Lara Ver Ver de Ouham-Pendé, Central African Republic
A Russian classic, 'Anna Karenina' is a lengthy yet engrossing epic of a changing Russia near the turn on the twentieth century. It has many well-drawn characters, the main character being Anna Karenina, her busy husband-- a government official, her brother and the members of his family, Count Vronsky-a military ladies man who charms many a woman, and a man named Levin who lives in the country and his family. Much is happening in this book-it is just before the start of the great Russian Revolution of the early twentieth century. Many of the characters are military or government officials and workers. The lead characters are wealthy landowners with the poor and the workers taking a smaller role. Although this book is specific to Russian history it is also rich in telling the universal stories which are shared the world over. It is a story of love, of pain, of the struggle to find meaning in life, to find one's place in the world. I found this book fascinating. Written by Leo Tolstoy, a great Russian writer, it is written with in a timeless manner. In this, even in the twenty-first century this story can be related to without problem. I recommend to anyone who is interested in Russian history, epic stories, and dramatic romance.
The first one is a classic obviously and would get five stars from me. I thought Wind in the Door was a decent follow-up but STP didn't really do it for me. This site is really making me reminisce about all those "young adult" classics. I was a much better reader when I was a kid!