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As Viv Groskop knows from personal experience everything that has ever happened to a person has already happened in the Russian classics from not being sure what to do with your lifeAnnaKarenina to being hopelessly in love with someone who doesn't love you. I absolutely adore this book It charts the author s relationship with Russian language and culture weaving in her memoirs with classic Russian literature She writes so beautifully the book reads like a dream part funny confessional part erudite literary analysis There s also a generous helping of fascinating biographical details about the authors of said Russian classics The author draws you in with her humour and intelligence Her wry but compassionate take on the Russian authors and their characters presents us with lessons for living that are human and life affirming As I got towards the end of the book I found myself missing it in anticipation and had to order War and Peace and Anna Karenina I thoroughly recommend this book

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And her own experiences as a student of Russian to answer the uestion How should you live your life This is a charming and fiercely intelligent book a love letter to Russian literature and an exploration of the answers these writers found to life's uestio. I ve read a couple of previous books by this author and have listened to many of her podcasts I think she is interesting intelligent and empathetic to her topics I ve also dabbled superficially in Russian literature and will go back to it as time allows This book popped by as a suggestion when I was looking for something else and it sounded interestingClassic a book which people praise but don t read a Mark Twain uote starts the book in an amusing wayThe author has chosen 11 pieces of Russian Iiterature which she tells us about touching on her link to the piece and along the way also telling us about her obsession with RussiaI found that there was a lot that I could learn from this book and it expanded my very little knowledge of Russian LiteratureViv Groskop is writing about a subject she knows well and that she clearly loves a lot It s a delight to read about the authors and their work with the most fascinating part being finding about VG herself with each chapter gradually unfolding her interestThe language used makes the book very accessible even making me want to read some of the classics discussed VG is enthusiastic and that is contagious I did feel slightly guilty as I was gaining knowledge of the books without actually reading them but that s research isn t it Whilst reading I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia giving me information about the authors which is always a good thingSome of the authors I d heard of and others I hadn t but it was great to find out about them all After six or so they did start to merge a little but my interest was held by the authors personal story The chapters were structured in a similar way which became formulaic but this didn t retract too muchThe references to her ancestors were very touching and I loved that the process of researching the Russian connection seems to make her very grounded The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy ve read a couple of previous books by this author and have listened to many of her podcasts I think she is interesting intelligent and empathetic to her topics I Complete Amber Sourcebook ve also dabbled superficially in Russian literature and will go back to it as time allows This book popped by as a suggestion when I was looking for something else and it sounded interestingClassic a book which people praise but don t read a Mark Twain uote starts the book in an amusing wayThe author has chosen 11 pieces of Russian Iiterature which she tells us about touching on her link to the piece and along the way also telling us about her obsession with RussiaI found that there was a lot that I could learn from this book and it expanded my Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet very little knowledge of Russian LiteratureViv Groskop is writing about a subject she knows well and that she clearly loves a lot It s a delight to read about the authors and their work with the most fascinating part being finding about VG herself with each chapter gradually unfolding her interestThe language used makes the book Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, very accessible even making me want to read some of the classics discussed VG is enthusiastic and that is contagious I did feel slightly guilty as I was gaining knowledge of the books without actually reading them but that s research isn t it Whilst reading I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia giving me information about the authors which is always a good thingSome of the authors I d heard of and others I hadn t but it was great to find out about them all After six or so they did start to merge a little but my interest was held by the authors personal story The chapters were structured in a similar way which became formulaic but this didn t retract too muchThe references to her ancestors were Detective Wanda Wolfe very touching and I loved that the process of researching the Russian connection seems to make her Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości very grounded

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Back Turgenev's A Month in the Country or being socially anxious about your appearance all of Chekhov's work In The Anna Karenina Fix a sort of literary self help memoir Groskop mines these and other works as well as the lives of their celebrated creators. This book is fabulous and you don t have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate itViv Groskop unilaterally decided she was of Russian origin spoiler alert she s not so became a Russophile to the extent of living there She brilliantly recounts her experiences through the medium of 11 Russian classics using them as a guide to surviving lifeIt s fascinating it s knowledgeable and it s very funny Chapters range from Tolstoy s Anna Karenina How To Know Who You Really Are Or Don t throw yourself under a train to Solzhenitsyn s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich How tp Keep Going When Things Go Wrong Or Don t forget to take your spoon to prison with youShe has wonderful anecdotes about the writers Tolstoy was a vegetarian who had 15 favourite egg dishes which he ate in rotation He only ate cake sour lemon tart when it was a family birthday Groskop wishes she could travel back in time and get him to try a jam doughnut I feel sure he would have written novels The man just needed sugary carbohydratesGogol got religion and wrote to all his friends asking them to list his deficiencies He found this practice so fruitful that he began to write back to his friends listing all their deficiencies in return even though they had not asked him to do thisShe has enormous fun with Russian names Anna Karenina was inspired by a real incident involving an Anna Pirogova which Groskop explains broadly translates as Anna of All the Pies and thinks would have been a brilliant title Boris Pasternak s surname means parsnip and she reckons that no British writer could have won a Nobel prize while being called Mr ParsnipViv herself falls in love with Bogdan Bogdanovich whose name translates as God s Gift Son of God s Gift Her own name is Russified to Vivka but her landlady mishears it as Veepka Little VIP This leads to her being freuently addressed as Vipulenka which translates as Dearest Teeny Tiny Little VIPJust one word of warning this book may persuade you to become a student of Russian literature If you re really opposed to that idea avoid the enticing recommended reading list at the end


5 thoughts on “The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature

  1. says:

    I absolutely adore this book It charts the author's relationship with Russian language and culture weaving in her memoirs with classic Russian literature She writes so beautifully the book reads like a dream part funny confessional part erudite literary analysis There's also a generous helping of fascinating biographical details about the authors of said Russian classics The author draws you in with her humour and intel

  2. says:

    This book is fabulous and you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate itViv Groskop unilaterally decided she was of Russian origin spoiler alert she's not so became a Russophile to the extent of living there She brilliantly recounts her experiences through the medium of 11 Russian classics using them as a guid

  3. says:

    I've read a couple of previous books by this author and have listened to many of her podcasts I think she is interesting intelligent and empathetic to her topics I've also dabbled superficially in Russian literature and wil

  4. says:

    I worried that I would need to have read a lot of Russian literature to enjoy this book but that wasn't the case at all it is a warm and witty book Viv Groskop wears her knowledge very lightly and weaves tales from her time in Russia into chapters on unreuited love the feeling of always being in the wrong place and accepting who yo

  5. says:

    I'd give this six stars just for the line about Russian being a friend you meet by accident and decide to stick with Massively enjoyable both for the literary lessons and capturing the experience of being a language student in Russia in the 1990s I might even try and read Solzhenitsyn again

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