Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies : Dawn of the Dreadfuls, I received this copy of Android Karenina after answering a call for bloggers on Facebook. I also saw in this book a chance to read something new. I did not read the classic Anna Karenina. I have been fearful of russian literature because everyone said the names were hard to remember, that plots were complicated. I should have trusted my own judgment instead and trusted that I was intelligent enough to read that book like any other.
The author, Ben H. Winters, has also written Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. By the way.
« As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the much more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These four, yearning for true love, live in a steampunk-inspired 19th century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions alone would be enough to consume them—but when a secret cabal of radical scientific revolutionaries launches an attack on Russian high society’s high-tech lifestyle, our heroes must fight back with all their courage, all their gadgets, and all the power of a sleek new cyborg model like nothing the world has ever seen. » From Quirks website
As usual, tsk, I was amused by this remodeled novel. I find it incredibly funny when zombies are added to Jane Austen and in this case, robots are added to Anna Karenina. I laugh, raise eyebrows, snort and wonder…how different is the remake ? Really ?
Since I haven’t read the original, I searched the original text to compare.
This is a page of Chapter 1_Android so you can compare. It’s marvelous how Mr Winters succeeded in blending the two worlds into one.
Wondering about the Asimov-esque atmosphere and all those robots is what kept me going through the book. The story was unfortunately not what I was hoping. I failed to see why everything was so tragic. Couldn’t Anna have fun, be sexy without crying ? Why hadn’t Kitty just picked her pride up and danced with someone else ? No « He’s Just Not That Into You » in Tolstoy ?
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