This week we read a number of short chapters in a row, which for some (myself included) actually throws off the flow a little bit. Because of that, this…
I hope everyone is enjoying diving into the reading of War and Peace! For those who have read it before, the slow pace of only one chapter per day…
In the previous email, I included a link for the New Year’s Eve message I sent out. That was a bad link. So here’s that message one more time for folks…
Hello readers and happy new year! I hope you’re enjoying War and Peace so far—there obviously hasn’t been much reading yet, but those first few chapters…
If you’re a ‘22 reader, you’re welcome to ignore this concluding email for ‘21 readers, but I thought you might be interested in seeing some of my…
I’m going to open today’s email with a little bit of a necessary spoiler: the end of the first epilogue is our final glimpse of the characters we’ve…
“Seven years had passed since the events of 1812.” Right as we enter the epilogue, Tolstoy makes it clear that we’re well into the future. Nikolay and…
A quick note for my free list and 2022 subscribers: you’re getting this email because it’s especially appropriate heading into the holiday season…
After more or less having disappeared from the narrative for a little while, Pierre is again front and center, reunited with Natasha and Marya. This…
In this week’s reading we’re clearly seeing the winding down of the war—there are still skirmishes and retreats happening, but the main action is over…
Before we kick off in 2022, I’ll be sending five free introductory emails to set some context for the book, provide some tips on reading big books in…
Welcome to The Big Read 2022! Reading and discussing the book this year, one chapter per day, has been eye-opening, intellectually stimulating, and…