>32-year-old Levin fucks 18-year-old Kitty
>that hunting scene where Oblonsky refuses to apologize for cucking his own wife
>that time when Vronsky almost blows his own face off
>that time when Karenin tries to commune with spirits or something and Oblonsky doesn't know what the fuck is going on
>Anna becomes the biggest bitch east of the Baltic Sea
>that anal scene
>that gory death
And to think you some of you won't read it because its title is a woman's name. I pity you.
>I missed the anal scene desu
I know for a fact that I didn't type 'desu.' Seriously. I typed another dumb meme, granted, one that I've cringed at a hundred times but one that has lost its currency and therefore much of its most irritating qualities. It's the one with the letter T, then the letter B, then the letter H, but lowercase. There has to be some kind of scripting/filtering here.
I know, I can't believe it either. One supposes it's no big surprise that War & Peace became the most popular Tolstoy novel because of its subject matter and scope, but I think Anna Karenina will be recognized as Tolstoy's most important novel in the coming years as traditionally female subjects of love and domesticity take on more thematic relevance in scholarship.
I mean, cannons and sabers are cool and whatever, but let's get real here.
>It's escapism, can't you see? It's not healthy!
>A billion pages dedicated to teaching us what it feels like to be on a boat, because the author thinks the audience is too stupid to understand what he's getting at.
Man, the middle and ending were alright, but that beginning is downright brutal.
"Ishmael"? More like "Yeesh-mael".
Oh, I know for an opinionated fact that more people read it that W&P, just because it's an Oprah's Book Club-tier "woman-centered" novel, and there are, actually factually, more woman readers today than male readers. I just think A&K goes so far into that region of Realism where it's almost banal, and then you're reminded this Tolstoy is doing for the novel what Shakespeare did for theater.
Whereas with W&P, it fits more classically into the Western canon, where you have battles and heroes and valor and failure and such. It's a Greco-Roman novel, where A&K is... what? It's stepping past that history toward something else.
>hamlet was just some guy whining
>the master and margarita was just a bunch of pranks
>tbk was just a family arguing
Do you understand how pointless the "but it was nothing but [single phrase description]!" argument is, you retard? You sound like a fucking high schooler complaining about his english homework.
Having read them both in College I honestly do not remember specifically where Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary differed. I don't remember one as being superior and I don't think the world really needs both.
I'll get rid of whatever you like, but it's not like Russian literature doesn't tower over that of the French, if we're talking about who can more easily afford to lose one of the works.
>‘Ah, what am I doing!’ she said to herself, feeling a sudden thrill of pain in both sides of her head. When she came to herself, she saw that she was holding her hair in both hands, each side of her temples, and pulling it. She jumped up, and began walking about.
hahahhahaha sure buddy
Real talk: It's an absolute shame that Tolstoy titled it Anna Karenina and not, like, "Love at Least" or something, because the Levin/Kitty chapters aren't just a subplot, they're literally 40% of the novel. It's 40% Levin/Kitty, 40% Anna/Vronsky/Karenin, 20% Oblonsky/misc.
I don't think it's a shame at all.
The title is a tribute to the young woman this story is based off of. Anna Stepanovna Pirogov, who threw herself before a train.This is all in the intro of the P&V version. The tribute is fitting because Tolstoy's initial idea of the story was about a woman who ruins herself, and instead of portraying her as guilty, the book makes us pity herFurthermore, after this initial inspiration all the other characters formed around her as he developed the story. The book is titled perfectly.
I was actually pretty impressed with the new movie adaptation. Obviously falls short of the book, but the meta scene changes do a good job of shifting through a bunch of setting whose transitions one to another would have been insanely tedious if the book with its 100+ chapters were actually followed.
Also they did a great job making Vronsky handsome and dashing as fuck. I was actually envious. The hair, uniform, moustache.
All I remember about Anna Karenina is Levin's comfy duck hunt and that fucking Twin Peaks Gormonbozia Railroad fucker premonition at the very end.
Let me guess. You just finished it. You read it only because it is often mentioned on /lit/ as an ultra patrician stuff. Only russian writers you know are fagstoy and dosto. You read like < 50 books in your entire life.
OP here. This is the kind of unproductive, thoughtless, lifeless post that normal humans would be wise to discourage. Frankly, I'm surprised you haven't committed suicide yet, but if you want for a reason, merely reread this post to find it.