admittedly slow, lengthy) sections where Levin is farming and reflecting on farming, and heightens the tension in the story about Anna (no, Anna, don’t do it! Come on now, think!)
  • I am more convinced of Anna and Vronsky being really in love than I previously was…but part of the point of the book is that their being “in love” isn’t really an excuse for their actions.
  • Some of the characters Kitty meets while abroad remind me of the little I know about Tolstoy’s philosophy/lifestyle, but the narrative critique of several of these characters (Mme. Stahl in particular) makes me want to research him a little more.

Recent quote I enjoyed:

(From Part 3, Chapter 7, talking about the character Darya Alexandrovna Oblonsky)

“…the children themselves were even now repaying her in small joys for her sufferings. Those joys were so small that they passed unnoticed, like gold in sand, and at bad moments she could see nothing but the pain, nothing but sand; but there were good moments too when she saw nothing but the joy, nothing but gold.”


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