First of all, let me apologize for my blogging, ehem, hiatus. Trying to adjust this school year has proven challenging. While I’ve managed to keep up with the reading, blogging has fallen by the wayside. Thank you blogging partners for picking up the slack.
I’ve been jotting down ideas for posts, but since, as I mentioned, I haven’t actually put fingers to keyboard, I guess I’ll just go back in Anna Karenina time and mention a few thoughts.
Did anyone else enjoy the opening line? “All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Not sure I agree with that, but it did immediately draw me in and and make me think.
I also was struck by the Biblical reference before Part I even begins: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Now that I’m in Part III, I’m wondering about that one even more. Is vengeance one of Tolstoy’s main themes? I haven’t seen much of it yet. Of course, there is quite a bit of book to go…
A few other “opening” remarks:
1. I’m finding this MUCH easier reading than Dostoyevsky.
2. “Tolstoy” is much easier to type and pronounce than “Dostoyevsky.”
3. Is it just me, or are the characters easier to keep straight? One of my blogging partners suggested it might be because of the more Americanized nicknames such as Dolly, Kitty, and Steve.
Hope you are enjoying this as much as I am!