Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Anna Karenina (Part VIII) by Leo Tolstoy


It's hard to believe that this day has finally come!  I can now say proudly, "I have read Anna Karenina!"  If you've been following my blog you know I have been reviewing each section of the book along the way, and there are 8 parts total - each approximately 100+ pages.  I am going to review Part 8 in this post and then compile all of my reviews to put together my full review for Amazon. 

Part VIII - Review
 

Stiva gets the job he was hoping for.  Karenin takes custody of baby Annie while Vronsky volunteers for service in the Russo-Turkish war.  In this section Tolstoy discusses war, which is a topic I added to my own list of themes I found boring in this book (other themes were farming, hunting and politics).
 

A lightning storm takes place at Levin and Kitty's home, frightening Levin while Kitty and the baby are outside.  This event helps him realize the love he has for his son, for whom he previously only felt disgust.  In this section and especially the last chapter Levin discovers his own faith and his desire to live a good life.
 

The feeling I came away with at the end of the book was, why was this book titled Anna KareninaI've read so many descriptions that say the book is about Anna Karenina and how the Russian society in the late 1800's reacted to this woman who had an affair and left her husband, but it's not about that.  The book is about Levin.  It's about all of the things that had to happen in order for Levin to find peace within his soul, and Anna had a major part in that, but I will talk more about that in my final review.
 

You can read my reviews for the previous Parts here: