The book bounces all around with complex personalities, bearing names that are truly unpronounceable, unless of course you can speak/read Russian, then the names
like Sviyazhsky or
Agafya Mikhailovana would come naturally.
"a story of a Russian aristocrat in love with a Cossack girl. Anna Karenina (1877) tells parallel stories of an adulterous woman trapped by the conventions and falsities of society and of a philosophical landowner (much like Tolstoy), who works alongside the peasants in the fields and seeks to reform their lives. Tolstoy not only drew from his own life experiences but also created characters in his own image, such as Pierre Bezukhov and Prince Andrei in War and Peace, Levin in Anna Karenina and to some extent, Prince Nekhlyudov in Resurrection."
sultry, sexy ....
Understanding the ugly thing that bugged me so much... her adultery!
In the up coming movie, as great as I think Knightly would do in acting the part of Anna... I think Jolie would make a more convincing Anna
I read in anticipation of who would win this competitive horse race! My mouth dropped open when I read what happened to this gorgeous strong horse!
Leo Tolstoy too describes Levin and his love to pretty little Kitty. The description of Levin's love for not only his wife but his farming life, made me feel a sense of pride.
Leo Tolstoy wrote of women and their feelings kept me captivated to such a degree that I thought, surly he had inside knowledge as to how a women feel... maybe his wife Sofia (below) gave him some help with the writing of the complex female species.
He would always faithfully come back, chapter after chapter to the intriguing Anna K. Then almost out of the blue..it all stopped, she was gone!
( book Spoiler) I even had to re-read the part where she *#@!...
I thought why the heck did he even bother naming the book after her.
Anyway...the book ends with Levin's thoughts, I just love this part, for he sums up just how I have been feeling in the last year.
I believe that Leo also was tormented with this religious battlefield...
these kind of thoughts do not just come from nothing,usually many years of questioning God and religion leads to ....
was already prepared in his (her) soul.
He/she asked the same question that seemed dangerious to him/her.
'Can these hundreds of millions of peolpe be deprived of the hightest good, without which life has nomeaning?' He (Grace) ponderd, but at once corrected herself "What am I asking??? 'I'm asking about the relation to the Diety of All various faiths of mankind. I am asking about the Universal manifestation of God to the whole world with all these nebulae...to my heart, unquestanably knowldge is revealed...and I want to express this knowledge...which is reveilde to me by Christianty, and can always be varified in my soul....
...'no I wont tell her as she walked on ahead of him, its a secret thats necessary and important for me alone and inexpressible in words. This new feeling has not changed me, hasnt made me happy or suddenly enlighted as I did dream;)
And Faith or not Faith...I dont know what it is- but this feeling has entered into the me just as imperceptibly through suffering and has firmly lodged itself in my soul....the unquestionable meaning of the good which it is in my power to put into it!'