I think the only reason that AK is not included in ten best novels in the world lists more often is that it does not seem fair to list makers (or interesting to their audience) that the same author should have two books in the list. (It has been four years since I read War and Peace and I hope to reread it soon.)
I think the best way, if you have the time, is to read one or two of the eight sections every day, saving the short last section to be read last on a separate day. There are only about ten really central characters so you can keep them straight and the translators have a cast list in front. I knew the basic plot action of the book but still I was in great suspense while reading. I found the scene where Anna and Vronsky first consummated their relationship incredibly shocking and powerful, much more erotic than the most graphic best seller.
This is just, to me, a perfect work of art. I would say that I think Tolstoy gets better the older one gets. If you are or were ever married, I think you will find yourself evaluating your marriage.
|"I could play Anna"