2021 is the first year of the Big Read; hopefully the first of many. Our first book is Leo Tolstoy’s famous War & Peace. At over 1,300 pages, it’s one of the longer classics you’ll ever encounter, and yet surprisingly readable. It’s easier than Moby Dick
As Tolstoy has done with introducing most parts of the novel, we read seven fairly short chapters this week in which the author seemed to simply and di…
Week 40 Discussion ThreadPost all your thoughts, reactions, questions, hot takes, and more from Week 40 of our War and Peace reading. This week we’re reading Chapters 1-…
This week we finished up Part I of Volume IV, which reached a rather consequential conclusion. In the first few chapters, Pierre finds himself a prison…
Week 39 Discussion ThreadPost all your thoughts, reactions, questions, hot takes, and more from Week 39 of our War and Peace reading. This week we’re reading Chapters 10…
Our reading of Volume IV opens in St. Petersburg, hundreds of miles from Moscow and fully separated from the burning and pillaging happening there. We’…
We are now at about 75% through Tolstoy’s epic novel, first published in English in 1886, almost two decades after its original publication. Interestin…
Week 37 Discussion ThreadThis week we’ll dive into the final chapters, 30-34, of Volume III. My recap next week will likely just cover those chapters, but if you’re read…
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