I must say I agree
Posted by Eva on September 12, 1998 at 09:23:43:
In response to Anna Karenin, written by Emmy on September 12, 1998 at 00:07:59
] I've just finished part one of this, and am very proud of myself. But I'm shocked by how easy a read it is... a little text book like, because it's translated, and they are often a little dryer, but the story is wonderful.
I actually managed to enjoy Tolstoy before Jane Austen! I had only read P&P before starting on AK, which I liked more at the time. I don't know why- I guess I was more into full-blown romantic stuff when I was 15, rather than more subtle things like JA.
] THe thing that I find amazing about it is how little I judge the characters. If Oblonsky were in another book, I would have condemed him right from the start for his adultry, but right now, I still like him. And even Anna, who, along with Veronsky, has made Kitty an invalid is still a likable character. Not as much as her brother, granted, but still not horrible. And niether is V. for that matter. I'm not saying that they are perfect, or that LT makes me think that their actions are okay, but it's almost as if I don't really care what they do, because I'm just enjoying the ride.
Yes- although I didn't like V. much towards the end. And Anna got on my nerves a bit too. But Levin and Kitty just got better, IMO.
] As far as the language goes, I keep comparing it to A Room With A View which I read recently and I really see what a differance it makes to have a book written in the original language. A few months ago, I might not have noticed so much.
Room With a View is just delightful. But it is quite different in that it is LOL funny, while AK is gut-wrenchingly passionate. IMHO
- Very Differant Emmy 14:33:51 9/12/98 (5)
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