Dinner With Anna Karenina

ISBN: 0778322270
ISBN 13: 9780778322276
By: Gloria Goldreich

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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.


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.


I enjoyed the idea of a book club reading classic literature. For some reason, I kept getting the characters names confused --- not sure why. The ending tied things up nicely -- possibly a bit predictable, but fine for a nice read.


this book was okay...i loved the fact that they had a book club and they were so excited to read whatever was put on their plate. The way that they read in their youth reminded me of how I used to read...light from the hallway...flashlight...i thought that their could have been more character development, with some of them...


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.


Story about a group of women in NYC who meet to discuss books and life.


Overall, I actually enjoyed this book. I love reading books about books, so I found that aspect of the novel pleasing. I will admit however, that due to the dull/long-winded/sections where nothing happened, I took much longer to read this book than my usual novel. I rated this so highly because I feel that the author writes very well. I loved the descriptions and just felt myself drawn in. On a side note, I find it odd that the description provided for this book gives the wrong character names... not really sure why! Conclusion: if you liked The Jane Austen Book Club or similar novels, you will enjoy this for light reading.


I like books about women. I like books about books. So it would stand to reason that I liked this novel about a group of fictious women and the books they discussed. And I did...mostly.I liked the wide diversity within the book club. I liked that books were the thread binding these women together as friends. I liked the author's description of the women's good attributes mingled among their many faults. It made the characters real. Finally, I liked Gloria Goldreich's simple prose. It made immersing myself within the book easy.What didn't I like? The overly simple plot could have used some beefing up. I also felt that for such a "lofty and superior bookclub", the actual books were under utilized. I would have liked to see more connection between the books read in bookclub to the characters and their outside lives.

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.


Dinner with Anna Karenina was shelved with other "staff picks" at my public library. So, I decided to let someone else pick my next book and I was not disappointed. I struggled in the beginning to "enjoy" this seemingly mundane literary critique masquerading as a novel. Then I became worried I had stumbled on another book about women, food, horrible husbands, and their books. However, while Dinner with Anna Karenina was all those things, I was draw into the lives of these women. And for me, that is a mark of a good book. If I can't argue, laugh, and cry with the characters I take nothing away from my reading. It is not a bit of light reading, but it is worth a read. I definitely recommend it.


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!


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.


Expected something more literary. This was really just chick lit that mentioned literary fiction.


Bellissimo!!! Avere un gruppo di letturacome quello descritto nel libro è uno deimiei sogni nel cassetto!! =) Alcune partisono un poco ripetitive, però la descrizionedelle riunioni delle protagoniste e dei lorostessi caratteri fanno dimenticare questapiccola pecca.


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.

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