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Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy, John Bayley, Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear What could I possibly say about this book that hasn't been said already? I could write out the plot of the book, but that seems silly. I could write about the writing, but it's been done before.

I have a thing for Russian literature. I don't know what it is, but I love it. There's very little that I have read that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. This book? I adored. I loved how rich it is, and yet easy to get through.

The love story/affair with Anna and Vronsky is the flashy part of the book that people usually think of (and, well, she is the titular character), but my favorite parts of the book were actually about Lenin and Kitty. Two very confused, searching people in the book going about their lives and trying to find their way. Lenin, especially, struggles with his story, but it's made very accessible to read and understand.

These characters felt so very real, and I really enjoyed every minute of the book.