Marathon Reading Group Takes On 'Anna Karenina'


By: Andy Alcock
October 15, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A classic novel is coming alive in two languages and three countries.

Florida State softball player Maddie O'Brien is one of 90 people who've signed up to read Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" aloud.

The reading began at FSU's London, England study center Tuesday morning by Skype. Members of the Florence, Italy study program are also reading. Russian scholars and community members will read at FSU's Strozier Library in Russian.

Marathon reading event coordinator, Peggy Wright-Cleveland: "Once people hear beautiful language, they're drawn in. And they're reminded of how important story telling is for themselves and for communities."

This year marks the third FSU marathon reading event. In 2011, Herman Melville's Moby Dick took about 23 hours to read out loud. Last year the group read Dickens' "Bleak House".

Anna Karenina was published originally in the 1870s in serial installments. Coordinator Peggy Wright-Cleveland estimates it will take 36 hours to finish "Anna Karenina"-- this means the reading should wrap up around 10 o'clock Wednesday night.


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