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Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky I first became interested in reading Anna Karenina because as of late I began to hear a lot about Tolstoy and also with the movie release so I decided to take the plunge and check it out. I was pleasantly surprised by the book in the beginning, a lot of events happen in the beginning that were quite intriguing and there were many thought-provoking moments. I loved some of the quotes inside the book, they were beautifully worded out and better than I could have put them.Tolstoy writes human nature quite accurately I think and he depicts his characters, I feel, quite realistically. I was captivated by his characters and how he developed them over time, mostly Anna because the change in her throughout the book was the most I felt.However, towards the middle of the book, it seemed to get a lot less interesting when it started to focus on Levin and his lifestyle. I think it might have had to do with my lack of knowledge of Russian history that caused my disinterest at these parts. As I was nearing the end I was anticipating finishing the book as it was getting a bit boring and relieved that I had finally finished the 800+ pages.In overall, it was a pleasant read and definitely a classic you should read at least once in your life, though it may help to have a bit of knowledge about Russian history around that time if you don’t want to be too confused by it.