This could be seen as my first foray into classic Russian literature and all in all, I would say it's not a bad introduction. The book is wordy but not callenging. In fact I found the style surprisingly simple. I'm not sure if this was due to the translation I read, or Tolstoy just isn't as daunting as I'd built him up to be! What the book is, is long, but actually it works. You are fully immersed in this world and the pages fly by. I was also surprised at how little Anna Karenina and Vronsky are actually in this book. I found I was more drawn to the story of Levin and Kitty. All in all I was surprised and delighted with this book. Perhaps it won't take me so long to pick up my next Russian classic.