Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, Aylmer Maude

By Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, Aylmer Maude

"One of the best love tales in global literature."  —Vladimir Nabokov

In a unique of remarkable richness and complexity, set opposed to the backdrop of Russian excessive society, Tolstoy charts the process the doomed love affair among Anna, a gorgeous married girl, and count number Vronsky, a filthy rich military officer who pursues Anna after turning into infatuated along with her at a ball. even though she at the beginning resists his charms Anna ultimately succumbs, falling passionately in love and atmosphere in movement a series of occasions that result in her downfall. during this striking novel, Tolstoy seamlessly weaves jointly the lives of dozens of characters, whereas evoking a love so powerful that those that adventure it are ready to die for it.

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But he had only a vague idea of what had happened. He had come all the way from Vernon without a bite to eat, overcome every now and then by despair and by such terrible pangs of hunger that he had munched leaves from the hedges as he tramped along. In pain, suffering from cramp and sickness, his stomach knotted, his eyesight blurred, his feet moving forward as if drawn, without his being aware of it, by his vision of Paris far away, so far away, summoning him from over the horizon, waiting for him to come.

But the cabbage soup gave off a terrible smell. Florent turned away, put off by the sight of the full cups, which the customers emptied in silence, glancing sideways like suspicious animals. As the woman began serving a fresh customer, Claude was overwhelmed by the steam of the soup, which caught him full in the face. He tightened his belt once more, half amused and half annoyed. ’ The day was breaking. The houses on the Boulevard de Sébastopol, at the end of the Rue de la Cossonnerie, were still in darkness; but above the sharp line of the slate roofs the arch-pieces of the covered avenue cut out a bright half-moon in the pale blue sky.

From then until the morning he had been dragged from station to station. The note accompanied him each time. He was manacled from the start and guarded as though he were a raving lunatic. At the station in the Rue de la Lingerie some drunken soldiers wanted to shoot him; they had already lighted a lantern in preparation when an order came through to take all prisoners to the depot of the Préfecture. * And ever since then he had been hungry. He had been hungry in the dungeon, and hunger had never left him.

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