so… Anna Karenina. Never been a huge fan of the Russian novels. They’re all so dark and everyone always dies in the end. Anna Karenina is no exception, but I have to say I LOVE the clothes!! So, if that’s what it takes for me to get interested in classic fiction, so be it. I do have to say I was fascinated by some of the comments I’ve read on the new movie.
I’m thinking I need to watch the 1935 Garbo version that I own, then read the book, then see the new Knightly/Law version. It opens the same day as Twilight, so we’ll see if I have time to fit it in…
In the mean time, I found this cool summary, quote, insight, etc.:
|Summary – http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/52/95/frameset.html|
|Anna Karenina followed in the next decade, a story of troubled love with a famously sad ending. It is contemporary in its outlook and it depicts a society of restless and alienated people whose dreams are always frustrated.
Anna Karenina is widely regarded to be an even greater achievement of tragedy and of the novel form than War and Peace had been the decade before. Tolstoy began it in 1873 and concluded it in 1877. It is the story of a fashionable married woman, Anna Karenina, who arrives in St Petersberg to meet Stepan Arkadyevitch but meets with him another man. This man, Count Vronsky, is strangely attracted to Anna from the outset and she begins to feel for him too. Anna recalls her cold-blooded and cynical husband who is twenty years her senior. He never shows her any affection and considers her to be a trophy. The Count contrives to meet Anna again through his friendship with Stepan, with whom Anna is residing. The novel then follows this liaison as it begin and then ends horribly as Anna’s husband Karenin finds out about the affair. Anna is brought down by others’ passions and power over her and she is driven, after many twists and turns in her fortunes and those of her lovers, to throw herself under the wheels of a train. It is one of the most famous suicides in literary history but to know of its inevitability only makes the tragedy of Anna’s life more cathartic and sad.
One Russian’s viewpoint – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781769/
“And the candle by which she had been reading the book filled with troubles, falsehoods, sorrow, and evil, flared up more brightly than ever before, lighted up for her all that had been in darkness, sputtered, began to grow dim, and was quenched forever.”
So, can we just talk about the wardrobe for a moment? Hello!