Sunday, February 10, 2013


From We Love This Book

We asked the Salmon Fishing in the Yemen author what his seven castaway reads would be

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Not a very original choice; but this book remains one of the most complete novels I have ever read. It has such a range of characters, any one of whom is complex and big enough to fill an entire novel on his or her own. There is Anna herself, of course; her venal brother Oblonsky; her tortured husband Karenin; her noble lover Vronsky, and of course the central figure of Levin. The book is full of unforgettable scenes: Levin and Kitty skating on the ice at the Zoological Gardens; the train journey to St Petersburg through winter storms when Vronsky and Anna fall in love. It is a book that will bear re-reading time and time again.

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