Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

  • Release Date: 1877-12-30
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 3,435 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Thus begins what many consider the world’s greatest novel. Leo Tolstoy originally published this sweeping saga in serial form beginning in 1875, portraying a vast swath of Russian life, from the fields worked by starving peasant farmers to the sitting rooms (and bedrooms) of privileged aristocrats.

Despite its epic nature, Anna Karenina is an intricate, intimate study of one woman’s downward spiral into tragedy. As Anna’s husband becomes increasingly absorbed in philosophical and political introspection, Tolstoy’s heroine grows weary of her life as a mother and wealthy man’s wife. Increasingly unsettled by the stark class differences she observes, Anna finds passion again in a forbidden affair with Count Vronsky. But can she overcome her obsessive concern with societal norms to find a measure of happiness?

Passion. Betrayal. Love. Revenge. Tolstoy’s classic has it all.


  • A Journey of a Book

    By Zayijn
    Originally I picked this up to read a classic and mostly to tell people I was reading Tolstoy, but after it was done, I was glad I read it. It was pretty dry and boring, but by part five out of eight, I was invested in finishing it — partly given to the fact that I felt so invested in the characters. Of course, with an 800+ page book, one does get to know characters pretty well. There were a lot of people in the book to keep track of at the beginning, but the important ones do get easier to remember. A good shock near the end, and hopefully one day I can get to ‘War and Peace’!
  • Anna Karenina

    By Marywashington
    Very philosophical, with a humanistic recounting of Levin’s journey toward a rule book for life. Anna represents self-centered, narcissism leading to self-annihilation as its result. Kitty is the benevolent part of humanity as the good. Each character displays a different aspect of humanity.
  • The Best Yet

    By rossandbeth
    My favorite book by one of my favorite Russian authors. The story asks and answers many questions we all have about life and the kinds of people we meet and know.
  • Must Read!

    By LaLa Christine
    I am a huge fan of historical fiction and classic novels. This is, without a doubt, the most well written novel I have read! This is your ticket for a wonderful trip to late 19th century Russia.
  • Llv84

    By llv84
    El libro es realmente impresionante, con justa razón es una obra maestra de la literatura universal. Nunca había leído nada de Tolstoi y me encantó. Al principio no me llamaba la atención por el tema de la infidelidad, pero abarca mucho más que solo este aspecto de la condición humana y de la familia.
  • What Else Could Possibly Be Said?

    By Harrierflier
    It’s Tolstoy, so it’s great.
  • OK.

    By Kweyman527
    This was an incredibly dry read, but worth it. The love stories entwined in the story take hold and keep you reading until the very end.
  • Anna Karnina

    By M coldcuts
    So well written. Book of this earlier time period have substance. And character development. So much more substantial than more currently written books. There is a good reason why they are considered classics!!
  • Need to make citation friendly!!!

    By Ash.S137
    The only complaint that I have is that this book cannot be cited which is a big issue for this broke college student who can now not cite a book that is the whole subject of her last research paper of her undergrad.
  • Probably the Best Book I’ve Ever Read

    By Busy Bookworm
    I’m a bookworm in my mid 20’s. I was first introduced to Anna Karenina in my undergrad in a comparative literature class, when I was engaged to someone who was wrong for me. THIS BOOK OPENED MY EYES TO THE TOXICITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP, and gave me the courage I needed to break it off! The book was originally titled “The Two Marriages,” (though I would say it follows three principle relationships) which I think may have been a better title for it as it helped me understand the book so much more. I am now married to someone else and a mom to a one year old. I picked up this book again on the reading app so I could read on the go, as my little one is energetic to say the least. And WOW!! Every time I read this book I am floored, floored people!! The characters, the metaphors, the universal questions and truths, it is all so beautifully done. Tolstoy was truly a master of his craft. Don’t let the page number daunt you; again, I don’t have much time to sit and read because of my baby, but since it’s on my phone I can read AND annotate on the go!! Do yourself a favor get started!!