Years ago I saw a poster for Anna Karenina in the doorway of an independent art cinema in Christchurch near the Square and it’s stuck with me ever since. Given it’s a Russian novel, and universally known to be a brick of a thing, I thought I’d start on 21 June – the shortest day and read my way out of winter. Since I work in the book industry, I created a little group of readers who are all currently reading, finished or have abandoned AK too.
Although I’m making heavy work of it (it’s almost a month in and I’m only just at page 200) I love it. From the first, famous line, ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’ to the descriptions of Russian society and fashion, it’s great! This morning on the train I read the epic Vronsky steeplechase scene, which left me stunned.
If you know what happens please don’t tell me – I’m looking forward to discovering it myself.
Have you read it?