25 September, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (91)

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It's weekly and bookish, and is great for finding new books for the never-ending TBR pile.

Rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. I'd meant to finish reading it by the end of summer, but Don Quixote got in my way for a very long time.

There is lots and lots of drama in Anna Karenina, but 387 pages in, I keep expecting more. At least the plot of War and Peace was actually punctuated by something, even if that thing was war. Oh well. Maybe my opinion will change by the time I'm done with it.


They knew that he was afraid of everything, afraid of riding an army horse; but now, precisely because it was scary, because people broke their necks, and because by each obstacle there was a doctor, an ambulance wagon with a cross sewn on it and a sister of mercy, he had decided to ride. Their eyes met, and Vronsky winked at him gently and approvingly.
-p. 195

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What are you reading now?

Ever read Anna Karenina or War and Peace? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan on reading them?


-----The Golden Eagle

39 comments:

Elizabeth said...

You are brave....I read 3/4 of this and had to stop. Too stilted. :)

Here is my teaser from MURDER TAKES TIME by Giacomo Giammatteo. It was GOOD...just finished it yesterday.

http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/09/teaser-tuesday-925.html

Pat Hatt said...

Never read it one bit, not sure I will. As for reading now, do blogs count? haha

Cherie Reich said...

I tried reading it in high school, but I don't think I got very far...maybe 100 pages or less.

Here's my TT.

Jack said...

I've never read either book. I might read War and Peace someday...for weird reasons. (Get Smart)

Let's see...right now I'm reading Dracula and North and South among other things. Both are good, even if I want to throw something at Margret.

Sherlock is a cool show. I need to finish it 8-D I'm on The Fall

Allons-y!

Juliet said...

that sounds pretty good! I've been reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for the past month. It never takes me this long to get through a book! I'm about halfway done, but had to return it to the library because it couldn't be renewed twice, so now I have to get it put on hold AGAIN, just so I can read the second half and find out what happens!
Juliet

Old Kitty said...

I'm sure I've said this here before but I continue to be on page 11 of War & Peace from erm.. nearly 10 years ago now! LOL!!

Oh but I adore Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina! Take care
x

Romance Reader - Nas said...

Haven't read it so far. I don't know if I will, though!

Currently reading all the blogs I am visiting!

Connie Keller said...

I haven't read any of "the Russians" in awhile because they make me so depressed. :) Right now I'm reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand--very witty!

M Pax said...

I loved Anna Karenina. I named one of my cats Karenina. We call her Nini for short.

Liz said...

Actually, I have read War and Peace. I read it during the summer while I was in college, and I think I read it just so that I could say I read it.

It took forever. And I think the only thing I retained was the whole masculine/feminine last name thing.

Susan Kane said...

I have to confess that I am reading a romance novel, A Beginner's Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch. Every one else talks about grander titles, but my brain is fuzzy these days.

Misha Gericke said...

Mmmm.. I really have to read Anna Karenina soon. Took it out from the library once, but never got around to reading it. :-)

Belle said...

I've never read Anna Karenina. It does sound daunting!

I'm reading, 'God is Closer than You Think.' by John Ortberg. There are some funny lines in it like this one, "I lived for a decade in Chicago, which was founded when a group of people from New York said, 'The crime and the poverty are good, but we'd like it colder.'"

Shelly said...

And he winked at ....awe... sweet,

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I think the front cover image alone would spark an interest to read the book!

Sun Singer said...

This is one of those books I guess I should have read, but never got around to it.

Malcolm

Shallee said...

Despite a degree in English literature, I have never read Tolstoy. *hangs head guiltily* One of these days, I've got to give him a shot.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Here's my teaser: http://danbrownportal.blogspot.com/2012/09/teaser-tuesday.html

mooderino said...

I'm reading Dostoevsky at the moment. Not easy going. Russians! (shakes fist).

mood
Moody Writing

Deborah Walker said...

I read it many years ago, and remember loving it. I'm looking forward to the film version.

And I've read half of War and Peace, my copy came in two volumes. One day I might read the other half.

Emily R. King said...

I made it through this book once. That was enough for me. Lol!

Jai Joshi said...

Anna Karenina does go on and on. You're a determined person to keep going!

Jai

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I have never read this book, but I should thing about joining this blogfest. It's a great way to expose authors to the world.

Krispy said...

I haven't read either Anna or War & Peace. I've been kind of curious about Anna Karenina, so I might read it eventually, but War & Peace is just way too daunting!

The Golden Eagle said...

Elizabeth: Haven't reached that point yet . . . though based on the way the story's going, I expect I'll want to stop. :P

I've never heard of that book before.

Pat: Why not? :)

Cherie: It's a bit of slog.

Jack: There are references to War and Peace in Get Smart?

I want to read Dracula sometime. I think it'd be interesting to read one of the earlier vampire novels.

I love "The Reichenbach Fall"!

Juliet: That's happened to me with library books, too. Take out, return, take out again. LOL.

Old Kitty: I saw pictures of that adaptation while I was looking for the cover. There seem to be a lot of Anna Karenina adaptations!

Romance Reader: I need to visit more blogs . . . Google Reader is full of unread posts.

Connie: LOL. Yeah, I can't say they give me more faith in humanity.

Mary: That's a good name for a cat. :)

Liz: I read some classics for that reason.

It's funny what you remember from books.

Susan: Nothing wrong with reading a romance novel!

Misha: That almost happened to me. But then I started reading it and decided not to return it immediately.

Belle: LOL. That is a funny teaser.

Shelly: Vronsky's an interesting character.

Duncan: I was intrigued by the cover, too. Though I couldn't really make out what it was at first. :P

Malcolm: I wouldn't say it's great, and I'm halfway through it . . .

Shallee: War and Peace is fairly interesting--it has a huge list of characters and is very long, but it has good points.

Duncan: I'll be off to visit your teaser as soon as I can. :)

Mood: Lots of fist-shaking going on here, too. I'd have to agree with Henry James' assessment of Russian novels as "loose baggy monsters".

Deborah: Me, too, oddly enough. It looks/sounds really good.

Emily: I don't think I'll be re-reading Anna Karenina again, either.

Jai: I hate putting down books without finishing them, unless they're really terrible. And then I stick around out of morbid fascination. :P

Michael: It is, definitely. I learn about a lot of new books through Teaser Tuesday.

Krispy: Actually, from what I recall of War and Peace, it was more interesting. More complicated, but Anna Karenina seems a little monotonous right now.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for stopping back to my blog.

Glad you liked my teaser.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews

laughingwolf said...

read that so long ago i've forgotten most of it...

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great teaser. I never read his book, but I got about nine pages in.

....Petty Witter said...

Read by me at school I know just what you mean about this book though maybe I'd appreciate it more now.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Vronsky was such a cad. I read Anna and found it typically tragic as a good Russian novel should be. I'm currently reading The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. I've always meant to read War and Peace. Maybe some day.

Paul Tobin said...

I am impressed at your perseverance, how did you find Quixote? My daughter recently read Madam B and loved it. I liked the teaser.

Anthony said...

I read 'Anna Karenina' as an undergraduate...Ah, but it was long :/....That being said, it was a good read. :)

Catherine Noble said...

I've always wanted to read War and Peace, maybe one day! I've just started reading Victoria Hislop's "The Island" about a leper colony. Nice! :)

Shelley said...

Nice teaser Golden Eagle! I'm actually not reading a book at the moment, just been so busy! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

It's been awhile since I read Russian literature. I read this long ago and my memories are vague.

David P. King said...

Wow! That post really strikes close to home. You know I have this aversion toward horses, right? :)

cleemckenzie said...

I have read Tolstoy's AK. As I recalled I cried a lot. War and Peace is still on the shelf in my library (AKA TV room, but library sounds so much more dignified.) I keep thinking I'll find the time to read it. Maybe when I can't get around as much as I do now and before my eyes go south on me. It's on my Bucket List.

The Golden Eagle said...

Elizabeth: It was a great teaser. :)

Laughingwolf: I don't think I'll be able to keep the details of Anna Karenina in my head for long . . . I know I don't remember much of War and Peace.

Maurice: Thanks!

Petty Witter: Maybe I will when I'm older; right now, I just kind of want it to end. :P

Yvonne: Yup, he is. LOL.

Paul: I'd heard about the book and the library had a copy of it. :)

Glad you enjoyed the teaser!

Anthony: It has interesting points. Just gets kind of monotonous after a few hundred pages.

Catherine: A leper colony? Wow. That's an unusual subject.

Shelley: I totally get that. I've been slacking on reading, too, thanks to being busy with other (important) stuff.

Medeia: This is the second Russian novel I've read, the other being War and Peace.

David: Sorry if I awoke painful memories. I do remember that post of yours about your injury!

Cleemckenzie: I haven't cried yet in Anna Karenina, but I have a sinking feeling one of my favorite characters (or at least one I dislike less than others :P) is gong to die soon . . .

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