Anyone read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina already? Well, I haven't; but I've heard a lot about it and this book is considered a great classic. When I saw the movie trailer on a friend's blog, it definitely captured my attention because the name Keira Knightley and Jude Law are on the poster. Since the story is set in the 19th century, everything seems old-fashioned but elegant at the same time. I can't help but feeling excited just by watching the trailer; the conflict seems to be deep and a lot of emotions are involved. The movie is directed by Joe Wright, who also direct the movie Atonement & Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley was also the main actress on those movies), so I guess he should be quite experienced working with classic stories. For those who haven't read or heard of Anna Karenina before, I'll share a plot introduction I got from wikipedia; as well as the movie trailer below :)
Anna Karenina is the tragedy of married aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing—something that prefigures her own later situation, though with less tolerance for her by others.
A bachelor, Vronsky is willing to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky eventually takes Anna to Europe where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fears losing control and eventually takes her own life.
A parallel story within the novel is of Levin, a country landowner who desires to marry Kitty, sister to Dolly and sister-in-law to Anna's brother Oblonsky. Levin has to propose twice before Kitty accepts. The novel details Levin's difficulties managing his estate, his eventual marriage, and personal issues, until the birth of Levin's first child.
Actually, I've had the book in my bookshelves for quite some time now, but I never dare to start reading the 900+ pages book with super tight writing (I got the Signet Classics edition of Anna Karenina). I hope I'll get to read this wonderful story before I watch the movie adaptation. For those who already read the book, are you excited to see the movie adaptation? :)
“They've got no idea what happiness is, they don't know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us--there is no life.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina