Anna Karenina by Leo Toltsoy

Inspired by a visit to Waterstones and Leo Toltsoy’s opening line of Anna Karenina

Yesterday I spent two hours in Waterstones selecting my next read. I have just finished Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s Memories of my Melancholy Whores, so there were some stipulations on my next read; it wasn’t to be set in Latin America or the Caribbean, nor could it utilise magical realism, had to be written by a woman – as I cannot tell you the last book I read written by a female – and must be just released or, at the least, contemporary.

With all that in mind, I found myself choosing between William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and Leo Toltsoy’s Anna Karenina.  Vanity Fair seemed most appropriate as it explores many of the themes the very novel I am still attempting to write explores. However, I read the opening  line of Anna Karenina and was moved instantly.

‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Anna Karenina, Leo Toltsoy

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