The other night, Pam and Richard and I were talking about Anna Karenina, which they had read and I am reading. Richard was making what seemed to me a very cogent point about the novel, that Anna seems less the focus than are the men surrounding her. Pam was partially agreeing, partially not; then as we moved on to a discussion of the end (yes, I haven’t gotten there yet but COME ON) Richard became increasingly puzzled, and wondered if he hadn’t finished it. Turns out he in fact read War and Peace instead.
But Pam couldn’t help with my question and maybe somebody here can. I’m reading the novel on my Kindle, which makes skimming pretty much impossible, so I don’t know how to go back and check this: it seemed to me that Anna was all restraint and longing gazes with Vronsky, and all of a sudden she’s pregnant. At least, sometimes she’s pregnant, and sometimes she seems to forget. Who’s the father? Am I not reading carefully enough? Was Tolstoi wanting us to read between the lines? Should I stay away from free Kindle books?