5 Reasons You Should Read Anna Karenina

March 2, 2013

Anna Karenina

1. Because you enjoy good writing. Tolstoy really is a master. I’ve been particularly impressed with how he crafts a sentence on the tiniest of details – how a glove rolls over the arm, how a man lights a cigarette by striking the match on a birch tree, how a road winds down a path to the country. It’s almost a screenplay, except that movies weren’t really a thing when he wrote the novel.

2. Because you want to read about every possible outcome of romance. Tolstoy covers it – old lovers, new lovers, jilted lovers, second-chance lovers, pure and virtuous lovers, adulterous lovers. It’s like an encyclopedia of relationship types.

3. Because you want to brush up on Russian customs and history. I mean, really, don’t we all?

4. Because you love to brag about reading big books. Seriously, 800 plus pages? This is your ace in the hole. If there were to be a campaign to “Make Tolstoy More Popular than Nicholas Sparks,” I think Tolstoy’s wordiness might be the Howard Dean primal scream. Because the book describes every character’s thoughts and movements and conversations and meals and opinions about rotating crops, I can understand why most people would rather read anything else.

5. Because you like to cry. This is not a feel good romantic comedy like Love Actually, which, by the way, also covers every possible relationship angle and also features Keira Knightley. Nope, this book is a gut-wrenching expose on humanity. And it’s beautiful.

Seriously, go read this book. 

Or, you know, go watch Love Actually.

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Kelly Wiggains

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Kelly Wiggains, a high school English teacher turned homeschooling mom, likes to surround herself with good literature, beautiful things, and big ideas, and she wants her home to reflect those things, too. Here at KellyWiggains.com she talks about everything From Literature to Living.
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2 responses to 5 Reasons You Should Read Anna Karenina

  1. I did love how Tolstoy crafts sentences… the tiny little details that you can immediately picture. I like what you say about it basically being a screenplay… for the world’s longest movie. 😉

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