What Happened to Anna K.

What Happened to Anna K.[Epub] ❥ What Happened to Anna K. By Irina Reyn – Heartforum.co.uk A mesmerizing debut novel that reimagines Tolstoy s classic tragedy, Anna Karenina, for our timeVivacious thirty seven year old Anna K is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman f A mesmerizing debut novel that reimagines Tolstoy s to Anna eBook ↠ classic tragedy, Anna Karenina, for our timeVivacious thirty seven year old Anna K is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman from her tight knit Russian Jewish immigrant community in Queens But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic, and imperious woman when she meets her cousin Katia Zavurov s boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for What Happened PDF/EPUB ² escape As they begin a reckless affair, Anna enters into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire worldIn nearby Rego Park s Bukharian Jewish community, twenty seven year old pharmacist Lev Gavrilov harbors two secret passions French movies and the lovely Katia Lev s restless longing to test the boundaries of his sheltered life powerfully collides with Anna s But will Lev s quest result in life s affirmation rather than its destruction Exploring Happened to Anna PDF/EPUB ¾ struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.

Irina Reyn is the author of the forthcoming to Anna eBook ↠ novel MOTHER COUNTRY She is also the author of THE IMPERIAL WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED TO ANNA KShe loves to hear from readers Check out her website irinareyn.

What Happened to Anna K. ePUB ì What Happened
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • What Happened to Anna K.
  • Irina Reyn
  • English
  • 27 May 2017
  • 1416558934

10 thoughts on “What Happened to Anna K.

  1. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    In her debut novel, Irina Reyn writes lovely, luminous prose in a gentle, intelligent style What kept me anchored to this story was her eloquent narrative flow her evocative passages and her penetrating look at Russian Jewish immigrant life in Queens What ultimately fizzled and fell short for me was Reyn s rendering of the re imagined Tolstoy classic Rather than the bracing and exuberant experience I had reading Anna Karenina, I felt constricted, claustrophobic, hemmed in by this version I In her debut novel, Irina Reyn writes lovely, luminous prose in a gentle, intelligent style What kept me anchored to this story was her eloquent narrative flow her evocative passages and her penetrating look at Russian Jewish immigrant life in Queens What ultimately fizzled and fell short for me was Reyn s rendering of the re imagined Tolstoy classic Rather than the bracing and exuberant experience I had reading Anna Karenina, I felt constricted, claustrophobic, hemmed in by this version I was grateful that the author did not write an exact parallel to Tolstoy s version however, just knowing that it is a departed remake floated regularly in my mind perhaps that added to why the novel failed for me the continual tugging of 19th century Anna Karenina I had high expectations of a sprawling epic and a passionate, enigmatic Anna manifesting a riveting, heroine s energy Instead, this Anna embodied only the prosaic and pitiable aspects of Anna Karenina Reyn described her very well, giving us an astute psychological portrait of a self absorbed romantic, a harsh critic of others with a tendency to see the world in black and white by her own estimation She was contradictory a feminist, but aspired to live in her romantic 19th century novels Unfortunately, Anna K lacked the inherent drama and tragedy of Tolstoy s Anna Reyn s Anna was static, descending into her madness only by her own limitations and self entrapment Tolstoy s Anna had 19th century s to consider her loneliness was deeply felt, even though she had a hand in her isolation Anna K s behavior, choices, and subsequent desolation often strained credulity Additionally, the story of her marriage was dull She marries for financial security at age 37 because her dreams of a Heathcliff coming along are fading along with her looks Her cynicism is blind sided by a young writer, with whom she starts a lustful affair Euphoria Then cynicism and unhappiness strike again This was not enough to make a novel Anna did not have any interesting eccentricities or experiences to vitalize the story The author did a peerless job of depicting the Russian Jewish immigrant experience in Rego Park, Queens, including the characteristics of the Russian soul Their philosophies, insecurities, and provincialities resonated on every page Reyn had enough nuggets of back story and minor characters to write a rich, rewarding novel beyond this modern day but tired remake She also did an interesting twist to Tolstoy s version of the French influence on 19th century Russian politics Reyn brought in the art of the French film and the impact it had on the character of Lev, another romantic and protagonist of the second narrative He saw through the lens of Godard, Bardot, Irene Jacob, Jean Paul Belmondo Lev, like Anna K, felt special and unique through art and unable to fit in with the sensibilities of most people Paradoxically, he thought that this made himsophisticated, rare life was supposed to mirror art He was a legend in his own mind Fortunately, he eventually emerges from his myopic worldview unlike Anna K Of all the parallel characters in this modern day take on Anna Karenina Anna K, Lev, David, Alexei, Kitty , Anna K was the least appealing or compelling and the most frustrating She went from potentially faceted at the story s beginning to cynical and flat by the story s end while Lev and Kitty became riper She never was a siren, or beguiling, like Tolstoy s Anna I would read another novel by this author, however she is a skillful prose writer I think she will impress mewhen she writes a true original

  2. Jennifer says:

    Where to beginI am an ardent fan of the original Anna Karenina, written by Tolstoy who can deftly balance tragedy and simple beauty without coming off as maudlin or overwrought The idea of bringing Anna into modern day New York was very interesting to me, and I was excited to see how Irena did this It turned out to be a cute book, a quick read, a good book for the time being until something really good turned up Not one of the characters were likeable, they were all horrible twittering d Where to beginI am an ardent fan of the original Anna Karenina, written by Tolstoy who can deftly balance tragedy and simple beauty without coming off as maudlin or overwrought The idea of bringing Anna into modern day New York was very interesting to me, and I was excited to see how Irena did this It turned out to be a cute book, a quick read, a good book for the time being until something really good turned up Not one of the characters were likeable, they were all horrible twittering dopes The Lev character, who was based very loosely on Levin, was a galoot who fancied himself cerebral because he would hide in theaters watching French films for hours at a time, he had no true redeeming qualities I was sort of glad to be finished with the book

  3. Lisa says:

    I read this book primarily because it s being considered for a book fair I ll admit, the cover page intrigued me A tale of a young woman searching for love all the good stuff This book, based on the story of Anna Karenina by Tolstoy is set in modern day NYC with Anna K, a woman of 30 40ish years old I have never read Tolstoy s story so I cannot compare the 2 Although I enjoyed reading about the impact of immigration on Anna and her family, the daily lives of Russian immigrants, and some o I read this book primarily because it s being considered for a book fair I ll admit, the cover page intrigued me A tale of a young woman searching for love all the good stuff This book, based on the story of Anna Karenina by Tolstoy is set in modern day NYC with Anna K, a woman of 30 40ish years old I have never read Tolstoy s story so I cannot compare the 2 Although I enjoyed reading about the impact of immigration on Anna and her family, the daily lives of Russian immigrants, and some of the characters, as the story progressed, I wondered will this ever end Anna K is an interesting enough character but unfortunately, she didn t grow as much as I wanted her to Some might argue and say that the ending was enoughWithout spoiling the ending, I will only say that the rest of the book didn t do enough to reach the ending I would love to know how others feel after reading this book

  4. Cheryl says:

    I enjoyed this book probably as much for its detailed accounting of Russian immigrant life as anything Reyn s prose is rich and fulfilling, but the story of Anna Karenina was always depressing, and it seems evenso when transplanted to modern day New York And Anna herself is not a character that evokes a great deal of sympathy in my soul However, after breezing through the Twilight series, this type of writing was a nice change of pace I would also suggest that anyone too taken with I enjoyed this book probably as much for its detailed accounting of Russian immigrant life as anything Reyn s prose is rich and fulfilling, but the story of Anna Karenina was always depressing, and it seems evenso when transplanted to modern day New York And Anna herself is not a character that evokes a great deal of sympathy in my soul However, after breezing through the Twilight series, this type of writing was a nice change of pace I would also suggest that anyone too taken with the beautiful fantasy world of love in Twilight should read What Happened to Anna K It gives you a bit of a jolt to realize that living in a fantasy world can often have devastating consequences

  5. Ariella says:

    I tried hard to like this one A modern day Anna Karenina sounds like a good read But it wasn t I liked the writing, mostly But the characters were not likeable Not even Anna K So, for some nice sentences and a what sounded like a good plot, it got two stars I wish I had liked it better Oh well.

  6. Krysten Hager says:

    I ended up starting and finishing this book in the same night I had read Anna Karenina, so not like I expected the ending to be that much different, but the story really swept me up It s a modern retelling of the story, but set in the U.S., but with Russian immigrants Very intriguing and worth reading.

  7. Lisa says:

    This is a brilliant transposition of the story of Anna Karenina from Imperial Russia to modern Jewish New York Reyn has kept the essence of the characters and the spirit of the story alive She manages to make the characters sympathetic and easy to understand for modern readers The actual writing is so exquisite that I didn t want to finish this book Clever and beautiful with her curves and dark, wavy hair, Anna K envisions a brilliant future for herself even though she comes from a poor Russ This is a brilliant transposition of the story of Anna Karenina from Imperial Russia to modern Jewish New York Reyn has kept the essence of the characters and the spirit of the story alive She manages to make the characters sympathetic and easy to understand for modern readers The actual writing is so exquisite that I didn t want to finish this book Clever and beautiful with her curves and dark, wavy hair, Anna K envisions a brilliant future for herself even though she comes from a poor Russian immigrant family She dreams of an exciting career in publishing and a lover like Darcy or Heathcliff She wants a future that features searing political essays, powerful lovers and a work of art shaped by the most idiosyncratic emigre mind since Nabokov.When the book begins, Anna is 36 and disillusioned with life and love When she meets the older, wealthy Alexander, she decides that it is time to give up the struggle and accepts his proposal They have a son, Serge, and her parents are overjoyed.When she meets her cousin s boyfriend, David, a younger writer who has similar dreams and actually likes Russian novels, Anna falls hopelessly in love Her feelings lead her into a reckless journey of self destruction.Lev, in this novel, is a Bukharian Jew, who falls in love with Anna s heartbroken cousin, Katia But will their love last the distance when Anna casts her spell over him as well He discovers in Anna someone who shares his interest in classic novels and French movies.This novel, like the original, contrasts ideal love with the reality, and a fantasy world with the real world Anna, Lev, and David are all in danger of wanting the kind of life that they ve read about in books The author writes that When I neared thirty, I realized I was in danger of leading a wholly fictional read delusional life and it was time to take myself in hand This is something that Anna, unfortunately, never does

  8. Rose says:

    Luckily I haven t read Anna Karenina yet so I didn t compare this book to that read it with an open mind without Tolstoy looming over everything I really enjoyed this writer, I think she writes lovely the story was a good one Anna K was unlikable in that her actions were not those you really approve of yet she still possesses the sad quality that makes you feel really bad for her your sympathy takes you till the end with her even as you dislike her choices The author has a way about Luckily I haven t read Anna Karenina yet so I didn t compare this book to that read it with an open mind without Tolstoy looming over everything I really enjoyed this writer, I think she writes lovely the story was a good one Anna K was unlikable in that her actions were not those you really approve of yet she still possesses the sad quality that makes you feel really bad for her your sympathy takes you till the end with her even as you dislike her choices The author has a way about writing of people s unhappiness in a way that makes you connect to it whether you ve felt similar things or not The Lev character surprised me because I started out liking him very much then not liking him much at all Yet like with Anna K there s also a certain amount of sympathy for his plight Both characters seemed trapped by so many things, their circumstances, their families, everyone s expectations most of all, above everything else, their own fantasies on how their lives should be It s where their downfall lies also where the story keeps its heart, the place inside where you want things to be a certain magical, perfect way as opposed to how things really are Without giving the ending away, I saw it coming agreed wholeheartedly with it, it was the only way to end it I will definitely readfrom this author, for a debut novel this was stellar

  9. Michele says:

    Not bad at all The author does some smart things to make some of the Anna Karenina plot fit a modern setting, but the characters lack life and depth Recasting the cavalry officer Vronsky as an adjunct English professor, for example, is just inexplicable Hardly the wealthy, dashing, romantic hero who sweeps Anna Karenina off her feet, here he just seems like some random guy who is temporarilyappealing than her boring husband Likewise, the decision to give solid nice guy Lev ie, Levin Not bad at all The author does some smart things to make some of the Anna Karenina plot fit a modern setting, but the characters lack life and depth Recasting the cavalry officer Vronsky as an adjunct English professor, for example, is just inexplicable Hardly the wealthy, dashing, romantic hero who sweeps Anna Karenina off her feet, here he just seems like some random guy who is temporarilyappealing than her boring husband Likewise, the decision to give solid nice guy Lev ie, Levin an obsession with French movies rings false

  10. Christina says:

    I really enjoyed this book Anna Karenina is one of my all time favorite books and in this novel, Irina Reyn updates the story to contemporary NYC Specifically, this Anna K lives in Rego Park in the Russian Bukharian immigrant community I especially enjoyed the glimpses into this world, a world I actually know something about since I lived in Rego Park for about ten years and knew many Georgian immigrants, plus some Russians and Bukharians.

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