Sunday, December 12, 2004

Anna Karenina...


Shopie Marceau as the beautiful and mysterious Anna in "Anna Karenina"...

The coming of winter always reminds me of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina". Maybe it was Sophie Marceau's unforgettable portrayal of Anna or maybe it was the novel itself that was even more memorable...and somehow, just like this, the arrival of winter always reminds me of "Anna Karenina" and the bare Russian countryside winter landscape that look so cold and harsh with the train passing by...the train, a symbol of the industrial age of Russia...and Anna's gaze so beautifully portrayed by Sophie Marceau...that fearful gaze in her eyes that was a premonition of her tragic end...how ironic that she would die with her body mangled under the passiing train, that very symbol of advancement...and not killed by her divorce to Karenin or her scandalous love affair with Count Vronsky, but killed by the crushing conventions of the time...and the introspective Count Levin came to realize that no matter what kinds of forces that are mysteriously shaping our lives, somewhere out there, there is a god...it's as if the end of Anna's tragedy is the beginning of a revelation for Levin...

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Blogger Mikhail said...

nice site anna karenina is my favorite book also so far im half way through it

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