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“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”
I am not the biggest fan of this specific genre, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I read most of the books in this genre at once. At once…yeah I know what you think. I think books in this specific genre all end a bit too dramatic. (hint!) I did like this more than the other “brick” by this same author.
The title of this novel might fool you a bit as the book is not about one person but it does describe the one person through the lives of three different families or couples that are linked to each other. Each one of this couples have their problems as goes the famous quote of this novel:
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
I liked the main character, I can’t not like a person who reads and writes books (oh the amount of whining…) This individual is just pursuing love because of being married to cold and passionless personage and is just too honest with one’s feelings. This eventually leads that this character is in social exile and lives in plain misery. I ended up feeling really sorry for the main character. After all, the only flaws of the poor creature wasto fall in love with the wrong people. Though, no, some part of me kept asking “why?”
I think this book described in a very talented way the life of the Russian aristocrats (hint hint!) and their feelings and the daily life and also you learn a lot of the military, war, agriculture! family life, local elections…
I’d give this book 9/10
Your Guide How-To Read ?
1. This is one of the books that you probably have ready image in your head because of it’s reputation so be careful with that.The plot is somewhat revealed when the two main characters talk about Plato in the beginning of the book (hint!)
2. Pay attention to the meaning of the trains in this novel. (hint)
3. For me, it was long read. And it takes you lot of hours to read it. It is quite lengthy and the author takes you deep in to the feelings (+ complaining…) of the characters and many surrounding happenings are thoroughly explained.
4. Full names of the characters and all the variations and “nicknames” can be a bit difficult and confusing.
5. Remember to look into all the adaptations!
“Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand.”