#REVIEW Why you should read Anna Karenina from Leo Tolstoy (and my favorite quotes from the novel)

#REVIEW Why you should read Anna Karenina from Leo Tolstoy (and my favorite quotes from the novel)

Hello dears! How are you? One of the best things we can do in quarantine is to read and, what better than to read a classic of literature like Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Here’s a small share a review of it!

Book: Anna Karenina
Author: Leo Tolstoy (Russia)
Year: 1877

One of the best novels by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy is undoubtedly Anna Karenina: a story of love and passion between two people who face society that reflects all the problems of old Russia.

The novel begins with the story of Ana Karenina, a high society woman in love with the young officer Vronski, who abandons her husband and son to follow her lover, which ends in a tragic ending.

On the other hand, the novel offers us the peaceful love story of Anna’s sister, who marries a noble landowner to live happily in the countryside.

Although it is a dense and somewhat complex novel to read, there are some elements beyond the plot of this novel that we cannot ignore.

First, the historical and political context of the story. Tolstoy reflected in this work everything that happened in the 1870s in Russia, the social reality of a country in decline and the antecedents of the first communist revolution in the world.

Second, the feminist touch of this novel. At first glance, this would seem contradictory since the novel is about a woman who commits suicide because of her adultery. However, Anna Karenina is a fascinating and intense character, who defies social standards and reflects Tolstoy’s displeasure towards Frenchified and imperial Russia, with a society of double moral.

Third, the psychology of the author in the story. What some call Anna Karenina´s syndrome is the experience of alienating infatuation. She was condemned for her efforts to love someone who could not love her, she loved an idea and her own feelings, but she couldn’t see the person in front of her, because she could only see her own reflection.

Finally, I share with you three of my favorite phrases from the book:

“I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”

“If you are looking for perfection, you will never be satisfied.”

“Spring is the time for projects and plans.”

If you want to try a classic of Russian literature, I highly recommend this novel!


Andrea Ochoa