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Anna Karenina

I thought I might finally order some of the books which had been around on my wishlist for a long time, dissertation relevant ones. I was blithely moving books from wish list to "shopping bag" when something inexplicable caught my eye: what was Anna Karenina doing in the number one spot on the bestselling books list? Sure, it's a classic, the plot's good, and new editions come out now and again, but it's been out for a long time. It's been out for a hundred and thirty years or so.

The answer, for those of you who don't already know, is Oprah.

Looking around for more information, however, I found that Sean Bean played Count Vronsky in a 1997 movie version of the book. The book's good - are any of the movies?


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Jun. 28th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
There are definitely three interesting versions to consider; Garbo, Leigh and Marceau as Anna. I quite liked the Vivien Leigh one and I would certainly like to see the Marceau version. The cast is impressive if nothing else.
Jun. 28th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Just a side note--the translators of this edition of Anna Karenina were listed on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" for this summer. They're doing War and Peace next...
Aug. 2nd, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
Wow... is Oprah sponsoring W&P or is it just the quality of these translators which this reflects?
Aug. 2nd, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
Wow... I just noticed that you actually left this comment over a month ago. I only just received it by email!!
Jun. 28th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
I did see a bit of the Sean Bean version (I think it was on a post-FOTR kick, on tv), and it was okay, but not wonderful I think. Sophie Marceau was very beautiful. I'm guessing the earlier versions would be more true to the book!
Jun. 28th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
Not really. I think due to code reasons the adultery aspect had to be very underplayed in the Garbo and Leigh versions.
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