By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an unlimited and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, enjoying out the contrasts of urban and kingdom lifestyles and the entire diversifications on love and relatives happiness. whereas past types have softened the powerful, and occasionally stunning, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation actual to his strong voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally comprises an illuminating creation and explanatory notes. attractive, lively, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina could be the definitive textual content for generations to return.
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But Levin was in love, and so it seemed to him that Kitty was so perfect in every respect that she was a creature far above everything earthly; and that he was a creature so low and so earthly that it could not even be conceived 49 of 1759 Anna Karenina that other people and she herself could regard him as worthy of her. After spending two months in Moscow in a state of enchantment, seeing Kitty almost every day in society, into which he went so as to meet her, he abruptly decided that it could not be, and went back to the country.
Young Shtcherbatsky went into the navy, was drowned in the Baltic, and Levin’s relations with the Shtcherbatskys, in spite of his friendship with Oblonsky, became less intimate. But when early in the winter of this year Levin came to Moscow, after a year in the country, and saw the Shtcherbatskys, he realized which of the three sisters he was indeed destined to love. One would have thought that nothing could be simpler than for him, a man of good family, rather rich than poor, and thirty-two years old, to make the young Princess Shtcherbatskaya an offer of marriage; in all likelihood he would at once have been looked upon as a good match.
You do everything with passion, I think,’ she said smiling. ‘I should so like to see how you skate. ’ ‘Skate together! ’ thought Levin, gazing at her. ‘I’ll put them on directly,’ he said. And he went off to get skates. ‘It’s a long while since we’ve seen you here, sir,’ said the attendant, supporting his foot, and screwing on the heel of the skate. ‘Except you, there’s none of the gentlemen first-rate skaters. ’ said he, tightening the strap.
Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy