My dear friends, I've done it. After more than six weeks, I have slain the monster. Anna Karenina is no more... I mean, Anna Karenina is no more (bwahaha, italics humor). For those of you who missed my half-way through ramblings, here they are. For the rest of you, read on...
I only don't know how I feel about this book. There were so many elements that annoyed me - the excessive repetition, the wordiness, the way Tolstoy spells things out for his reader, the absolute lack of any sort of suspense, the use of direct discourse, the inability of the omniscient narrator to ever be anything but omniscient, the horrifically chauvinistic view of women, the long rambles about a huge variety of topics that I have no background or interest it, the fact that I couldn't follow the timeline, etc. - but I just don't know. I can't bring myself to say I don't like it. Is that because I subconsciously fear being snubbed in the blog world? Maybe, but I doubt it, particularly after so many people agreed with me about Emma. The thing is, Anna Karenina also has a lot of elements that I love - it's loooong (I love series), you really get to know the characters (though I didn't like a single one), the fact that I really got a sense of a lifestyle different from my own. Suffice it to say, in a decidedly unTolstoyan manner, that I'm torn.
I'm not going to ramble on and on about this like I am wont to do. I think that what I really need is to reread this at some point in the semi-distant future. Perhaps reading it as part of a read-along would help so that I could compare notes with others... what do you all think? If I hosted an Anna Karenina read-along next year, is that something you would be interested in?
I'd love to know your thoughts on the book! Maybe other perspectives will help me figure out my own.
Oh, one more thing before I go: I am a woman and I have more on my mind than men and babies. Tolstoy, I hope you're taking notes.
Anna Karenina counts towards the TBR challenge, my only challenge I've actually managed to make headway on this year. Woot!