Challenge: Anna Karenina

Someone requested that we read Anna Karenina. It's on the long side so I didn't think people would be able to commit to reading it. And then I got more requests. I am issuing a challenge for people to read this classic love story. You have about 7 months to read this novel, and since it is one of my favorites, I hope you will.

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

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  • Nomi S.

    Can't make it anymore.
    :-(

    June 6, 2013

  • Joan

    I'm in DC for the day for work....will try to show up if I get back in time.

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be very late. I have to start training for my new summer job and my boss wants me from 5 to 8pm.

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I just wanted to say that I am new to the club and this will be my first meeting.

    May 5, 2013

    • Sarah R. K.

      Hi Amanda - we look forward to meeting you!

      May 5, 2013

  • Sarah R. K.

    Hey everyone! I found this cheat sheet for characters (since some of them have a few nicknames). NOTE: I can't tell if there are spoilers in the short character descriptions; it's been a few years since I've read the book. Hope you find it helpful!
    http://static.oprah.com/images/obc_classic/book/2004/anna/anna_characters_bookmark.pdf

    March 7, 2013

  • Joan

    I plan on attending unless I have a work trip (hard to tell this far in advance)

    December 2, 2012

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