To get the scope of what really happened at Borodino and the context of Napoleon’s moral defeat, I was happy to spend some time in Andrew Roberts…
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The Battle of Borodino, which took place on September 7, 1812, was the single bloodiest day of fighting in the entirety of the Napoleonic Wars. With…
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All week Tolstoy has been building up to the Battle of Borodino — one of the major events of the 1812 campaign and a defining event in the novel. Pierre…
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This week’s reading gave us a little bit of everything: some brewing romance between Rostov and Marya, some of Pierre’s search for meaning, some wartime…
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The climax of this week’s reading was the death of old Prince Bolkonsky and Marya’s reaction to that death. In the midst of an encroaching enemy and a…
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What most interested me in this week’s readings were Chapters 4 and 5. They were some of the longest chapters we’ve encountered thus far, which says…
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I love that this week of reading is actually set in early July. It’s just perfect. Throughout the book, Tolstoy’s descriptions of the seasons have been…
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This week we hit a big milestone: we’re halfway through! Congrats on having made it this far if you’ve stayed caught up. If you haven’t, there’s plenty…
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Here in our first week of Volume III, Tolstoy gave us an inside look at his feelings about history, “great men,” and Napoleon specifically. There will…
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Hello everyone! For paid subscribers, I have to give a huge thanks for the support this year! It’s been incredible to see and I can’t say how thankful I…
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When I think about the first time I read War and Peace, almost exactly two years ago, these handful of chapters were among the most memorable of the…
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Natasha was back front and center in this week’s reading. Though she’s been in and out of the storyline, she last stole the show back in week 17 during…
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