Category Archives: Leo Tolstoy

An Update on War and Peace (by Bethany)

  Pages read: 325 out of 1455 Anyone who has read Russian novels knows that it is almost impossible to keep all the names straight, as each character has a family name that is only mentioned once every three hundred … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Book One, Part One of War and Peace (by Bethany)

  Pages read: 148 out of 1455 When I told Jill a while back that I planned to read War and Peace for PAT CONROY MONTH!!! this year, she said something to the effect that this endeavor might extend PAT … Continue reading

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The Frou-Frou Diaries (and a Threesome!): Thoughts on Parts One and Two of Anna Karenina (by Bethany)

I’ll start with the obvious: this novel is wonderful, truly one of the greatest novels ever written. It occurs to me as I write this that when I made a list of my fifteen favorite novels about a year and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Opening of Anna Karenina

I think the first chapter of Anna Karenina would be stronger without its iconic opening line. Am I even allowed to say this? Will lightning strike the minute I click ‘Publish’? It’s hard to find a novel more beloved and … Continue reading

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Pre-Reading Notes on Anna Karenina (by Bethany)

I haven’t given up on Paradise Lost – really I haven’t. For the last several weeks I’ve been preparing for the workshop I took this week, and now I have a deadline this Friday. After that, though, I want to … Continue reading

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The Return of the AP English Challenge: Final Thoughts on Anna Karenin(a) (by Jill)

I don’t think I’ve ever put off writing about a book for as long as I’ve put off finishing up April’s AP English Challenge selection.  I started Anna Karenin(a) on April 4th, and finished it on June 13th, effectively derailing … Continue reading

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Finally halfway through…. Thoughts on parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Anna Karenin(a). (by Jill)

So here is the primary problem with nineteenth century Russian novelists: they do tend to go on.  Back then people didn’t have quite as many things to do besides ride around in sledges and engage in extramarital affairs and read … Continue reading

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