By Leo Tolstoy
At its least difficult, Anna Karenina is a love tale. it's a portrait of a pretty and clever lady whose passionate love for a good-looking officer sweeps apart all different ties—to her marriage and to the community of relationships and ethical values that bind the society round her. the affection affair of Anna and Vronsky is performed out along the constructing romance of Kitty and Levin, and within the personality of Levin, heavily in accordance with Tolstoy himself, the quest for happiness takes on a deeper philosophical value. one of many maximum novels ever written, Anna Karenina combines penetrating mental perception with an encyclopedic depiction of Russian existence within the 1870s. the unconventional takes us from excessive society St Petersburg to the threshing fields on Levin's property, with unforgettable scenes at a Moscow ballroom, the skating rink, a race path, a railway station. It creates an elaborate labyrinth of connections that's profoundly gratifying, and deeply relocating. Rosamund Bartlett's new translation conveys Tolstoy's precision of which means and emotional accuracy in an English model that's hugely readable and stylistically trustworthy. Like her acclaimed biography of Tolstoy, it truly is bright, nuanced, and compelling.
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So I walked, the snowﬂake pendant dangling from my ﬁngers, the tearful shivering infant in my outstretched arms. I walked to one tree. And then the next. What I was horriﬁed to consider I could not ﬁnd the will to do. I walked through the stand of trees knee-deep into the fresh powdery snow. Slowly, I pulled him into my protective body, and I walked through the rolling snowy hills. I walked until I could not walk another step. Until weariness overtook me. Until my legs became so heavy that I stumbled and fell.
She had worn it my entire life. A gift, I believe, from my father. Carefully I untied the necklace and wrapped it in my hand. Then I wrapped my arms around 15 Kris—The Legend Begins her. “What about me, Mama? What words for me? How am I special, Mama? ” The blankets covering her body began to stir, and a cry broke the tranquility of the silent night. I recoiled. ” I had forgotten. I had forgotten the precious life my mother held to her breast. I had forgotten I even had a days-old infant brother.
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy