Although Russian critics dismissed the novel on its publication as a "trifling romance of high life", Fyodor Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style", and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written".
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy -Let me preface this by saying that this book drove me mad! I hate the character of Anna, but this is written so lovely with many other fascinating characters, it's worth it. The movie---> blehhh! But it's a different animal.