Monday, October 01, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 146: Anna Karenina

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

It seems somewhat appropriate that I should still be reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy as Banned Books Week gets under way. I have finished part three and am now well into part four—just past the halfway mark. So far I like it, though it is taking me longer than I'd like. This book has been banned or challenged in some countries (including the US), some of the reasons for which include: its discussion of communism, adultery, questions of religion, and treatment of/prejudice against minorities.

"She knew that this was what was going to happen; at the same time it was so horrible that she could not even imagine to herself how it would end. And she wept without restraint, like a child that has been punished.

The sound of the footman’s steps forced her to recover herself; hiding her face she pretended to be writing.

(pg 351; Part three, chapter XVI)


A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina portrays the moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband (and Russian high society) would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life, haunted by thoughts of suicide, Levin's struggles echo Tolstoy's own spiritual crisis. But Anna's inner turmoil mirrors the own emotional imprisonment and mental disintegration of a woman who dares to transgress the strictures of a patriarchal world. In Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy brought to perfection the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that bared the Russian soul.

Last week's Anna Karenina teaser


C.M.Brown said...

Good choice for a teaser! Thanks for sharing.

My TT this week is from He Came For Mine, Book Two in The Protector Series

Karen and Gerard said...

Wonder what was so horrible, good teaser! Here's the link to ours:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I want to find the time to reread this one. The other night, I recorded the original movie and hope to watch it soon....I've never seen the old version.


Tribute Books Mama said...

Love the book, waiting for the new film version.

kaye said...

hooray for you--halfway through. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Heather said...

CM: Thank you, I'm glad you liked it.

Karen and Gerard: Definitely a strong emotional scene. Thanks for visiting!

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: I am enjoying the book and would like to see at least one of the many movies based on it. If not one of the older versions, the new one coming out soon.

Heather said...

Tribute: I hope I can get to the new film version. I have a feeling if it plays here it will be at the more expensive cinema friends and I do not care for. :-\

Kaye: Thanks for the support. Here's shooting for the 3/4 mark, LOL. *G*

gautami tripathy said...

You chose a wonderful book!

My teaser is from Sweat by Mark Gilleo

sallyfromoz said...

Love your tease - thank you for dropping by my blog :)

Alice Audrey said...

I often pretend to be writing, too, but for completely different reasons. :)

Yvonne said...

Great teaser!

Beth said...

A very gripping teaser! Thanks for stopping by.

Heather said...

Gautami: Thank you! :)

Thanks, Sally! Glad you like. *g*

Heather said...

Alice: ROFL...I do not doubt it. *G*

Thanks, Yvonne! :)

Beth: Thanks, I'm glad it has gripped peoples' attention. :)