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In This Invigorating New Assessment Of Anna Karenina, Gary Saul Morson Overturns Traditional Interpretations Of The Classic Novel And Shows Why Readers Have Misunderstood Tolstoy S Characters And Intentions Morson Argues That Tolstoy S Ideas Are Far Radical Than Has Been Thought His Masterpiece Challenges Deeply Held Conceptions Of Romantic Love, The Process Of Social Reform, Modernization, And The Nature Of Good And Evil By Investigating The Ethical, Philosophical, And Social Issues With Which Tolstoy Grappled, Morson Finds In Anna Karenina Powerful Connections With The Concerns Of Today He Proposes That Tolstoy S Effort To See The World Wisely Can Deeply Inform Our Own Search For Wisdom In The Present Day The Book Offers Brilliant Analyses Of Anna, Karenin, Dolly, Levin, And Other Characters, With A Particularly Subtle Portrait Of Anna S Extremism And Self Deception Morson Probes Tolstoy S Important Insights Evil Is Often The Result Of Negligence Goodness Derives From Small, Everyday Deeds And Completes The Volume With An Irresistible, Original List Of One Hundred And Sixty Three Tolstoyan Conclusions

10 thoughts on “Anna Karenina in Our Time: Seeing More Wisely

  1. says:

    The first chapter of this book was incredibly dry and elitist sounding Morson is constantly name dropping and talking about philosophical ways of thinking as though they are common knowledge and barely mentions Karenina, which is quite confusing to the reader as to the nature of the book Maybe he was trying to show he is a scholar with something to contribute to the conversation to prove himself, so to speak However, I felt it came off as alienating to his readers This would be fine if it was a book written for fellow scholars and when I read a chapter to my scholar theologian husband, he remarked, huh, sounds like a book I d enjoy however, the rest of the book reads as though it were written on a popular level for lovers of Tolstoy and Anna Karenina no outside knowledge necessary I just kept thinking to myself, how sad to think of all the people who couldn t make it through the first chapter to discover all the beauty and delight of this book So, start at chapter 2 and you will be amazed This book was beautiful, thought provoking, moving Morson s words on prosaic love as opposed to romantic love were especially insightful to me I was also excited to find someone whom I resonated with on my feelings about Anna s narcissism and the essentialness of characters like Dolly to the crux of the story.I had so many lightbulb moments reading this book It made me want to turn around and read Anna Karenina all over again and I m sure I will Some of the ideas discussed looking as an action, foreshadowing omens, when Tolstoy is speaking and when we re seeing the characters perspectives, modernism v Westernization, and many make this a worthwhile read for anyone It has a lot of light to shed on Russian authors as a whole and the ways in which we read different types of literature.I expected the second half of the book to be a bit drier than the first since it dealt with Levin and his ideas on politic, ethics, agriculture , but I was just as excited about what I was reading There is a lot to think about concerning modernization and wars and how we feel about human tragedy Very applicable for us today.The one area I think I disagreed with Morson was concerning Christian love and conversion I did not buy into his opinions about Karenina s conversion, and I think he completely misses the point of Levin s epiphany at the end of the book which I see to be true conversion, and I think Tolstoy would agree with me Levin speaks constantly in his epiphany of living for God of recognizing the truths he s been brought up in, as a Christian, are right He closes his incredible thought process with the words, Can this be faith he thought, afraid to believe in his happiness My God, I thank Thee he said, gulping down his sobs, and with both hands brushing away the tears that filled his eyes Maybe because of our own beliefs about God and faith we have come to different conclusions, but it saddened me that Morson did not share my delight and amazement at the way Tolstoy so beautifully documents Levin s spiritual conversion and, instead, calls what Karenin experiences at Anna s bedside as the true conversion and that, as with all Christian love, is utopianism Eek.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Anna Karenina I don t think you ll be disappointed

  2. says:

    This book is called Anna Karenina in our Time and not Introduction to Anna Karenina, but the cover is right so I guess this is the book I was glad to see it at the used bookstore around the corner, since I had recently read Anna Karenina It is by a professor of Slavic Languages at Northwestern University, and appears to be a series of lectures Morson does not really like Anna Karenina the character , Greta Garbo not withstanding, and sees her as narcissistic Morson makes it clear that his interest is in finding universal themes in the book rather than teaching us anything about its historic and literary context, which I would have preferred.

  3. says:

    Amazing I studied every word from the history of intellectual history to Tolstoy s understanding of good and evil Our interest and interpretation of Levin as the real topic of the book, and the real interest, matches exactly Just a fantastic read

  4. says:

    This was a wonderfully lucid and penetrating study of Anna Karenina, and it changed my thinking about many things, above all how we are supposed to think about Anna and her fate In Morson s view, Anna is not the incarnation of love and too alive for this world, but is instead constantly misperceiving things and full of self deceit It is the result of these misperceptions what Morson frames as Tolstoy s interest in tiny, tiny alterations of consciousness that ultimately lead to her suicide There is also a great chapter on Levin, and the book ends with some very interesting Tolstoyan propositions that Morson culls from Tolstoy s body of work A really wonderful and helpful work of literary criticism.

  5. says:

    There s a lot to Anna Karenina than a tragic love story Tolstoy is deeply philosophical than most people think That s why I liked this analysis.

  6. says:

    Gave me a useful perspective on Tolstoy s novel Well researched and very thorough.

  7. says:

    Not going to give it a rating since I am using for reference and not reading closely Note the final section 163 Tolstoyan Conclusions as a resource for discussion prompts.