July 10, 2012

The perfect summer read: Anna Karenina

Keira Knightly as Anna Karenina
"..as she passed close by him, there was something peculiarly caressing and soft. Her shining gray eyes, that look dark from the thick lashes, rested with friendly attention on his face."

Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina 1935
Anna Karenina is the ultimate woman torn between three men story. And reading about the icy Russian winters in St. Petersburg and Moscow while it's hot and stifling we find quite perfect. Aside from the fact that the writing is brilliant (William Faulkner, when asked to name the best three novels of all time, said: Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina) the story will take you to 19th century imperial Russia with a tȇte à tȇte in Venice as well. We love this book.

Keira Knightly will star as the latest woman torn between duty, desire, lust, love, duty, desire..you get the picture. The latest release of the movie Anna Karenina is set to premiere in November of this year. The fashionistas are already scrambling to buy up all the fur hats and fur collars and fur coats they can find (rightly so) We do look awesome in fur.

Sophie Marceau as Anna Karenina 1997
Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina 1948
Greta Garbo was divine, Vivien Leigh was fragile and Sophie Marceau was earthy. Let's see what Ms. Knightly brings to the silver screen (other than a strong jaw and lots of teeth). The previous Anna Karenina's are all worth re-visiting (or visiting for the first time, whatever the case may be) and we really do love fur hats.


N.Scott said...

Holy Crow what a coincidence, I'm currently reading Anna K. Will make it a personal mission to finish by November. Although in Switzerland it probably won't come to theatres until 2014. Good thing it's a timeless classic.

Great writing. My favourite passage so far? "And if you think you're lowering yourself, well, here's the floor, there's the door." HA!

Keira Knightly, huh. I always pictured Anna with better teeth.

Veronika said...

the writing really is brilliant. It's such an easy read. And your fav quote says it all: despite being written in the 1870's it sounds totally fresh and now. Love it. Really. This is my second time reading it. Basically, all great stories need to be read at least twice. Time? Where's the time?

the movie is being released in Germany and France early October so maybe it will open in Switzerland then too.