Anna Karenina

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 08:38 — Carrie

I've been reading 'Anna Karenina' recently, and this particular part stood out to me. I feel like this alot. Actually, it was weird, cause just before I read this part, I was feeling exactly this way about the book. Tongue

"Anna Arkadyevna read and understood, but it was distasteful to her to read, that is, to follow the reflection of other people's lives. She had too great a desire to live herself.
If she read that the heroine of the novel was nursing a sick man, she longed to move with noiseless steps about the room of a sick man; if she read of a member of Parliament making a speech, she longed to be delivering the speech; if she read of how Lady Mary had ridden after the hounds, and had provoked her sister-in-law, and had surprised everyone by her boldness, she too wished to be doing the same. But there was no chance of doing anything; and twisting the smooth paper knife in her little hands, she forced herself to read."


That's how I feel about sports. The book that I picked up Friday night simply reminded me of several friends. It was very entertaining to draw the comparisons.


Why doesn't the whole world decide to read Anna Karenina just because I am? And just because I've been reading it since October and am on part 3... yowzers.

See, now that's the good thing about books. You can do things, in your imagination, that you never could have in real life. Take Agatha Christie's books for example. Would you ever plan an intricate unsolvable murder and carry it out? I hope not. But you can read the books and think "AWESOME!" Or you can, you know, fly on spaceships and shoot aliens. If only you read science fiction...


Or you could blurt out a hurried proposal and get turned down. Agatha Christie books are predictable. Tongue


I love Agatha Christie books... they're some books that don't make me feel like I hate just reading and want to actually be there. Tongue


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