Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

  • Release Date: 1877-12-30
  • Genre: Classics
  • Size: 1.15 MB
Score: 4.5
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An Apple Books Classic edition.

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Thus begins what many consider the world’s greatest novel. Leo Tolstoy originally published this sweeping saga in serial form beginning in 1875, portraying a vast swath of Russian life, from the fields worked by starving peasant farmers to the sitting rooms (and bedrooms) of privileged aristocrats.

Despite its epic nature, Anna Karenina is an intricate, intimate study of one woman’s downward spiral into tragedy. As Anna’s husband becomes increasingly absorbed in philosophical and political introspection, Tolstoy’s heroine grows weary of her life as a mother and wealthy man’s wife. Increasingly unsettled by the stark class differences she observes, Anna finds passion again in a forbidden affair with Count Vronsky. But can she overcome her obsessive concern with societal norms to find a measure of happiness?

Passion. Betrayal. Love. Revenge. Tolstoy’s classic has it all.


  • mind blowingly descriptiVe

    By TheGreatVis4Villain
    man, listen! this book will describe the white on rice for 10 pages, giVe you the nutritional information the next ten pages, then painstakingly illustrate the character consuming the rice GRAIN BY GRAIN. i adVise you to read this with beethoVen or miles davis playing; you’re in for a long, slow ride. no need to buckle up, grandma is definitely driVing you home today,the long way! to finish this book is to accomplish a feat. tolstoy is not for the idle, impatient reader;)V
  • Anna Karenina

    By escjlv zgjufssxc
    I love the classics but this is so wordy and tediously boring
  • Very good

    By Kunkelkk2
    This is a very good, very long story. Well written. I have enjoyed it very much. It's hard to keep up with all of the people. I, finally, went back and made notes on the relationships with other people. I will r ad Wa and Peace, but not now. I'll take a break and read a shorter one.
  • Profound!

    By Randi#20
    This book was nothing like I expected. I was expecting a dramatic tale of two lovers - which it was, sort of- but it was SO much more. The way Tolstoy weaves the eternal truths about life, death, love, choices, temptation, consequences, truth, and beauty into the story are absolutely breathtaking. His words describe thoughts and feelings that I thought were unique to me as if I had shared them with him because his insight into human emotion and relationships is profound and true. I throughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys the intricacies and under currents to human relationships and choices. Superb!!
  • My All Time Favorite

    By emmajviola
    Though it’s a long book, it doesn’t feel that way. Tolstoy paints such a vivid and beautiful image of places and people we still relate to today. Everyone will find theirselves reflected in these diverse, intriguing, and truly human characters. Please read this, it answered questions about life and love I didn’t know I had.
  • Anna karenina

    By Miss me and have an egg
    Philosophical worth reading many times tussle of ones thought are clearly and explicitly observed and expressed and written wonder how the writer has in-depth knowledge ones feelings feels like readers own emotional behaviour is so vividly projected
  • Anna Katrina

    By $Cookie
    Reflects a society in constant change as it portrays the fallibility of people as they focus on power and position; religion; and retaliation. As the story ends it became tedious to plow through some of the dialogue. Still worth reading.
  • Not free

    By Buckhunte1028
    Keeps showing up as free book. But it’s not free
  • Forgot this one

    By Loving apples
    This novel is not worth the time reading it. It has exremely boring sections, the characters are not likable and it is a hodgepodge of novellas. Tolstoy published these in installments- more money for more installments. Woman are not nicely portrayed, either goofy, stupid, or as in Anna’s case, made to be psychotic. There is no way that she would have thrown herself under a train, when she could have just taken too much opium. I only finished it as a challenge. My advice: don’t read it.
  • Anna Karenina

    By kateplaton
    This book is truly incredible and it is definitely worth your time to read it. Some parts are a little slow but, for the most part, it is utterly captivating.