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Is it good?
Yes go ahead
Is it better than War and Peace?
Hhmm, hard to say. It's certainly better wrapped all around, and there are no boring philosophical paragraphs every three pages, but the situations the characters find themselves in are not as varied as in WaP either. No great battles and far less politics.
Anna Karenine does deliver in the character department however; if you liked WaP characters, you can go blind and read Anna Karenine.
Characters (SPOILERS AHEAD)
Main characters (or rather, those who at least play an active part at some point)
- Stepane Arcadievitch (Stiva; Dolly's wife; Macha's father)
- Dolly (Stiva's wife; Kitty's sister)
- Kitty (Catherine; Dolly's sister; Levine's wife from vol 2 onwards)
- Constantin Levine (Kitty's husband from volume 2 onwards)
- Serge Ivanovitch (Levine's brother??)
- Nicolas (Levine's ill brother)
- Anna Karenine (Arcadievna; Alexis Karenine's wife; Wronsky's unrequited girlfriend; Stiva's brother)
- Alexis Karenine (Anna's official husband; father of Serge (not Ivanovitch))
- Wronsky (Anna's unrequited boyfriend)
- Serge Karenine (Anna's son from Alexis Karenine)
- Macha Arcadievna (Stiva and Dolly's daughter)
- Vassinka (Vassilia; Stiva's annoying 'friend')
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