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Anna Karenina - Your Opinion?

Discussion in 'Book Lovers' started by Rakhii, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Rakhii

    Rakhii Finest Post Winner

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    Interesting point. "Punishing" women because they somehow failed seems to be the trend back then. I think books had a major influence on a lot of people (understandably as apart from books, there was Theatre and nothing much else). So if you kill the women, you are making a statement that its "meant" to be that way. Either you stay put or the socially accepted alternative is to simply kill yourself.

    I havent thought about it much until today until after I started reflecting on what you said and what Blinky is saying. I do see a pattern here where women (including Jane Austen) dont kill their ladies unlike their male counterparts. Why, even take Lolita for that matter. It was mid 1900's isnt it? Even then, the story came back to Lolita asking for assistance from a man who seduced her at a very young age...
     
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    I have come back to report that I just finished Therese Raquin. I now understand what you meant when you said that she was doomed to sin. She is very different (at least her circumstances) from Karenina. I loved how Zola figured out a way to navigate the emotions of everyone involved, especially of Therese and Laurent. They were bound by love when they murdered Therese's husband and then hated each other for a sin committed together. A pool of blood always in-between them reminding them of a crime so great...

    Curiously though, both Anna Karenina and Therese Raquin were written and publishes between 1865-1875. Both still chose to kill. Moral flaws certainly did need retribution back then.

    I am wondering what I should touch upon next....any suggestions??
     
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    Take a break till Blinky comes back....
    Read more girl-authors in the break....
    Here is a video teaser:
     
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    I read them both :) (all of Austin and Wuthering heights is still one of my favourites).
    Maybe I should start Middlemarch like your last suggestion.
     
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    Middlemarch is a good one. However, (compared to Blinky) I am not so outcoming (should it be outgoing?) with book recommendations. Listening to Kate Mosse in the video debate (she was on the Team-Bronte), I wanted to read more of what she has written. Just googled to read blurbs on her books. You'd LOL if you see the titles, and back-cover briefs on her books..... They sound like wuthering heights sequels... Her most recent one is
    The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

    @Rihana has written an essay on Sambhar; if she writes more recipes like that, that collection would be like a modern version of "The Philosopher in the Kitchen" (an old french book, with some recipes, but mostly observations on life. The english translation suffers in two ways (1) things don't translate well from french (2) although the Amazon blurb says "timeless book"... it ain't so. If you are in a library/bookstore, this is a book you ought to leaf through and see if you like it.
     
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    I still have to finish Anna Karenina. I watched the movie before finishing the book and it ruined the suspense.
     

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