The Curtains Open: Let’s Begin Anna
I found myself slightly intimidated after Kate’s fantastic scholarly post, but then I talked myself down and remembered that I want to talk about Anna K. like I talk about all my other books. Very casual. That’s why we have this blog: lots of viewpoints, right? Right.
So. I’m up to Chapter XII. We have met Oblonsky, Levin, and a host of other minor characters. Anna is on her way, and there is great upset in the Oblonsky house. What I am really appreciating is the way that Tolstoy illustrates regular family life in late 1800s Russia: what people ate, the way they are with each other, what it means to be ‘familiar’ with an acquaintance. (For the rest, click here)