For those unaware, a new film version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina will be coming out this year, featuring Keira Knightley (the perennial favorite of period movies) and Jude Law (is it just me or did he disappear for a while there?).
And this week, we finally got our first peek:
Not bad, right?
I've never read Anna Karenina—it's one of those huge, brick-like, seemingly impossible kinds of reads in my eyes—but I have always thought I would read it someday. So here's my dilemma:
I want to see this movie when it comes out. But I also, like many readers, prefer to read the book before I see the movie (because the book is almost always better and I'd prefer the story be fresh in its better form). And with the movie set to release in the U.S. this November, the big question is bearing down on me . . .
Do I dare to read Anna Karenina this year?
I would love some advice here. Has anyone out there read Anna Karenina? Or even attempted it? Would you recommend it? Is it as difficult and long as it seems? I need your help!