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Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless”, Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
I love it!
This is my favorite book. The story isn't full of action, it is full of substance. It teaches that choices have consequences that affect others, even if we intend otherwise; that good is good and evil is evil. It is a story of love and redemption; of faith and forgiveness, especially of one's self.
When William Faulkner was asked his advice to young writers, he said simply "Read Anna Karenina".
One can never be the same after this book. I'm sad it is over.