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.