Why this book?
I first read this book when I was in grad school ‘way back when - I was
so transfixed that as soon as I finished, I turned back to the first page and
reread it again - and then -- came back to it last year during the height of
COVID, seeking solace in a masterful tale of aching love and aspirational
romance. I agree with Matthew Arnold: “We are not to take Anna Karenina as a
work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life.” This sprawling tale is for
those who crave complexity that explains itself as it goes along - the fateful affair
between Count Vronsky, a dashing officer; and Anna, an exquisitely beautiful married woman - in nineteenth-century Moscow and St. Petersburg.