Genre: Russian Novel

Published: 1878 - Read:

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Pages: Lots and lots


One of those massive novels that has been sitting there for quite a while (for ever really, let's be honest!) daring me to give it a go. Well I finally did decide to take on the challenge - all 38 hours' worth of the audio version. As is often the case, the reality is nothing like as daunting as the prospect...

The books is divided up into 8 sections, each of which is sub-divided into quite short chapters. Although Anna is in the title, the book is equally concerned with a more attractive and interesting charater - Levin (Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievich Levin to be precise). Levin is fairly certainly based on Tolstoy himself. By all accounts Levin is a nicer chap than Tolstoy!

Memorable moments: Anna's first meeting with Vronsky at the train station, the horse race when Vronsky... (spoiler alert), Levin working in the fields with his peasants, and the death of Levin's brother Nikolai. There are obviously many others. This novel does deal with the big philosophical questions, but it is not a difficult heavy book. I urge you to try it for yourself..