Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Prepping for Anna Karenina
I mentioned in an earlier post that I just started reading Tolstoy’s other novel Anna Karenina, and I looked up “guides” on reading the novel. What surprised me was the utter lack of Preparing to Read Anna Karenina posts or websites on the internet, and the closest “about to read Anna Karenina guide” I found was on Oprah’s website.
So, here’s the thing, guys: If you’ve read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, I need your help. Do I need to study a particular period of Russian history to understand the context of the novel? Do I need to create some sort of chart to keep the names straight? Are there historical figures that I need to be familiar with?
All comments and suggestions are welcome, and please avoid spoilers. Thanks, guys.