Leo Tolstoy wrote what is considered the “greatest novel ever written” in 1873, this novel is Anna Karenina.
It tells the story of a family on the verge of breaking up over Anna’s brother’s unbridled womanizing. Anna moves for her sister-in-law to forgive and move on. Then Anna begins to fall for Vronsky but cannot follow through with leaving her husband and son for him.
The story also follows the love lives of Anna’s friends, people such as Kitty, who has Vronsky’s eye before Anna. This leaves to rift in their friendship.
Before long, Anna is pregnant with Vronsky’s child and has no choice but to live with him, forsaking her husband and son. Her husband then files for divorce, she is fully aware of the outcome of her actions, such as ruining her position in society, never seeing her son again and never being able to remarry.
This novel explores the themes of hypocrisy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage and the connection to land as opposed to lifestyle of the city among others.
Anna Karenina is the fifth book in Children’s Classics month
Anna Karenina can be found in your local library, the website for the Bergen County Cooperative Library System can be found here or at your local Barnes and Noble in Hackensack.
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