Who are we, if not a combination of experiences, information, books we have read things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly reshuffled and reordered in every conceivable way" Italo Calvino
Mr.Tolstoy (above) sums up our own thoughts, feelings, disparaging's, jealousy's, angers, through the many different personalities in this wonderful book, Anna Karenina! The book bounces all around with complex personalities, bearing names that are truly unpronounceable, unless of course you can speak/read Russian, then the names like Sviyazhsky or Agafya Mikhailovana would come naturally.
"a story of a Russian aristocrat in love with a Cossack girl. Anna Karenina (1877) tells parallel stories of an adulterous woman trapped by the conventions and falsities of society and of a philosophical landowner (much like Tolstoy), who works alongside the peasants in the fields and seeks to reform their lives. Tolstoy not only drew from his own life experiences but also created characters in his own image, such as Pierre Bezukhov and Prince Andrei in War and Peace, Levin in Anna Karenina and to some extent, Prince Nekhlyudov in Resurrection."
The author often alluded to Anna, before she even appeared on the pages. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this mysterious, Anna Karenina. I envisioned in my minds eye what she would look like... someone looking like Angelina Jolie... you know, sultry, sexy ....
... When Anna finally did appear in this incredible work of words... I didn't like her at first, but as I read Leo's description of Anna thoughts and feeling's, reading of Anna's pains, her jealously,and confusion. I soon found myself crying along with her tears, for her son and her loneliness. I started to slowly understand this heroin, and why she did the things that she did. Understanding the ugly thing that bugged me so much... her adultery!
In the up coming movie, as great as I think Knightly would do in acting the part of Anna... I think Jolie would make a more convincing Anna
The author does a wondrous job also in describing things like a horse race, this surprised me a little because who would care about that, but I found...did! I read in anticipation of who would win this competitive horse race! My mouth dropped open when I read what happened to this gorgeous strong horse!
Leo Tolstoy too describes Levin and his love to pretty little Kitty. The description of Levin's love for not only his wife but his farming life, made me feel a sense of pride. Leo Tolstoy wrote of women and their feelings kept me captivated to such a degree that I thought, surly he had inside knowledge as to how a women feel... maybe his wife Sofia (below) gave him some help with the writing of the complex female species.
He wrote well on all situations with all his personalities through out all 817 pages! He would always faithfully come back, chapter after chapter to the intriguing Anna K. Then almost out of the blue..it all stopped, she was gone! ( book Spoiler) I even had to re-read the part where she *#@!... I thought why the heck did he even bother naming the book after her. Anyway...the book ends with Levin's thoughts, I just love this part, for he sums up just how I have been feeling in the last year. I believe that Leo also was tormented with this religious battlefield... these kind of thoughts do not just come from nothing,usually many years of questioning God and religion leads to ....
"Well what is it that disturbers me? Levin ( Grace) said to himself (herself) feeling before hand the resolution of his (her) doubts, though he (she) did not know it yet, was already prepared in his (her) soul.
"Yes, the one obvious, unquestnable manifestation of the Deity is the laws of the good disclosed to the world by revelation, which I feel in myself, and by acknowledging which I do not so unite myself as I am united, wheather I will or no with the community of the believers of the church. Well, but the Jews, Mohammedans, the Confucians, the Buddest-What are they?
He/she asked the same question that seemed dangerious to him/her. 'Can these hundreds of millions of peolpe be deprived of the hightest good, without which life has nomeaning?' He (Grace) ponderd, but at once corrected herself "What am I asking??? 'I'm asking about the relation to the Diety of All various faiths of mankind. I am asking about the Universal manifestation of God to the whole world with all these nebulae...to my heart, unquestanably knowldge is revealed...and I want to express this knowledge...which is reveilde to me by Christianty, and can always be varified in my soul.... ...'no I wont tell her as she walked on ahead of him, its a secret thats necessary and important for me alone and inexpressible in words. This new feeling has not changed me, hasnt made me happy or suddenly enlighted as I did dream;) And Faith or not Faith...I dont know what it is- but this feeling has entered into the me just as imperceptibly through suffering and has firmly lodged itself in my soul....the unquestionable meaning of the good which it is in my power to put into it!'