Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Thea Reichel, A&E Writer

Anna Karenina takes place in the Russian countryside, where Leo Tolstoy’s writing will inspire you, and ultimately break your heart. The plot is centered on an illicit affair between Anna and Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky. Saint Petersberg’s society scorns their relationship, so they leave for Italy. Upon their return to Russia, their lives continue to unravel, ultimately ending in tragedy. The novel is written in eight parts featuring two alternating protagonists, Konstatin Levin and Anna Karenina. Anna Karenina reflects Tolstoy’s views on Russian aristocracy and the contrast between urban versus rural life. The novel is filled with symbolism, stunning descriptions and inner monologues. Although lengthy, I started reading it in between remote classes in June and was able to finish it by the end of the summer. I highly recommend this book and it has become one of my favorites.