Dinner with Anna Karenina

Dinner with Anna Karenina And the worst of it is you understand that I can t leave him there are children and I am bound Yet I can t live with him Immediately the words from Anna Karenina take on a significance for the wome

  • Title: Dinner with Anna Karenina
  • Author: Gloria Goldreich
  • ISBN: 9780778322276
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • And the worst of it is, you understand, that I can t leave him there are children, and I am bound Yet I can t live with him Immediately the words from Anna Karenina take on a significance for the women who have gathered over good food and good wine for their first book club meeting of the year These six very different women are not quite friends, not quite stran And the worst of it is, you understand, that I can t leave him there are children, and I am bound Yet I can t live with him Immediately the words from Anna Karenina take on a significance for the women who have gathered over good food and good wine for their first book club meeting of the year These six very different women are not quite friends, not quite strangers but, bonded by their love of literature, they share a deep understanding of one another or so they think On this night they are stunned when the most envied and privileged member of the group announces that she is divorcing her perfect husband for reasons she cannot, will not share That such an idyllic marriage could be so vulnerable mystifies them, leaving them to speculate about what happened and what, in their own imperfect relationships, would constitute the ultimate betrayal Over the course of a year, through cathartic discussions about their favorite novels, they reveal the burdens, bitterness and painful truths they have long been hiding, and in doing so, try to find the courage to open a new chapter in their own lives Written with a refreshing insight, Dinner with Anna Karenina takes an absorbing look at the complex lives and friendships of modern women From their concealed rivalries with each other to their ongoing trials with husbands and lovers, award winning author Gloria Goldreich s lyrical narrative captures their individual voices and struggles, with poignancy, humor and truth.

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    1. I was warned that this wasn't the best book in the world and that was an understatement. This is the WORST book I read in 2009. It was so repetitive, a boring plot, 2D characters, etc. etc. etc. Wow – it was bad. It was so bad that I had to read it completely to fully appreciate it's true crapiness. I try to avoid reading reviews and even the back covers of books, but this book was so unbelievably terrible that about halfway through, I took a good look at the cover in case I was missing someth [...]

    2. Drie sterren is misschien teveel, maar 2 vond ik dan weer te weinig. Teveel herhalingen, te weinig over Anna Karenina, maar toch vlotjes uitgelezen tijdens treinritten naar opleidingsdagen en enkele andere klassiekers leren kennen die ik dan ook wel eens wil lezen. Dus wel OK maar had er meer van verwacht.

    3. I didn’t read Jane Austen’s Book Club, I only watched the movie. Perhaps I wouldn’t have liked that book either, but that movie inspired me to read this book, which I definitely didn’t like. I found it pretentious and self-serving that the characters were constantly guilt-ridden about their curiosity of their friends’ marriage, became more important that the stories of their lives, that they had to state over and over again how much they loved literature and how because they wanted to [...]

    4. Citisem o carte cu subiect similar: Citind Lolita în Teheran de Azar Nafisi care mi s-a părut genială. Și poate că mă așteptam ca această carte să fie măcar o umbră palidă a celeilalte.Dar nu mi-a plăcut aproape deloc. Am terminat-o din inerție-pentru că era ușor de citit nu datorită dificultății și pentru că speram ca măcar ultimele pagini să fie altfel. Pe scurt, 6 femei diferite-cariere și caractere diferite- fac parte dintr-un club de lectură. Focusul e totuși mai m [...]

    5. I love reading books about books and this one was quite good. Six friends get together for regular book club meetings and throughout the year make changes to their own lives based on their reactions to the books they've read and their reactions to what's going on in each other's lives. I thought the author did a really good job creating the book discussions. The book club had read the biographies of the authors as well as their major literary works and each character had a fresh and unique persp [...]

    6. Dacă e ceva mai rău ca o carte proastă, e o carte proastă care promite, exact cînd eşti gata s-o laşi din mînă, că ar putea fi altceva decît pare. Nu m-am chinuit cu prea multe, dar m-a ros curiozitatea să văd ce-i cu Cină cu Anna Karenina, şi ca să fiu în stare să vă povestesc despre riscurile de a investi în aşa ceva, a trebuit să merg pînă la capăt. De ce m-am apucat s-o citesc, cînd am cît de cît un fler care funcţionează? Păi pentru că am vrut să văd ce fac [...]

    7. Can I give it nothing? It was so horrible, I did something that I loathe. I skipped/skimmed pages to the end to see if the question they are asking through out the entire book is ever answered. It's my book pet peeve, where they constantly ask the same question and never answer it in a book, and never just come out and ask the person what they are thinking. Sorry, what a waste of time.

    8. A novel featuring books and book clubs, Dinner with Anna Karenina follows the lives of six women throughout the course of a year as they work their way through literary classics as well as a host of personal problems. Rather than focus on a central character or couple, the novel encompasses the professional and personal lives of each of the six ladies—Trish, Donna, Rita, Cynthia, Jen, and Elizabeth—while chronicling their bimonthly book club dinners and progressively deepening friendships. I [...]

    9. I should have known better than to pick this one up, but at least now I can warn the rest of you. This book barely has a plot, the characters are flat and two-dimensional, and their secrets, when revealed, turn out to be not all that interesting after all. Even if reading a book about women using a book club as an excuse to talk about their troubles with relationships, children, etc is your cup of tea, you can do better. If it's not, Dinner with Anna Karenina won't win you over. Stay away.

    10. I enjoyed this book. Some reviewed it as slow and wordy. It was pretty predictable, but I was interested in the characters, and I don't mind slower stories, so I liked it. I also have read The Jane Austen Book Club and The Friday Night Knitting Club, which are slightly similar to this book. I found that toward the end of this book there is meaning, and it contains some honest/frank examples of friendships between women.

    11. a literary groundhog daywhat might have been a good story at 100 pages was brutally dragged into 360. for all the talk of insightful literary critique, the author gives her own readers no credit to pick up on even the most blatent concepts.

    12. I am puzzled by the angry one star reviews. Dinner with Anna Karenina was a fine story about six female friends who meet once a month in their own private book club. All six are accomplished women in their own rights and all six women also have problems with their spousal (or lack there of) relationships. These issues manage to be mirrored in the book selections and so their stories build. Yes, the characters were fairly two dimensional and the ending was too neatly wrapped up, but so what? It w [...]

    13. Un libro sui libri, di quelli che piacciono a noi lettrici patologiche. Un gruppo di donne a Manhattan che si riunisce periodicamente a casa di una di loro per una cena seguita dall’analisi di un libro. Si passa dall’Anna Karenina di Tolstoj a Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott a Sylvia Plath e ad altri ancora. La preponderanza delle scrittrici donne e delle protagoniste femminili è influenzata dall’abitudine di queste donne di considerare i libri come uno strumento per interpretare le loro [...]

    14. L'unica cosa che non mi piace di questo libro è il titolo. In effetti quando l'ho comprato, quest'estate da una bancarella estiva, ho davvero creduto che leggendolo mi sarei trovata, non so come, seduta al tavolo per una piacevole cena e un'ancora più piacevole chiacchierata con Anna Karenina. Ma questo è molto lontano dalla realtà. Anzi, il problema è che di Anna Karenina se ne parla poco e niente, solo qualche piccolo riferimento qui lì. E questa volta non si tratta di una brutta traduzi [...]

    15. I loved it.  I really enjoyed this one about six women who are friends bonded together with their love of books and  formed a book club.I found myself absorbed in every chapter, and each book discussion, as if I was right there with them.  I loved how they discussed their books and I couldn't get through each chapter fast enough to learn what the next book was going to be read and discussed.  Fortunately for me, each book selected was one that I had already read and it was so interesting to [...]

    16. Six very different women in New York City, all lovers of literature, have formed a monthly book club that has been meeting for several years. At a September meeting after a summer break, Cynthia announces that she is divorcing her husband – that she put him out of the house the night before because she had found out something about him – but she won’t define the problem. As they go through their year of meetings, each woman confronts her own shortcomings and the group learns not only from [...]

    17. I like books about women. I like books about books. So it would stand to reason that I liked this novel about a group of fictious women and the books they discussed. And I did.ly.I liked the wide diversity within the book club. I liked that books were the thread binding these women together as friends. I liked the author's description of the women's good attributes mingled among their many faults. It made the characters real. Finally, I liked Gloria Goldreich's simple prose. It made immersing my [...]

    18. Dinner with Anna Karenina was shelved with other "staff picks" at my public library. So, I decided to let someone else pick my next book and I was not disappointed. I struggled in the beginning to "enjoy" this seemingly mundane literary critique masquerading as a novel. Then I became worried I had stumbled on another book about women, food, horrible husbands, and their books. However, while Dinner with Anna Karenina was all those things, I was draw into the lives of these women. And for me, that [...]

    19. Overall, I actually enjoyed this book. I love reading books about books, so I found that aspect of the novel pleasing. I will admit however, that due to the dull/long-winded/sections where nothing happened, I took much longer to read this book than my usual novel. I rated this so highly because I feel that the author writes very well. I loved the descriptions and just felt myself drawn in. On a side note, I find it odd that the description provided for this book gives the wrong character names n [...]

    20. The title intrigued me right away; I loved Anna Karenina! There was good character development in the first part of the bookd each woman added to the book discussions in a manner indicative of her personality and her insights into each author. The story began to disseminate at about the halfway point and the characters became quite predictable. The author could have been more in-depth in continuing each woman's story and could have added some unexpected twists ( note there was one exception). Ov [...]

    21. I was a little nervous about reading this book after I saw the diversity of stars and comments. I neither loved, nor hated this book. I was very interested in it and have added some of the classics these ladies read to my own reading list in order to better know the discussions at hand. I love to read about people who read and have read other book club stories. This one was pretty middle of the road for me. It was a good commute read and kept me interested but I doubt I would highly recommend it [...]

    22. These girls kept their friendships and lives going over classic novels see friends pushed away, kept in the dark, share food, keep secrets, and love one another for who they authentically are. I'd say this is what keeps great friendships alive. The author shows each of us not to be lead down the grass is greener road, take the journey, you are not alone. Surprise yourself by making your choices pan out. If you did not care for the actual book Anna Karenina I am not sure you will enjoy this book. [...]

    23. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. This is the second book that I read by this author, and I found it to be very enjoyable.The characters in this book have depth and I was able to relate to them easily. The only one thing I would have changed was the amount of time spent gossiping about one of the characters' marriage problems. I would have liked to get more story instead. But other than that, it was enjoyable.

    24. This was among a number of "book club" novels I set out to read at one point and I thought it was one of the more well done. (Disclaimer: Anna Karenina is one of my favorite novels, so perhaps I was sympathetically predisposed to this book). Anyway, I thought it was an interesting take on the transformative effect of books, showing how individual club members really re-examined their lives and priorities as a result of experiencing an Anna Karenina like moment.

    25. I really enjoyed this book and so I give it four stars for being very compelling story about something I can really relate to. Sometimes I thought it dragged and the author was a little flowery, but not often and for the most part i really enjoyed the bool. It was a very good story about how friendships and books both enhance who we are and help us grow and change. A nice book and a quick enjoyable read.

    26. This was a good book about a woman's book club. You get to know each of the characters back story separate from their book club meetings which is nice. Mostly it is about the meetings, the books they choose and how they are intertwined together. The one strange thing is my copy gave a back description with different names of the women that are actually used in the story???? Overall it was a good, light read.

    27. My favorite aspect of this book was the book club meetings where 6 women from different backgrounds/perspectives discussed some great literature and a bit about the lives behind the authors: Anna Karenina, The Lottery, Bell Jar, etc. The 6 characters and the dynamic between the women was okay but a bit flat and predictable.

    28. this book was okayi loved the fact that they had a book club and they were so excited to read whatever was put on their plate. The way that they read in their youth reminded me of how I used to readght from the hallwayflashlighti thought that their could have been more character development, with some of them

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