Thursday, April 12, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Today's Question is...

What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I read it the summer before junior year of high school. It took me ALL SUMMER. Part of it is certainly the length-- my copy weighs in at nearly 900 pages. But Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is only a few pages shorter, and that took me less than a day. A large part is content. Tolstoy has a lot of thoughts on Russia's peasants that I didn't know what to do with. And everyone had a million different names, so it was hard to keep them straight.

Now that I know more about Russia and Tolstoy's overall context and have a lot more experience with Russian literature, I'd like to pick it up again.

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Charity Tahmaseb said...

Oh, those Russian names. One of the advantages to majoring in Russian in college is, after a while, the reason behind all those names sorted themselves out and I could really start enjoying the literature.

I haven't read Anna for years. I keep meaning to, but it's so long ...

Jennie said...

I took a (fantastic) Dostoevsky class in college, which really helped and makes me feel much more ready to revisit Anna.

I just wish I had taken it before my last semester, so I could have signed up for Tolstoy, as well!

Eileen Leacock said...

Good for you. It is good to know the history of books. Here is my BTT post: