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The Anna Karenina Fix
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The Anna Karenina Fix
Life Lessons from Russian Literature
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Anna Karenina Fix written and read by Viv Groskop. A literary self-help memoir about using the Russian Classics to find the answer to life's most important questions. Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn't love you back enough (The Master and Margarita),or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov's work). This is a literary self-help memoir, with examples from the author's own life that reflect the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended, and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip, just like Natasha in War and Peace.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Anna Karenina Fix written and read by Viv Groskop. A literary self-help memoir about using the Russian Classics to find the answer to life's most important questions. Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn't love you back enough (The Master and Margarita),or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov's work). This is a literary self-help memoir, with examples from the author's own life that reflect the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended, and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip, just like Natasha in War and Peace.
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  • Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian (Say Thank You to the Lady and Be More Margot), a crack interviewer (most recently seen on Graham Norton's UK-wide book tour), and an agony aunt for The Pool. She is the author of I Laughed, I Cried (Orion 2013), and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and Mail on Sunday, as well as Front Row, Woman's Hour and Newsnight.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Julia Knippen narrates this audiobook, in which the author shares her views on Russian literature as a window on life. While this is not a new idea, Groskop ties the themes into her own life story. Knippen's narration is good but not outstanding. Her alto voice and Midwestern- sounding accent are suitably expressive, and she moves at a conversational pace. She has the same voice for narrative and quotations and does not attempt a Russian accent for Russian names or words; those who are familiar with the Russian language may even find it grating when Knippen pronounces Russian names and words. After hearing the author's voice in several video productions, this reviewer wishes that Groskop had narrated her own audiobook. M.T.F. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
  • Sara Wheeler, The Spectator Funny and only second best to reading the stuff itself
  • Lionel Shriver A beguiling tasting menu of some of the finest reading experiences of my life. Witty, likeable, and lighthearted, Viv Groskop invites us to embrace the work of these august Russian dead souls as belonging to us all
  • Jennifer Saunders on 'I Laughed, I Cried' Absolutely hilarious
  • Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph Wonderfully entertaining, hilarious. Contains the distilled wisdom of some of the greatest writers who ever lived. Explored with dancing wit, affection and brilliance, this is a passionate, hilarious, joyful love letter to Russian literature.
  • Good Housekeeping What does Tolstoy have in common with Oprah Winfrey? What can Chekhov teach us about body image? In The Anna Karenina Fix, comedian Viv Groskop shows us how to use Russian literature as self-help, with hilarious and eye-opening results
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