A sweeping romance, Anna Karenina bewitches the reader from page one! Set in 1870s Russia, it tells the story of the young wife Anna Karenina and her tragic romantic downfall with the charming Count Vronsky. Intermingling societal commentary with extensive and dynamic characterization, Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece is one of a kind. There is no better book to excite the senses and indulge the mind. You will not regret the read!
A Societal Commentary
Even though it is romantic, the book is about more than Anna’s relationship. Tolstoy uses her unfortunate situation to discuss the nature of sin, family, and love in Russian culture at the time. As a result, he weaves in his own philosophy through the character of Levin, a stalwart Russian gentleman-farmer. Tolstoy’s critiques of society are extremely interesting and help propel the story forward contributing to the overall intensity and majesty of the work. In the end, Anna Karenina is not only a sweeping romance but also a societal expose. Read More