September 20, 2012

Anna Karenina

The movie with Keira Knightley (directed by her Atonement / Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright) comes out in October. So I'm reading the novel for the first time and trying to pay attention to what makes Tolstoy such a master. He's a great storyteller, but I suspect that his portrayal of the psychology of everyday social interactions was his real innovation. Those little missteps that make a person blush, the feeling of seesawing between something going well and suddenly feeling all wrong.

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