Taking Anna Karenina out of the context of the white page
This is from Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”, considered by many to be the finest novel. This isn’t something I would ever consider trying… the book is gigantic. But I wanted to take the opening sentences out of the context of the white page and rethink them. The first aesthetic idea I had with this was to diminish and delineate the opening sentence from the rest of the text. I guess this is how I see the first page. The first sentence, as insightful as it is, is sort of incongruent with the next sentence (not in substance but in style – he goes from pronouncement to drama with barely a breath). The second sentence is not profound at all, but is very direct and tells you the most important thing you need to know to begin to hear the story (you do not need to read the first sentence to understand the story).
Anyway, I’m not sure what compelled me to do this.