Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy,  Constance Garnett Once you get past the fact that every character has at least three names by which they are referred throughout the book, it's pretty smooth sailing from there. While it is very wordy, Tolstoy most definitely had a way with words and was quite poetic at times. My edition required that I have a French dictionary and a German translator by my side to translate some of the dialogue, but all in all, it was a good story. It was a great peep into pre-revolutionary Russian aristocratic life.