Thursday, August 20, 2009

War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

Well. This was, of course, long. But, the thing is, I had read another translation many and many a moon ago, and had thought I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if the difference is the translation (and if I have to read it again to figure it out, it may never happen) but I did not enjoy this much.
Pierre is an idiot, Andrei insufferable, Natasha is ok, I guess, Helene and Dolokhov were the only interesting characters, so of course aren't around much, and Nikolai was a swine to do what he did.
Too long, too many rants about philosophy and politics, too detailed with the battles, all in all, not a fun summer read.

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