* “beginnings” in Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 15, 2007


  • opening sentence … “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” From which we know that this is going to be a story about unhappy families (more than one). 
  • opening scene … Tolstoy starts (p.1) with the Oblonskys, Prince Stepan (Stiva) and Princess Darya (Dolly), who are not the main characters. 

      Q: Are there successful examples in more modern novels of this use of secondary characters to begin the story?


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