Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Audiobook CD - 1990
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Tolstoy produced many drafts of "Anna Karenina." Crafting and recrafting each sentence with careful intent, he was anything but casual in his use of language. His project, translator Marian Schwartz observes, "was to bend language to his will, as an instrument of his aesthetic and moral convictions." In her magnificent new translation, Schwartz embraces Tolstoy's unusual style--she is the first English language translator ever to do so. Previous translations have departed from Tolstoy's original, "correcting" supposed mistakes and infelicities. But Schwartz uses repetition where Tolstoy does, wields a judicious cliche when he does, and strips down descriptive passages as he does, re-creating his style in English with imagination and skill.
Tolstoy's romantic Anna, long-suffering Karenin, dashing Vronsky, and dozens of their family members, friends, and neighbors are among the most vivid characters in world literature. In the thought-provoking Introduction to this volume, Gary Saul Morson provides unusual insights into these characters, exploring what they reveal about Tolstoy's radical conclusions on romantic love, intellectual dishonesty, the nature of happiness, the course of true evil, and more. For readers at every stage--from students first encountering Anna to literary professionals revisiting the novel--this volume will stand as the English reader's clear first choice.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p1990.
ISBN: 9781419306037
1419306030
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD TOLSTOY
Characteristics: 30 audio discs (38 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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Oct 12, 2017

I was really eagerly anticipating listening to this, and I was rather disappointed. The regal lope of the prose started into a hurried shuffle near the end; there was much that was exceptionally boring - at times I was nearly falling asleep; and the reading was not that good - the voices of the characters was poorly done, and they chose a woman to read it (its written in the third person, and the author was male, so by convention, the reader ought to be male), and perhaps it was also that I listened to this right after listening to George Guidal's reading of Crime And Punishment, so there is an implicit comparison. There is an old saw about writing which says that one should "show, not tell", and in this book there is an overabundance of showing, and overabundance of telling, and often both simultaneously: there is nothing left to think about or imagine... everything is just calmly and authoritatively driven into one's head.

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 30, 2017

This story, although set in the late 19th century Russia, tells of the trials & triumphs of interpersonal relationships that are true today & every day. Full of hope & devastation all @ the same time. REALLY enjoyed Tolstoy's writing. I would also highly recommend listening to the audio book narrated by David Horovitch. FABULOUS job!

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