Forget the Cliff Notes. Thanks to the Oprah Book Club, there’s lots of valuable information on the web about Anna Karenina. Go to www.oprah.com/bookclub to create a free login. In addition to plot points, Q&As and information about Tolstoy, the site offers the attached character list. Perhaps the most valuable resource for me was the audio pronunciation guide of the character’s names.
A word of caution, if I were you I would ignore the paragraph that calls this book the ultimate “harlequin romance”. Remember, Oprah’s trying to tap into the housewife demographic. I’m sure she didn’t really mean it.