Tolstoy’s Battle and Peace is over 1,300 pages lengthy. I’ve not learn it. James Wallace Harris recently finished it, and I loved his essay about having learn it. General, he feels the rewards had been well worth the effort. His chief grievance (which appears to be shared by numerous readers) is that it was laborious to maintain observe of all characters.
Battle and Peace wasn’t laborious to learn. Many individuals have requested me about that. Sure, the Russian names are problematic, however I believe it helped that I watched the BBC sequence first, and watched the Russian language Mosfilm version that was launched as 4 movies over two years (1966-1967) whereas I used to be studying the e book. These 4 movies of Battle and Peace are presently obtainable on HBO Max.
My pals additionally ask me if Battle and Peace is value all the difficulty to learn. Once I’ve talked about to people that I used to be studying it, many reacted like I used to be doing one thing yucky. It is truly a beautiful novel, fairly philosophical, however primarily about romances inside massive aristocratic households throughout the Napoleonic Wars. For those who’re a fan of Downton Abbey or Jane Austen, simply think about that sort of story on a a lot larger scale with two epic battles, and the downfall of an emperor thrown in. I loved the warfare components, however I am unsure if most readers will.
By the way in which, it is fairly low cost to strive Battle and Peace because it’s within the public area. Get a free Kindle copy. For those who get hooked preserve studying. I loved studying it and listening to it on audio. My Kindle version let me change backwards and forwards immediately.
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