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Although Russian critics dismissed the novel on its publication as a "trifling romance of high life", Fyodor Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style", and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written".
I don't know how I've gotten this far in my life without ever coming across Dorothy Parker, but OH, MY! I love her and I can't wait to read more. Poetry, short stories, book reviews (really funny to read her praises for books which went on to be classics), play reviews, personal commentaries - all fantastic. What a fun collection to read. Enjoy!
Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.