Book Reviews, Classics

Anna Karenina

Amazon.com: Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics) (9781593080273): Leo  Tolstoy, George Stade, Constance Garnett, Amy Mandelker: Books

Title: Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Genre: Classics

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First-Impressions

“She was enchanting in her simple black dress, enchanting were her full arms with the bracelets on them, enchanting her firm neck with its string of pearls, enchanting her curly hair in disarray, enchanting the graceful, light movements of her small feet and hands, enchanting that beautiful face in its animation; but there was something terrible and cruel in her enchantment.”

There is something very special and enjoyable about reading a magnificent 1,000 page long Russian tale woven and written by one of literature’s greatest storyteller’s. This story is ultimately about a captivating woman and a non-conformist farmer, but it is also about so, so, so much more. It’s about Stepan Arkadyvich – reckless but still somehow likeable, Alexei Alexandrovich – despite never having done anything technically wrong you somehow lose all sympathy for him, Kitty – you love her for her glamour and then stay for her sweetness and Dolly, Serzoyha and of course… our man, Vronsky.

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Classics, first-impressions

First-Impressions: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (Collectors Library): Amazon.co.uk: Leo Tolstoy:  9781907360008: Books

For THE LONGEST TIME, I somehow misread the title of this book and thought it was “Anne” Karenina. It was only after I was 10% through this book (ah, the joys of reading on Kindle) that I realised it was “Anna” and was mortifyingly disappointed in myself. I swear I saw it say “Anne” somewhere.. it must be to do with the translation…

Anyways, in yesterday’s post, I discussed how I sometimes know I’m going to love a book before I have read it, and this is partially the case with this book. Partially, because although I knew that this was a timeless classic (check) and the premise was absolutely intriguing (check) and it is considered the greatest novel of all time (wow it’s just screaming at me at this point)… I think this may possibly be the first time I’ve read a Russian book (translated, of course) and my first book from Leo Tolstoy so I wasn’t sure how those two factors would play out. I was also hesitant to begin, because it is one thousand pages long (the equivalent to three normal sized books) and I didn’t want to be stuck into one book for… lord save me, the whole summer.

Nevertheless, I was hopeful. In my experiences in reading Alexandre Dumas’ book The Count of Monte Cristo (which I’m still reading – please forgive me it’s also one thousand pages… there is a story to my relationship with this book which I can talk about in another post – I started on ebook and then purchased myself a lovely copy) I realised the necessity of having a good translation, so I Googled to find the best translation of Anna Karenina and ensured that my ebook had that translation and then I began my reading.

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Book Reviews, Classics, dystopian

1984 by George Orwell

Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell – Sam Solomon

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Dystopia

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

I bought myself this book on a whim at Waterstones, as a gift to myself upon finishing A Levels (I don’t usually buy physical copies of books – especially from Waterstones!). It is rare that such spontaneous purchase are successful, and I am very glad that this is the book I chose as it turned out to be a perfect kickstart to my summer reading.

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