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This carefully crafted ebook: "Anna Karenina - 2 Classic Unabridged Translations in one eBook (Garnett and Maude translations)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first real novel and Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". Hi This carefully crafted ebook: "Anna Karenina - 2 Classic Unabridged Translations in one eBook (Garnett and Maude translations)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first real novel and Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style", and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written". The novel is currently enjoying enormous popularity, as demonstrated by a recent poll of 125 contemporary authors by J. Peder Zane, published in 2007 in The Top Ten, which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest novel ever written". Plot: A bachelor, Vronsky is willing to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky eventually takes Anna to Europe where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity. About the Garnett translation: Constance Garnett’s translation of Anna Karenina is still among the best. Some scholars feel that her language is closer to the 19th-century sense of the original. Garnett translated seventy volumes of Russian prose for publication, including all of Dostoyevsky's novels. A friend of Garnett's, D. H. Lawrence, was in awe of her matter-of-fact endurance, recalling her "sitting out in the garden turning out reams of her marvelous translations from the Russian. She would finish a page, and throw it off on a pile on the floor without looking up, and start a new page. That pile would be this high--really, almost up to her knees, and all magical." About the Maude translation: the translation by Aylmer Maude (1858-1938) and Louise Shanks Maude (1855-1939) is highly considered by scholars. This unabridged and annotated translation from the original russian by Louise and Aylmer Maude was originally published in 1918. The Maudes are classical translators of Leo Tolstoy who worked directly with the author and gained his personal endorsement.


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This carefully crafted ebook: "Anna Karenina - 2 Classic Unabridged Translations in one eBook (Garnett and Maude translations)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first real novel and Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". Hi This carefully crafted ebook: "Anna Karenina - 2 Classic Unabridged Translations in one eBook (Garnett and Maude translations)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first real novel and Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style", and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written". The novel is currently enjoying enormous popularity, as demonstrated by a recent poll of 125 contemporary authors by J. Peder Zane, published in 2007 in The Top Ten, which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest novel ever written". Plot: A bachelor, Vronsky is willing to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky eventually takes Anna to Europe where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity. About the Garnett translation: Constance Garnett’s translation of Anna Karenina is still among the best. Some scholars feel that her language is closer to the 19th-century sense of the original. Garnett translated seventy volumes of Russian prose for publication, including all of Dostoyevsky's novels. A friend of Garnett's, D. H. Lawrence, was in awe of her matter-of-fact endurance, recalling her "sitting out in the garden turning out reams of her marvelous translations from the Russian. She would finish a page, and throw it off on a pile on the floor without looking up, and start a new page. That pile would be this high--really, almost up to her knees, and all magical." About the Maude translation: the translation by Aylmer Maude (1858-1938) and Louise Shanks Maude (1855-1939) is highly considered by scholars. This unabridged and annotated translation from the original russian by Louise and Aylmer Maude was originally published in 1918. The Maudes are classical translators of Leo Tolstoy who worked directly with the author and gained his personal endorsement.

30 review for Anna Karenina - 2 Classic Unabridged Translations in one eBook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miglė Keliotytė

    The version of "Anna Karenina" I'm reading is cut into two parts. This is the second one and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I have been reading this part for quite a while, I don't know why, but it took me long to finish it. First of all, I could hardly get into it, I don't even really know why. Maybe it's because the excitement was gone (view spoiler)[when Levin and Kitty finally got together. (hide spoiler)] But it was really hard to get into and at some parts I found myself spacing o The version of "Anna Karenina" I'm reading is cut into two parts. This is the second one and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I have been reading this part for quite a while, I don't know why, but it took me long to finish it. First of all, I could hardly get into it, I don't even really know why. Maybe it's because the excitement was gone (view spoiler)[when Levin and Kitty finally got together. (hide spoiler)] But it was really hard to get into and at some parts I found myself spacing out, reading the book and not having an slightest idea of what's going on. Anna felt irrritating at times, but as a person who knows what depression feels like I kind of could understand her. The most irritating thing in the book for me, however, was those phylosophical parts, which seemed to never end. Sometimes it felt like I was reading an philosophy textbook, and not a work of literature. Especially at the end, when storyline with Anna ended, and Levin kept thinking about his bond with religion. Nevertheless, I liked the book. Actually, I loved it. There were parts that touched me so much emotionally that I cried. Especially Anna's fate, her depression and desire for love. I'm really happy I read this classic work and I know I will never forget what influence it gave to me. I recommend this work to all classical literature lovers. It really won't leave you disappointed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marian FX

    This 2nd volume (and probably the first one too) should be called „Inside Constantine Dmitrich Levin” instead of „Anna Karenina”. I love introspection, but, God, this one goes a little bit too much into details, taking a huge 70% of the book describing the private life of Levin. At least the last part, with The Desolation of Anna Karenina, keeps you on the edge of your seat and proves what a great writer Tolstoy is; I also enjoyed the final chapter, with Levin's Book of Revelation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Manca

    I hated Ana's character, but I loved all parts with Levin and Kitty :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    büşra

    I feel like this book will always have a special meaning for me because while I was not-so-actively trying to finish this book I've moved to another city, started working for the first time in my life and for the first time understood what being homesick might mean. I know the book is not about that at all but I feel like in some way it was one of the more familiar things I have around me that I have a connection to, and also it's such a good book that it has a whole world living inside. Thank G I feel like this book will always have a special meaning for me because while I was not-so-actively trying to finish this book I've moved to another city, started working for the first time in my life and for the first time understood what being homesick might mean. I know the book is not about that at all but I feel like in some way it was one of the more familiar things I have around me that I have a connection to, and also it's such a good book that it has a whole world living inside. Thank God for classics!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diana Stormblessed

    Ok, this is a review of the book as a whole, not just part 2. Overall, I didn't like this book. And here's why: Tolstoy is writing to make a social and political point. The problem is he focuses way to much on that and not enough on his characters. It feels like the characters are just there to make his point, and aren't really the primary focus of the book. The book is full of relationships, but each of them is glazed over. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and the relationships were Ok, this is a review of the book as a whole, not just part 2. Overall, I didn't like this book. And here's why: Tolstoy is writing to make a social and political point. The problem is he focuses way to much on that and not enough on his characters. It feels like the characters are just there to make his point, and aren't really the primary focus of the book. The book is full of relationships, but each of them is glazed over. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and the relationships were glazed over. In the end I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. And to add to that, I felt that there were too many minor characters. I kept getting them confused. Overall, the only person I cared any about at all was Levin. This book should have been called Levin in stead of Anna Karenina. Anyway, there was a lot of skimming involved, especially during talks of agriculture and elections, but the ending got better so I couldn't give it only 1 star. Either way, you won't be seeing me rereading this one, ever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MedinaReads

    What an unexpected ending . I enjoyed this book much more that I did for the first one.This book was amazing but not addictive because I thought I would love it much more .Reading the two parts wasn't easy in fact because they weren't even a little bit attractive :/ , But Anna's death for me was something quite shocking I started reading those book from some high-recommendations ,but the way this book was written wasn't the correct one for me .I thought I would love it but it was the opposite .It What an unexpected ending . I enjoyed this book much more that I did for the first one.This book was amazing but not addictive because I thought I would love it much more .Reading the two parts wasn't easy in fact because they weren't even a little bit attractive :/ , But Anna's death for me was something quite shocking I started reading those book from some high-recommendations ,but the way this book was written wasn't the correct one for me .I thought I would love it but it was the opposite .It was treating all the same things it was kind of hard to get into it because it had a lot of not-understandable situations that made me stop reading and starting over other books.But I took a decision for continuing them and didn't stop until the end. And the end came surprisingly , with Anna's unexpected suicide. This was my short-review of Anna Karenina 2. Thanks for being attentive :D .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mauricio

    It has taken a long time to get myself to the end of this book. Leo grasps the relationship between objects, rituals and meaning quite well so it is always a little trip to the past to read of Russia back then. He does a lot of internal character development and tries to explain how very different people experience life in different ways from the conservative intelectual who is afraid to exist outside the norm to the emotional charmer who idealizes everyone she loves to the point of finding in e It has taken a long time to get myself to the end of this book. Leo grasps the relationship between objects, rituals and meaning quite well so it is always a little trip to the past to read of Russia back then. He does a lot of internal character development and tries to explain how very different people experience life in different ways from the conservative intelectual who is afraid to exist outside the norm to the emotional charmer who idealizes everyone she loves to the point of finding in everyone she loves the constant disapointment of dealing with their real selves... The book can get ovelry descriptive at times and internal monologues become at times an excuse for Tolstoy to express his sociopolitcal points of view, which are interesting but a little out of flow in my opinion. Overall the more you read the more interesting it becomes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Flora Smith

    Even though I really enjoyed reading Anna Karenina I thought I would never get to the end of it. The characters in this book took on lives of their own and you can see in them people that you know and even a little of yourselves. Anna was only one of the many lives contained within the pages altho she touched all of them but the title is misleading because it was not solely about her. This book read like a Russian soap opera and brought to life all levels of society from the peasants to the aris Even though I really enjoyed reading Anna Karenina I thought I would never get to the end of it. The characters in this book took on lives of their own and you can see in them people that you know and even a little of yourselves. Anna was only one of the many lives contained within the pages altho she touched all of them but the title is misleading because it was not solely about her. This book read like a Russian soap opera and brought to life all levels of society from the peasants to the aristrocacy. And contained the many views of religion, politics, womans rights, as well as agriculture and medicine that was around at the time. This was a fascinating read on many levels, but it took forever to finish.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Burd

    A complicated web of deception and betrayal. Beautifully written. A tragic love story. What can I say? It's a classic masterpiece written by one of the greatest writers of all time. And with one of the best opening lines of any novel: ''All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.'' My favorite character is Levin. He's a philosopher. Always contemplating life, full of passion, in awe of the beauty of nature and fascinated with the human condition. I borrowed it from A complicated web of deception and betrayal. Beautifully written. A tragic love story. What can I say? It's a classic masterpiece written by one of the greatest writers of all time. And with one of the best opening lines of any novel: ''All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.'' My favorite character is Levin. He's a philosopher. Always contemplating life, full of passion, in awe of the beauty of nature and fascinated with the human condition. I borrowed it from the library after reading a Margaret Atwood novel, I forget which one now, that referenced Anna Karenina. I felt a pang of guilt for never having read it and was glad I finally did.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Enock Ulle

    A true masterpiece of world literature this colossal work spreads over two volumes with almost a thousand pages in this digital edition. What is the most intriguing is the ever so accurate depiction of the diverse feminine state of mind, the hypocritical Russian society as the backdrop of the action and the sad conclusion that even in our times things haven't changed much. Women still pay a disproportionate price for breaking free from a marriage, regardless of how meaningless it might be for th A true masterpiece of world literature this colossal work spreads over two volumes with almost a thousand pages in this digital edition. What is the most intriguing is the ever so accurate depiction of the diverse feminine state of mind, the hypocritical Russian society as the backdrop of the action and the sad conclusion that even in our times things haven't changed much. Women still pay a disproportionate price for breaking free from a marriage, regardless of how meaningless it might be for them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    I first started reading this in my final year of high school and then slowly picked at it over the coming years. I'm in my third year of university now and have finally finished this classic. I definitely got more out of it this year than when I first started it, and had much more appreciation for Tolstoy's writing. However, I also realized how irrational Anna was and by her final scene I couldn't take her seriously. I thought this was still an interesting book and loved all the different subplo I first started reading this in my final year of high school and then slowly picked at it over the coming years. I'm in my third year of university now and have finally finished this classic. I definitely got more out of it this year than when I first started it, and had much more appreciation for Tolstoy's writing. However, I also realized how irrational Anna was and by her final scene I couldn't take her seriously. I thought this was still an interesting book and loved all the different subplots, but be aware that it's kind of like eating an elephant.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    I don’t like Tolstoi, there must be something wrong with me, I believe. I liked the Russian version movie of War and Peace directed by Sergei Bandarchok, but reading the novel was quite boring. I rather like Anna Karenina, the only pjece of Tolstoi I liked ---

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This took me a long time to read. I wanted to be among it's fans, but in the end couldn't become a champion for a book celebrating infidelity. Plus, it was just so darn sad. I'm glad I tackled it but wouldn't need to pick it up ever again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zala

    Dostoyevskiy explains everything perfectly: "Russians in general are broad in their ideas, Avdotya Romanovna, broad like their land and exceedingly disposed to the fantastic, the chaotic. But it's a misfortune to be broad without a special genius."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    i read and read this book several times in my teens (beleive me or not!): just to keep telling to myself: never be like Anna!!!! Never! Loser womens, this is so not fair!!!!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Nielsen

    Oh Anna and Mr. Vronsky, that ending was not what should have happened (but are endings ever that?) This book had me caught up in the characters emotional lives (read: love affairs), and I must say, much to my dismay, that the feelings and insecurities have a strong hold on these characters (not looking at Mr. Karenin here). It was intense, all-consuming and very sad to see these brilliant people doubt everyone and everything based on their own doubt and insecurities. I liked it and disliked it a Oh Anna and Mr. Vronsky, that ending was not what should have happened (but are endings ever that?) This book had me caught up in the characters emotional lives (read: love affairs), and I must say, much to my dismay, that the feelings and insecurities have a strong hold on these characters (not looking at Mr. Karenin here). It was intense, all-consuming and very sad to see these brilliant people doubt everyone and everything based on their own doubt and insecurities. I liked it and disliked it and in these very moments I have no clue what my feelings about this book are. They're torn and all over the place.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Halvor (Raknes)

    My review is here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fainmirjana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah M.

    Speechless!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Halvor (Raknes)

    This book reminded me a lot of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and in that competition it ends up with a decent second place. There is nothing revolutionary in this book. The thoughts and dilemmas (and their resolution) should go down very well with any bourgoisie, including the Russian upper class of the 1870s. There are some philosophical musings that are somewhat interesting but nothing exceptional. (Unlike in The Idiot. As for writing on the predicament of modern women of this age period, Ibsen's pla This book reminded me a lot of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and in that competition it ends up with a decent second place. There is nothing revolutionary in this book. The thoughts and dilemmas (and their resolution) should go down very well with any bourgoisie, including the Russian upper class of the 1870s. There are some philosophical musings that are somewhat interesting but nothing exceptional. (Unlike in The Idiot. As for writing on the predicament of modern women of this age period, Ibsen's play A Doll's House should be higher on your reading list that this famous novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    imabookbee

    This book was so boring. I couldn't wait to finish it. It was definitely not what I expected and I would never recommend anybody to read it. This book played with my nerves like they were guitar strings haha ^__^

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I finally FINSHED Anna Karenina!!! Its been a 7 year ordeal.. I am proud to say it is done- finally!…. Was it worth it? I guess the best thing I can say is I can now say I have officially read Leo Tolstoy. The story was interesting at times… a good glimpse into Russian life in the 1800’s .. its billed at an emotional drama…. I would say emotional drama, drama, drama. The characters are very developed… but you have 800+ pages of development… The ending did disappointment me a bit… I was expecting I finally FINSHED Anna Karenina!!! Its been a 7 year ordeal.. I am proud to say it is done- finally!…. Was it worth it? I guess the best thing I can say is I can now say I have officially read Leo Tolstoy. The story was interesting at times… a good glimpse into Russian life in the 1800’s .. its billed at an emotional drama…. I would say emotional drama, drama, drama. The characters are very developed… but you have 800+ pages of development… The ending did disappointment me a bit… I was expecting more after my many page investment .. I was hoping for some ‘life changing insight” and had hoped the investment in time would have a more meaningful payoff… granted it was written a very long time ago when reading habits, expectations and even the reading audience were very different… maybe with all the entertainment choices we have now makes the reader jaded towards this type of novel… anyway I’m done and I am glad its over! I think in today’s world Anna would definitely be labeled as bi-polar and Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky (her lover) as an enabler/player and the story a disfunctional family drama.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kerstan

    The book story was amazing because the author is/was male and he captured very feminine thoughts and feelings. He captured what it feels like to be viewed as property, especially long ago and how limited a woman's choices really were back then. You either were born into a social setting that would allow you to be kept or you were born into hard labor and living. There was a non-existent middle class in Russia at that time. Anna was harder to relate to for me than Kitty. Anna is very egocentric an The book story was amazing because the author is/was male and he captured very feminine thoughts and feelings. He captured what it feels like to be viewed as property, especially long ago and how limited a woman's choices really were back then. You either were born into a social setting that would allow you to be kept or you were born into hard labor and living. There was a non-existent middle class in Russia at that time. Anna was harder to relate to for me than Kitty. Anna is very egocentric and throws many important people aside for her need to be with the wrong man, which is most striking when she even abandons her son. She pays a very heavy price at the end, so you do end up feeling a lot of empathy for her situation, even though she has done repulsive acts throughout the story (i.e. publicly humiliating her husband). The side stories (plots) were also amazing. I loved seeing the dynamic between Lenin and his brother, the black sheep of the family. Additionally the mature love that develops between Kitty and Lenin is beautiful to me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

    Although this is novel of over 900 pages (in my edition for both volumes), this numerous pages allowed the writer to have enough space to do a lot of good things with it: - characters developing and becoming quite different people at the end of the novel (my examples are Anna and Oblonsky, although not too many readers would agree the second one) - to include lengthy descriptions regarding several customs of the time like wedding or society events - to describe many things in great detail (which al Although this is novel of over 900 pages (in my edition for both volumes), this numerous pages allowed the writer to have enough space to do a lot of good things with it: - characters developing and becoming quite different people at the end of the novel (my examples are Anna and Oblonsky, although not too many readers would agree the second one) - to include lengthy descriptions regarding several customs of the time like wedding or society events - to describe many things in great detail (which allows us, modern readers, to better understand the society and the people of that time) - to add his personal thoughts on life and things in general via internal dialogue of some characters, like Levin. All in all, this is in my opinion a masterpiece and despite its length, I recommend the ones that did not read it to do it with the next occasion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alatheia Nielsen

    There are not even words in the English language to adequately describe Tolstoy's genius for story-building. The dialogue, characters, settings and emotions came so naturally one after another that it seemed impossible for Anna Karenina to be anything but a perfect narative of reality. There were so many emotions that Tolstoy put into words that I have felt before but could never articulate. The depth and richnes of the dialogue and character analysis kept the story fresh while never being impos There are not even words in the English language to adequately describe Tolstoy's genius for story-building. The dialogue, characters, settings and emotions came so naturally one after another that it seemed impossible for Anna Karenina to be anything but a perfect narative of reality. There were so many emotions that Tolstoy put into words that I have felt before but could never articulate. The depth and richnes of the dialogue and character analysis kept the story fresh while never being impossible or outlandish. Anna Karenina is the perfect representation of life as it really is through the eyes of real people.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It took a while for me to finish this book. The writing style is tedious and tends to rant on and on about certain things that were off-topic before finally coming round to what they were actually talking about. Also, considering I had no background in the Russian language, I had to get used to their names switching from the "formal" to the "familar" usages. That said, I did enjoy certain parts of the book. I was curious about Russian literature at the time, and so it was interested for me to re It took a while for me to finish this book. The writing style is tedious and tends to rant on and on about certain things that were off-topic before finally coming round to what they were actually talking about. Also, considering I had no background in the Russian language, I had to get used to their names switching from the "formal" to the "familar" usages. That said, I did enjoy certain parts of the book. I was curious about Russian literature at the time, and so it was interested for me to read about it. Definitely wouldn't pick it up again though. Hence, the 2-star rating.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    "It ain't over, til it's over!" - That's what I thought somehow too often while learning about the Russian society of the 19th century ... that's the reason for only 3 stars, but from another point of view, it would even have deserved more than 5, as there is SO MUCH to get to know! I only assume that L.T. tried to include too much in one story - for these are at least 3 of them in one novel! And though they're connected to each other, in the end none cares for the protagonist. However, it's wor "It ain't over, til it's over!" - That's what I thought somehow too often while learning about the Russian society of the 19th century ... that's the reason for only 3 stars, but from another point of view, it would even have deserved more than 5, as there is SO MUCH to get to know! I only assume that L.T. tried to include too much in one story - for these are at least 3 of them in one novel! And though they're connected to each other, in the end none cares for the protagonist. However, it's worth it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabet Lőrincz

    I don't know. Simply I don't know. The first book of it, that was boring, and I had to read that for 1 month. But this book.. It kept to read for one week. Actually, first I watched the film. And in that, I thought, Anna deserves her destiny and now after this I have to say that I can completely understand Anna reasons.really hard for me to read this but now I have to say that I cried on it. Tolstoy is a brilliant person.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maria Kukkonen

    I fell in love with the first of the two books but with this one my love didn't get any deeper. However, I liked this one too. While reading the second part I paid more attention to Tolstoy's great story-telling and his ability to describe various societal classes and their different sides deeply, for which he is honored for.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    It's interesting and then it's boring and then it gets interesting again. Good parts: it takes place over several years. Bad parts: discussions on farming, philosophy, etc., people living empty lives.

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