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ANNA KARENINA - A BEHEMOTH

Tolstoy on estate 1908Am I the only one who became stupefied just a few chapters into Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina?  The story has at least 30 important characters, plus a plethora of non-essential characters.  It’s over 800 pages in length and was originally published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877.

Below is the cover page of the first volume of Anna Karenina.

To the right is 79-year-old Tolstoy on his estate Yasnaya Polyana.

Anna Karenina