Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of
literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of
unparalleled richness and density.
Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a
novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all
levels,- of destiny, death, human relationships and the
irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends tragically, and
there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an
abounding joy in life's many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion
of comic relief.