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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... the front rank of
contemporary fiction. The title-character appeals strongly to the
sympathy of the reader. Still young, possessed of grace and beauty,
and endowed with great qualities of mind and heart, Anna Karenina,
at the commencement of the story, has been married some ten years
to Aleksei Aleksandrovitch Karenin, a very important political
personage, old enough to be her father, absorbed in the duties of
his department and the pursuit of his ambition, --in the words of
his wife, "a ministerial machine," full of himself, and incapable
of deep feeling towards others. Yet it is diflicult to conceive
that a woman of so high a type as this St. Petersburg grands dame
would, in the circumstances, be moved to passionate infatuation and
her own undoing by so ordinary a man as the young cavalry captain,
Count Vronsky At any rate, it is almost impossible to believe that
such a woman would at once and unresistingly accept his advances.
But, as George Eliot says: "The great problem of the shifting
relation between passion and duty is clear to no man who is capable
of apprehending it." Anna Karenina, however, has less afiinity with
the characters of George Eliot, desirous to conform their passions,
as Maggie Tulliver says: "To all the motives that sanctify our
lives," than with the instinct-led heroines of Thomas Hardy's
novels. Less tragic in their issue than the relations of Anna and
Vrosky, the afiairs of Levin and Ekaterina afford very delightful
reading. The latter, familiarly called Kitty, had refused Levin in
the belief that Vronsky, who had not yet met Anna. Karenina, was
seeking her hand; and in the chapters which relate their subsequent
meeting, courtship, and early married life we...
|Country of origin:
Edmund Hodgson Yates
||246 x 189 x 18mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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