Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

  • Release Date: 1877-12-30
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
From 2,949 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.


  • 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!!
  • mind blowingly descriptiVe

    By TheGreatVis4Villain
    man, listen! this book will describe the white on rice for 10 pages, giVe you the nutritional information the next ten pages, then painstakingly illustrate the character consuming the rice GRAIN BY GRAIN. i adVise you to read this with beethoVen or miles davis playing; you’re in for a long, slow ride. no need to buckle up, grandma is definitely driVing you home today,the long way! to finish this book is to accomplish a feat. tolstoy is not for the idle, impatient reader;)V
  • Anna Karenina

    By escjlv zgjufssxc
    I love the classics but this is so wordy and tediously boring
  • Very good

    By Kunkelkk2
    This is a very good, very long story. Well written. I have enjoyed it very much. It's hard to keep up with all of the people. I, finally, went back and made notes on the relationships with other people. I will r ad Wa and Peace, but not now. I'll take a break and read a shorter one.
  • Profound!

    By Randi#20
    This book was nothing like I expected. I was expecting a dramatic tale of two lovers - which it was, sort of- but it was SO much more. The way Tolstoy weaves the eternal truths about life, death, love, choices, temptation, consequences, truth, and beauty into the story are absolutely breathtaking. His words describe thoughts and feelings that I thought were unique to me as if I had shared them with him because his insight into human emotion and relationships is profound and true. I throughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys the intricacies and under currents to human relationships and choices. Superb!!
  • My All Time Favorite

    By emmajviola
    Though it’s a long book, it doesn’t feel that way. Tolstoy paints such a vivid and beautiful image of places and people we still relate to today. Everyone will find theirselves reflected in these diverse, intriguing, and truly human characters. Please read this, it answered questions about life and love I didn’t know I had.
  • Anna karenina

    By Miss me and have an egg
    Philosophical worth reading many times tussle of ones thought are clearly and explicitly observed and expressed and written wonder how the writer has in-depth knowledge ones feelings feels like readers own emotional behaviour is so vividly projected
  • Anna Katrina

    By $Cookie
    Reflects a society in constant change as it portrays the fallibility of people as they focus on power and position; religion; and retaliation. As the story ends it became tedious to plow through some of the dialogue. Still worth reading.