book beginnings on Friday: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

I have begun listening to Anna Karenina on audio! Am I crazy? It’s almost 40 hours long! But I enjoy it so far.

I wanted to share the beginning with you. It’s a famous line, and one I recognized, but I didn’t know where from.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Lovely, no?

It is likely to be a while before you see a review of this one. 🙂 With my usual listening time, I figure I can finish this within a month. Stay tuned! Anybody out there have anything wonderful (or not) to say about Tolstoy? This is my first experience with him.

5 Responses

  1. I’m reading War and Peace right now. Good luck to you with this one!

    • You’re braver than I; I ended up with Anna because I thought it might be a touch easier! I’ve heard it’s advised to keep a spreadsheet of all the families and characters in War and Peace which sounded scary. And Anna I’m finding plenty easy to follow. Time consuming, but not difficult. We’ll see. 🙂 Good luck to you too; I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

      • I’m reading it with a group over this entire year. I read about a chapter a day. And someone provided a list of all the people…thank goodness. I read Anna many years ago and I love it. Hope you like it!

  2. Sounds like you have a good support system. 🙂

  3. This is actually great meme! And the opening is amazing! 🙂

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