I picked up Anna Karenina off my shelf and accidentally fell in love with it. It’s an 800 page book, so I’m in it for the long haul. I have a feeling I’ll now be reading 3 books at a time, which is usual.
About 100 pages into Anna Karenina, I am already deeply entrenched in the lives of the characters. While Anna herself seems a little TOO perfect, I’m rooting for her, and am glad to see real passion in all his characters (nice relief from the Sun Also Rises). Tolstoy claims this was his first attempt at a novel. One could only hope for such success. I read a bit of the forward, and sadly it contained some spoilers(!), so I’m already aware that Anna dies in the end, which kind of killed the whole book for me, but it’s like watching the various versions of Romeo and Juliet – even though you know the final outcome, the ride there is well worth it.