Anna KareninaMonday, August 06, 2012
Today has been a productive day. :) I woke up early, had my coffee and read in 2 Corinthians. Then I promptly began work I had been putting off...I sent a manuscript-in-process to an editor at WinePress publishing who offered to read my work and give a free consultation! Then I filled out a job application for Barnes & Noble. I'm trying to find a part time job for the school year, possibly there or Chick-fil-A.
Then...I realized it was only ten in the morning. I didn't have anything planned until four, when I have a coach appointment at the YMCA. And I thought, "Well, what will I do with myself now?"
So...surprise, surprise....I picked up a book. It's a rather old book, one I've heard many wonderful (and some not so wonderful) things about. It's a book that I believe every English major should read at some point in their career.
This has been on my "to-read" list for quite some time. But I was reminded of it when I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie production starring Keira Knightley as the title role. So, I picked up the book this morning and began.
I must say, it's rather long. Probably twice the length of a Jane Austen novel. And I know that this book has roused controversy over Tolstoy's hostility towards society and ethical values. But I find this story to be fascinating for the very fact that it has provided so much dissension. Any writer who can do that and still leave a lasting impression must be noteworthy, in my opinion.
For those of you who haven't read the book, Anna Karenina is a young socialite woman who takes up an affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Their covert romance threatens to damage their social positions and the reputation of Anna's husband who is a government official. In the end, they must choose between love and loyalty, passion and morality, happiness and social standing.
To me, this is a Russian version of The Scarlet Letter, another of my favorite books. It also reminds me of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, a fabulous novella I highly recommend to any avid reader.
But it leads me to a very important question.
Is Anna and Vronsky's love justified? What about Hester Prynne and Dimmesdale, especially considering that her real husband has been missing for years?
Is there ever a situation when such a relationship is justified? Why or why not?
I would love your input!