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January Meetup: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

East Bay Classic Fiction Book Club
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Jan 28 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Please join us in January when we discuss Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

When entering Howden's Spice Monkey, please order something no matter how inexpensive at the bar downstairs. We will meet upstairs, probably in the room that we used previously, up the stairs against the right wall of the building as you enter.

Lucy, the organizer, is posting this notice very early to give everyone a chance to start reading Anna Karenina early, since Anna Karenina is a little over 800 pages long.

The translation from the Russian done by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is highly recommended.

Brief survey from goodreads.com:

Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature - with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author's own views and convictions.

Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, 'He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, 'Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.

Brief survey from Wikipedia:

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in book form in 1878. Many authors consider Anna Karenina the greatest work of literature ever written, and Tolstoy himself called it his first true novel. It was initially released in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger.

A complex novel in eight parts, with more than a dozen major characters, it is spread over more than 800 pages (depending on the translation), typically contained in two volumes. It deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, desire, and rural vs. city life. The plot centers on an extramarital affair between Anna and dashing cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg and forces the young lovers to flee for Italy in a futile search for happiness. Returning to Russia, their lives further unravel.

How to find us:Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar is in same building as Howden Market, between 15th and 17th Streets, near the corner of 17th Street and Webster Steet in Oakland.

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