Teaser Tuesday: Anna Karenina

Like a child riding a carousel reaching for the coveted brass ring, the Wheel of Time has spun ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

This week’s book is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolsoty. My particular copy is from 1940, so the title is spelled “Anna Karenine” and the author is “Leo Tolstoi.” This classic has been on my to-read list for a while; I was given a copy last summer by my English teacher colleague cleaning out duplicates from her library.

The Truly Random Number Generator send us to page 75:

"By the way," said Karénine, "I have brought you some 
money. I am sure you must need some; one cannot 
support the household on nightingales' songs!"

Oh, the questions this selection raises! Who is Karénine talking to? Why do they need money? Will they accept? Why or why not?

Guess I’ll just have to keep reading to find out!

Anna Karenine 1940s Cover and Binding

The 1940s were a different time for cover art . . .

In Retrospect

I gave Henry Matisse: Rooms with a View by Shirley Blum 4 stars. I found it interesting and informative; as a colorblind person, I appreciated Blum’s descriptions of the paintings and her analysis of them – especially the more abstract ones. I love art, but find it difficult to see and/or understand at times.

Perhaps that’s why I like the Renaissance artists and their brilliant use of color so much.

Favorite Paintings:

Henri Matisse Notre-Dame 1914

Notre-Dame, 1914. Oil on Canvas, 147 x 98 cm

Henri Matisse French Window at Collioure 1914

French Window at Collioure, 1914. Oil on canvas, 116.5 x 89 cm

Henri Matisse Violinist at the Window 1918

Violinist at the Window, 1918. Oil on canvas, 150 x 98 cm

Favorite Passages:

When asked why he painted tomatoes blue, he [Matisse] replied: Because I see them that way, and I cannot help it if no one else does.

[Attack] the hard place, the rock from which you either discover a new horizon, or destroy the canvas.

– Marguerite Matisse

Coming Soon

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What have you been reading?



8 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Anna Karenina

  1. Well… they certainly knew how to restrain themselves with book covers way back then, didn’t they? It reminds me of my grandparents’ bookshelves – no wonder I am so cravenly attracted to the modern, bright shiny covers of today! Are you enjoying it? I read it longer ago than I care to recall, but I did enjoy it – once I got the hang of the Russian habit of giving everyone 2 names. This is my offering… https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/teaser-tuesday-2nd-february/

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    1. I thought the same thing about the cover; it’s even more disconcerting (given the semi-nude woman front and center) when I realized I’m actually reading the 1940s version of an “Illustrated Classic” dumbed down for kids and with pictures every couple of pages.

      However, the text is small and tight, and the pictures don’t count towards the total page count, so I suppose it’s not as bad as it could be.

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  2. Yep, definitely need a reread. Which will be a good excuse to get my own copy (I borrowed it from a friend when I read it) – I might see if I can get an older copy from the second-hand store, one with an interesting cover.

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  3. I love the painting of Notre Dame. I read Anna Karenina years ago and don’t remember much. Thanks for reminding me of it. I admire your reading plan. I’m reading a strange book, The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel by Adam Johnson. I’m counting on things coming together in the end.

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