Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  • Release Date: 1873-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,615 Ratings


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 thereby exposes herself to 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.


  • 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.
  • Anna Karenina

    By pudsings
    All you have do to truly enjoy this book to its fullest is slow down, savor, and read it on your iPad so that if there is anything you don’t understand about Russia, Russian customs, locations or whatnot, your iPad is right there to do very quick, smooth research, understand what you read, and then just read on. This book is a great book, every inch it, written by a true master. I still found “War And Peace” to be even better (6 stars?), except for the out-of-control last chapter on Tolstoy’s religious philosophy on war. I found it redundant after reading the rest of the book. That old man sure could write grippers, though.
  • It is THE novel that so many subsequent books and movies are based on

    By Long legion
    There are limited tales from the beginning of time....plots, themes, characters that appear throughout the ages. This novel is one of the best, if not the best to explore marriage, love, and morality. I do think it's a bit much to introduce to today's high school age students though. Thus, you will find low ratings readily among this crowd. But if you're an adult you've no doubt heard of Anna Karenina and if you've never read it, do yourself a favor and decide to read thirty pages. By then, you're hooked!
  • Whew! Finally finished!

    By CindyH16
    I think this is the longest book I've ever read! I'm glad I persevered, but it was tough going for sure. Overall I think it's a good story, but it did kind of feel like it was rambling on longer than necessary. However, as an American living in the 21st century, I think it was important for me to read it, if for no other reason than for me to see that people who I would have previously been tempted to think of as being so different from me were shown to be just the same. We all battle the same things and we all need Jesus! So, thank you, Leo; maybe you could have told it with fewer words, but I'm glad you did tell it!