4 1/2 Stars
This is a must read for any Tolstoy fan. No, its not
to his standard so don't expect it, BUT! if you're like me and just
cant get enough Tolstoy this book is satisfying.
Its not perfect,
the story deviates down a few side streets in the form of famous
artists/ entertainers. For example, her alter hero Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec the artist actually fights a duel for her honor. Yes.
The dwarf. Entertaining but I was wondering if it was relevent to the
story. It reminded me a bit of Dickens, he had a thing for inserting
performers in his stories and I was never fond of it. Anyway!
Ok, this is going to he hard but IN A NUTSHELL:
Karenina, as we all remember had two children before she committed
suicide on the rail tracks. Anni and Alexei. Both ended up with her
husband (the boy was her husband's) and Count Vronsky went back to his
regiment and was killed.
This is the story of Anni when she
comes of age. Her papa dies and his estate is split between the two
children. Alexei runs with a wild crowd, gambling and joining. the
revolutionary movement. Anni moves to Paris and studies art.
meat of the story begins when Alexei and his revolutionary friend Oliver
surprise her with a visit. There has been bombing activity in the city,
they are suspect, she shelters them and unwittingly becomes involved.
lots of twists and turns in here and I really cant get into them
without spoiling things but suffice it to say I REALLY enjoyed this. If
it wasn't for the entertainers I would have given it 5 stars (and I have
a feeling that if I reread it those parts wouldn't bother me so much
because Id understand their point in being there).
I felt that
the author stayed true to Tolstoy's story and characters and Anni and
Alexei also stayed true to what we would expect of them given their
background. I also loved the little tidbits that tied this story to
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The horse race for example and Anni's reaction
to railtrack accidents.
SEX : None (some nude posing for artists)
VIOLENCE : a few descriptions of bombing injuries and a couple of deaths.
PARANORMAL ELEMENTS : None
MY RATING : PG