I should have known better than to pick this one up, but at least now I can warn the rest of you. This book barely has a plot, the characters are flat and two-dimensional, and their secrets, when revealed, turn out to be not all that interesting after all. Even if reading a book about women using a book club as an excuse to talk about their troubles with relationships, children, etc., is your cup of tea, you can do better. If it's not, Dinner with Anna Karenina won't win you over. Stay away.Cathy
I had high hopes for this book but basically it was just a garden-variety tale of suburban women who may or may not be happy with their marriages and lives. Nothing earth-shattering here.Roberta
Un libro sui libri, di quelli che piacciono a noi lettrici patologiche. Un gruppo di donne a Manhattan che si riunisce periodicamente a casa di una di loro per una cena seguita dall’analisi di un libro. Si passa dall’Anna Karenina di Tolstoj a Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott a Sylvia Plath e ad altri ancora. La preponderanza delle scrittrici donne e delle protagoniste femminili è influenzata dall’abitudine di queste donne di considerare i libri come uno strumento per interpretare le loro realtà, per analizzare sé stesse e la loro vita. Ognuna di loro ha un motivo per rifugiarsi nel santuario della letteratura fin dalla più tenera età, e con il tempo le pagine scritte sono diventate un modo di ritagliare del tempo per sé stesse. Il gruppo di lettura, che per ognuna di loro è l’impegno più importante, ed inderogabile, diventa a volte motivo di un occasionale e moderato fastidio da parte dei compagni o mariti, che si sentono scavalcati od esclusi.Nonostante il titolo un po’ furbetto, questo romanzo merita veramente, sia per le appassionate interpretazioni del gruppo di lettura (che fra le altre cose fornisce molti gradevoli spunti di lettura) sia per le vicende delle protagoniste, che vengono seguite nelle loro vite piene e complicate e il cui approfondimento psicologico è magistrale. E’ un romanzo non solo sull’importanza della lettura, e sulla valenza che essa può assumere, ma anche sui rapporti sentimentali, sul delicato equilibrio nelle coppie e nelle famiglie, un romanzo sull’amicizia ma anche sui rapporti famigliari. Ne emerge un quadro affettuoso di donne forti ed indipendenti (a volte eccessivamente) ma anche fragili e bisognose di rapporti forti, immerse in un mondo metropolitano, lavorativo, affettivo e familiare che a volte esige tanto, troppo da loro, ma che non impedisce a queste lettrici di sapersi analizzare, capire, reinventare.Liz
This was among a number of "book club" novels I set out to read at one point and I thought it was one of the more well done. (Disclaimer: Anna Karenina is one of my favorite novels, so perhaps I was sympathetically predisposed to this book). Anyway, I thought it was an interesting take on the transformative effect of books, showing how individual club members really re-examined their lives and priorities as a result of experiencing an Anna Karenina like moment.Carolyn Durant
What a concept: discuss the story of friends in the context of a book group and the books they are reading. It's a book-lover's dream! Well-written page turner.Liz
I was warned that this wasn't the best book in the world and that was an understatement. This is the WORST book I read in 2009. It was so repetitive, a boring plot, 2D characters, etc. etc. etc. Wow – it was bad. It was so bad that I had to read it completely to fully appreciate it's true crapiness. I try to avoid reading reviews and even the back covers of books, but this book was so unbelievably terrible that about halfway through, I took a good look at the cover in case I was missing something… imagine my surprise to see 'award winning author above Gloria Goldreich's name'! How? Not this book! The book is so bad that the synopsis on the back had 4 out of the 6 characters WRONGLY NAMED. I think the editor and the reviewer didn't even read this book. Wow. It was BAD! Painful! Brutal!Christine Powers
I really enjoyed this book and so I give it four stars for being very compelling story about something I can really relate to. Sometimes I thought it dragged and the author was a little flowery, but not often and for the most part i really enjoyed the bool. It was a very good story about how friendships and books both enhance who we are and help us grow and change. A nice book and a quick enjoyable read.Brielle
Comforting to read about others who love books with a passion. Inspiring recommendations for other books. A little repetitive in the descriptions. But overall enjoyable.Jeannette
My favorite aspect of this book was the book club meetings where 6 women from different backgrounds/perspectives discussed some great literature and a bit about the lives behind the authors: Anna Karenina, The Lottery, Bell Jar, etc. The 6 characters and the dynamic between the women was okay but a bit flat and predictable.Glenna
This was a good book about a woman's book club. You get to know each of the characters back story separate from their book club meetings which is nice. Mostly it is about the meetings, the books they choose and how they are intertwined together. The one strange thing is my copy gave a back description with different names of the women that are actually used in the story???? Overall it was a good, light read.Bookaholic
Dacă e ceva mai rău ca o carte proastă, e o carte proastă care promite, exact cînd eşti gata s-o laşi din mînă, că ar putea fi altceva decît pare. Nu m-am chinuit cu prea multe, dar m-a ros curiozitatea să văd ce-i cu Cină cu Anna Karenina, şi ca să fiu în stare să vă povestesc despre riscurile de a investi în aşa ceva, a trebuit să merg pînă la capăt. De ce m-am apucat s-o citesc, cînd am cît de cît un fler care funcţionează? Păi pentru că am vrut să văd ce face o new-yorkeză dintr-un subiect din care Azar Nafisi a făcut Citind Lolita în Teheran: discuţiile unor femei despre cărţi şi despre propriile vieţi. (continuarea cronicii: http://bookaholic.ro/o-alegere-riscan...)Bobbi Jo
Holidays notwithstanding, this book took me forever to read because I could put it down at anytime. Didn't realize that I just didn't like it and should have stopped. LOL.Dee W.
Well written story about a book group who gets entangled in eachothers lives and problems. Sort of a whiny, well off, Reading Lolita in Tehran. Also- I still hate Tolstoy.Arlene
An interesting book about a group of friends who meet to read and eat!! Sounds like my kind of book club. If you are going on vacation, this would be a good book to take along.Melissa
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. This is the second book that I read by this author, and I found it to be very enjoyable.The characters in this book have depth and I was able to relate to them easily. The only one thing I would have changed was the amount of time spent gossiping about one of the characters' marriage problems. I would have liked to get more story instead. But other than that, it was enjoyable.