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  1. says:

    I had really been looking forward to this book and although I enjoyed it and learned a lot about Russian literature I didn't love it I

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    ★★★✰✰ 3 stars“Russian literature deserves love letters written by total idiots For too long it has

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    An immensely delightful memoir cum literary critiue cum biography cum soul searching journal focusing on the author's lifelong love for Russian literature You know those crushingly thick tomes they made us read in school for the purpose I susp

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    This is one of those books that I want to buy 10 copies of and give to all my friends I had a huge phase with Russian cla

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    I heard of this book thanks to the Spectator books podcast The Spectator's literary editor Sam Leith is a wonderfully nerdy

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    All these Literature majors everywhere and Viv Groskop is the first to publish this slant on analysis interpretation? Probably not but it's the first one I've ever read that does the widescreen and the minutia views played through

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    I discovered Viv Groskop's 'The Anna Karenina Fix Life Lessons from Russian Literature' while browsing in the bookshop and couldn't resist getting it I thought it was time to read it now Viv Groskop's book has eleven essays on Russian classics In each of the essays Groskop picks one Russian classic discusses the plot and the char

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    The Anna Karenina Fix is a collection of essays where Viv Groskop leads you into a journey of how to navigate Russian literature Interspersed amongst them are anecdotes of Groskop’s own transformation into a Russophile As an Englishwoman through and through Groskop talks about finding meaning in Russian culture that she found lacking in her own An intense desire to be as Russian as possible she has both studied the la

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    via my blog 'More instances of unreuited love are added to the mix so that in the end it’s a merry go round of people sighing over people looking the other way' I didn’t think this book would be so much fun let’s face

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    Terrific book Very informative entertaining funny and enjoyable I loved Viv's humor and learning about a batch of diverse super serious Russian

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With examples from the author's own life that reflect the lessons of literature only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip just like Natasha in War and Peace. The Anna Karenina Fix is a collection of essays where Viv Groskop leads you into a journey of how to navigate Russian literature Interspersed amongst them are anecdotes of Groskop s own transformation into a Russophile As an Englishwoman through and through Groskop talks about finding meaning in Russian culture that she found lacking in her own An intense desire to be as Russian as possible she has both studied the language for years and lived in Russia in order to connect with this uniue Eurasian civilization that has produced some of the most renowned works of artHaving read most of the well known Russian classics I thought this collection was such an entertaining read that combined the experience of amateur literary criticism and a casual fangirl chat with a friend Groskop and myself could not be any different from each other but her manner of conversing with Russian texts is a delight to read Even our approaches to Russian literature greatly differ For instance Groskop states that due to its length War and Peace is a novel she was put off by for the longest time But personally whilst War and Peace always lingered in the back of my mind and I was never sure if I would read it I found myself completely enthralled and never struggled with it once I beganHowever through our mutual love of Russian literature there were also multiple instances where I could complete relate to her Her appreciation for Alexander Pushkin alone makes me feel a little hopeful for the literary worldIf you enjoy a good discussion on Russian literature you must read this I know she meant it for readers who haven t read the books she mentions but I enjoyed it because I had read the novels she talked aboutAfter this I am also reminded that I have yet to read Doctor Zhivago a novel I m fairly certain I won t like but must read nonetheless since I feel like a charlatan not having done so

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Karenina Fix PDFEPUB #10003 Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature As she knows from personal The Anna ePUB #192 experience everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels from not being Anna Karenina Fix ePUB #180 sure. 3 stars Russian literature deserves love letters written by total idiots For too long it has belonged to very clever people who want to keep it to themselves Although The Anna Karenina Fix is certainly written in an engaging style Viv Groskop s humour which mostly consists in her use of a forcedly comedic light tone when discussing serious subjects lessened my overall reading experienceIn her introduction Groskop writes that But first an important disclaimer This is not an intellectual book It is not a work of primary research It is not an academic thesis on Russian literature It s not supposed to be the last word in interpreting Russian literature Instead it s a guide to surviving life using some of the clues left in these great classics It s an exploration of the answers these writers found to life s uestions big and small And it s a love letter to some favourite books which at one point helped me to find my identity and buoyed me up when I lost it again which is fair enough However I don t entirely agree with her claim that when reading a book However you get it you ve got it right Of course different people will have different opinions or impressions of a book s subjects and themes but the way she phrases struck me as both vaguely patronising and euivocal Groskop interweaves her own personal experiences when discussing her chosen authors and their work The parallels she draws between herself and these writers seemed for the most part fitting She doesn t paint herself as the hero or heroine of the anecdotes she writes of and uses a self deprecating sort of humour to make light of her struggles to reconcile herself with a culture that is not her own By drawing on her time as a student in Russia and by examining her relationship to the Russian language Russian traditions and Russian people Groskop does present us with an intimate and compelling depiction of this country Complementing her outsider perspective of Russia are the biographies of various Russian authors While she sprinkles uite a few fun anecdotes from their lives she seems to focus on their individual relationships to Russian and the values that emerge from their works which as she remarks can go at odds to their own way of lifeReaders who have only read a few of these Russian authors for example I ve only read Tolstoy Bulgakov and Dostoevsky might find The Anna Karenina Fix entertaining than those who are already well acuainted with these classics of the Russian literature Had I been better versed in the works and lives of these writers I m not sure I would have found The Anna Karenina Fix very informative or insightful As it is Groskop did spark my interest in the works of Gogol Akhmatova and Turgenev Part of me wishes that Groskop had not revolved her analysisdiscussions of these books on these novels alleged life lessons The self help aspect of The Anna Karenina Fix seemed a bit unnecessary In a certain way Groskop seems to be moralising these books in a way that almost goes against her initial claims that these books can be appreciated without attributing to them clever messages and such thingsThe life lessons themselves were rather obvious Anna Karenina life is essentially unknowable Eugene Onegin Avoid hubris Stay humble Keep an eye out for self defeating behaviours Don t duel From chapter six she also begins to talk in terms of hedgehogs and foxes from Isaiah Berlin s essay titled The Hedgehog and the Fox which didn t strike me as being an incredibly profound analogy and she returns to this hedgehogfox problem time and againGroskop s humour was very hit or miss At times her digressions which usually appeared in brackets were spot on funny For the most part however these asides seemed out of place and forced I am not saying that Tolstoy is Oprah Winfrey with a beard Well I am saying that a bit And in any case it s just fun to think of the two of them together Also this happens to be the second self proclaimed work of light unpretentious criticism that mentions popular culture one too many times I am so sick and tired of the Kardashians At times she seems to play into this role of amateur critic when in actuality she happens to have two university degrees in Russian and can speak fluent Russian Lastly her constant digs against Nabokov were childish We get it the man was punctilious and big headedcan we move onAll in all I would recommend this only to those who are thinking of reading Russian literature but have yet to read the classics as The Anna Karenina Fix makes for a readable and uick introduction to prominent Russian authorsRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads

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What to do with your life Anna Karenina to being in love with someone who doesn't Anna Karenina Fix Life Lessons PDF love you back enough A Month in the Country by Turgenev or being socially anxious about your appearance all of Chekhov's work This is a literary self help memoir. All these Literature majors everywhere and Viv Groskop is the first to publish this slant on analysis interpretation Probably not but it s the first one I ve ever read that does the widescreen and the minutia views played through the camera of her own individual student memoir lens of studying Russian literature IN Russia speaking Russian and trying to BE Russian Only in that way that a naive 18 to 20 year old in the turmoil of unreuited love could too She thinks her name has to be Russian despite the entire portfolio of unknowns from her recorded paternal ancestry And Russian classics literature being what it is Well it s in my soul I must go to join them And speak and know and think in RussianBut that s just the hook of her story There s far far here and there It s enchanting and entertainment delight And full of uotes facts and the intersects filled with piercing literature light beams Some of the windows Tolstoy Gogol Chekhov Dostoevsky Turgenov Pasternak Bulgakov Pushkin Anna Akhmatova you will learn if they are hedgehogs or foxes I m a born hedgehog just like Dostoevsky And where that What s it all about Alfie uestion moves though their works and how that applies in our present and always now human lives Difficult emotional and bizarre all around And with their uniuely Russian SOUL realities The soul that reacts In all the human schism of duality self immolation crisis duplicitous schemes avarice revenge and of course the duelsThe facts of their biographies are included So many short lived and of their interact with each other It s all superb A most excellent read I wanted to give it 5 stars For me it was 45 stars But because of the patronomyics and other let s learn these features first intros and backgrounds I found that the shortest of this is STILL beyond difficult It s not that we other not Russian don t get all the translations nuances but that it is just so extremely DIFFICULT in layers of complexities This reading experience giggles for all savvy successful humor and asides STILL difficult This short book took me at least 3 times longer to read than a non fiction strongly defined science book of twice the lengthWhy tackle it I can only guess that if you ll try you ll love it If you have read the Russians maybe by 12 of these authors would enhance her tale I have read about 34ths of all she compacts to survey here and if you ll have patience Crazy dichotomies beyond unbelievable diets class and religious big ideas of obsession or bizarre manners love of every kind hate just as evident too and never forget the unreuited and those entirely stricken with sickness under persecution death in every form And nearly all entirely in the 19th and 20th century mindsets of Russian soul s expressionEven if you haven t gotten to Solzhenitsyn yet give it a college try Most uniue and enjoyable book for the last 2 years in non fiction for me despite the 4 star rating Never perfect her politico and philosophy eyes are SO varied from mine especially in what she believes are the big ideas and how she draws the lines of category but humor passion failure hypocrisy your name IS RussianThe chapter titles uotes asides and introduction lines are 5 star stupendous And there is an excellent reference and reading suggestions portion at the end Here appears the last and one of the best chapter titlesHow To Know What Matters in LifeWar and Peace by Lev TolstoyOr Don t Try to Kill NapoleonWe thought it was the end of the world but it turned out for the best