I suddenly have quite an interest with Russian aristocracy. Though it is a given that aristocracy interests me as an extension of my fairy-tale fascinations on a prince who will sweep me off my feet (and possibly lead me to the stairwell!), I think I owe it to Ayn Rand‘s We The Living.
For starters, Kira, WTL’s protagonist, was born in a bourgeois family which is forced to adapt to the new communist norm after the Bolshevik Revolution. In the novel, Rand gave short descriptions of the aristocratic life before the Soviet Russia existed. After boring myself in reading her books, I picked up Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina to serve as my cleansing book (I do really need a break from Ayn Rand after all!).
Quite honestly, AK does not hook me basically because it’s long. But then again, I still need to finish this. It is not because of the story, therefore, that keeps me going: It is actually the way the main characters live lavishly. There are great parties, races, dinners with French meals and lavish gowns in the story more enough to distract me from the plot itself. As far as I remember, I am on the part where Anna tells Vronsky that she is pregnant (I did not even remember when they slept together!).
With this whole Russian aristocracy fad I currently have, I came about with the Anastasia story published few weeks ago in Inquirer. Though the article is reeking with fishy-ness as I can point out several fallacies, it is quite interesting how the author describes her Lola Puti. Of course, while reading the article, Journey to the Past plays in my mind. Now, I am waiting for the second part of the series but unfortunately, the writer seems to haven’t finished her articles yet. Bah!
I am also fascinated by how Russians name themselves. DYK that the second name of every Russian came from their father? For example, the second name of Anna’s brother Stepan Arkadyevich Oblonsky came from their father Arkady. Anna’s name would be Anna Arkadyevna Karenina (of course she changed her surname after her marriage). Isn’t that cool?!
All of these makes me want to be a Russian for a day or two. 🙂