War And Peace Volume III

War And Peace – Volume III This Volume leaps ahead a few years, with war once again threatening Russia, war again induced by Napoleon. Tolstoy begins with an overview of the lead-up to this war, and he starts an on-and-off philosophical aside on the nature of historical events. This is the beginning of a non-too-subtle […]

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War And Peace – Volume II

This Volume begins as the first ended, with Rostov recuperating from near-fatal battle wounds. With his return home, we continue to gain a deeper sense of the Rostov family, its social habits and financial predicament. For the most part, the Rostovs are happy, gregarious, and down to earth. However, father Count Nokolai Andréich, is slowly […]

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War And Peace – Volume I

Before chronicling this Volume, an historical note is in order. The Russian mindset has never quite fit that of Europe, nor has it dovetailed to any significant degree with the cultural development of Asia and the Middle East. Even though its national and cultural evolution as a nation-state did follow that of Europe, it took […]

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War And Peace Intro

As promised, this week will kick off a somewhat detailed look at War And Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, this version a translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. To make sense of such a long and complex work, I suppose I should begin with something of a roadmap. First, the book is organized in four […]

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Coming Attractions

I'm currently hip deep in the new translation of War and Peace I've written about previously. As I've been reading, it occurred that it'd be fun to assay the book in segments, say, every couple of hundred pages. So over the next month or so, I'll report back weekly my reflections on this famous piece […]

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Mark Twain – A Life, by Ron Powers

This is a magnificent book. To hear one say such a thing might conjure a case of hives and memories of Mel Allen’s “How about that!” following one of Mickey Mantle’s tape-measure home runs, or Harry Caray’s “It could be..it might be…it is!” following anything interesting the seventies St. Louis baseball Cardinals might have done. […]

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