Last week was one of those War and Peace weeks where the plot doesn’t move forward much, but Tolstoy blows us away with the beauty and quality of his…
We’ve been in Part III of Volume II for almost a month — 26 chapters! In many ways, this chunk of text has seen a lot of characters grow up, for better…
Though we’ve encountered Natasha here and there throughout the book, she hasn’t yet played a starring role. Until this last week. The big event, of…
Throughout chapters 6-12, we saw bits and pieces of most of the main characters and what they were up to. Over the course of a couple years everyone has…
This week we read the end of Volume II, Part II and started on Part III. At the end of Part II, Rostov is finding the same disillusionment with Napoleon…
Though the plot didn’t move forward a whole lot this week — that’s bound to happen over the course of 1,200+ pages! — there were still a number of…
This week, for me, the most enjoyable bits of reading centered on Pierre and Andrey as they philosophized about the meaning of life. But first, in…
This week we wrapped up Part I of Volume II with Rostov confessing his debt and elder Rostov paying it off for him without too much of a fight. We then…
This week saw a couple interesting plot twists, another soiree, and a poker game that ended in near-ruin for one of our main characters. Let’s jump…
The big story in this week’s reading, of course, was the duel. But we can’t miss the importance of the opening few chapters of Volume II either. Let’s…
As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its second week of fighting, the relevance of this 155-year-old novel grows and grows, doesn’t it? I’ve heard from a…
This recap was written well before Vladimir Putin, “President” of Russia, unilaterally decided to attack a friendly nation. Putin’s imperialistic…