I have finally finished Anna Karenina! I cannot believe I actually finished it. I am so glad that I read it, but it definitely does not have a fast-moving plot that makes for an easy read. A few excerpts I enjoyed:
"The familiar details came out: the stag's horns, the bookshelves, the looking-glass, the stove with its ventilator, which had long wanted mending, his father's sofa, a large table, on the table an open book, a broken ash tray, a manuscript book with his handwriting. As he saw all this, there came over him for an instant a doubt of the possibility of arranging the new life, of which he had been dreaming on the road. All these traces of his life seemed to clutch him, and to say to him: "No, you're not going to get away from us, and you're not going to be different, but you're going to be the same as you've always been; with doubts, everlasting dissatisfaction with yourself, vain efforts to amend, and falls, and everlasting expectation of a happiness which you won't get, and which isn't possible for you."
“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
“He was not to blame for having been born with his unbridled temperament and his somehow limited intelligence.”
"Every heart has its skeletons."
~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina