Certainly, I tell you 've all been on edge these past two onths, and since I woul be studying for the social work licensing exam tonight, it seems like he perfect time to put an end to your suspense.After all my agonizing and the thoughtful suggestions below about whether I should mutilate my gorgeous hardcover Pevear and Volokhonsky translation in the interest of less hazardous subway toting ....
Your vertebrae will thank you later.Another advantage to getting rid of the Epilogue is that it will hel you from having to read what is conceivably the most deadly dull and deflating ending to a vast and magnificently readable book, ever written.
no, let him get into it finally now, in great detail.Yeah, Tolstoy 's that perfect house guest who crashed on your couch for nearly two months and you 're just thrilled as hell the whole time to have him visiting, because he 's just such a smart and great and interesting and heartfelt guy.
And then yeah, he 's got these ideés fixes about history that are fine, you uess, but it 's thi bit weird how he 's always repeating them and focusing on the same points over and over, and he will corner your roommate 's friend or a classmate you run into at the bakery, or an old lady waiting for bus, to explain yet again why he thinks Napoleon really is n't that great at ALL, yeah, that 's odd, but basically Leo is just super, and you 're thrilled to have him -- even for such an extended visit -- because he alway is so flawless and diverting and nearly truly worth his weight in gold ....
Leo then proceeds to stay up for hours drinking all your expensive scotch and talking your EAR off about his goddamn PHILOSOPHY of HISTORY that you really just could not care LESS about, and he WOULD not leave and let you ge to bed, he keeps TALKING, and it 's BORING, and pparently he thinks your catatonic stare signals rapt interest, because he just keeps on going, explaining, on and on -- He WILL NOT SHUT UP!
But night does carry a special weight because it ha he ast, and when you remember dear Leo, your wonderful houseguest, your affection will not be totally untainted by the memory of his dull, egotistical, coked-out rantings, the night before he left for real.By which I mean to say, the remainde of the ook was totally great!
No, I mean honestl, he ha n't that great.) War and Peace is a terrific date book, because it 's got lots of bloody action and also tons of romance, plus you can find out during the dull parts where Tolstoy 's talking for like twelve pages about various generals and strategies and his nineteenth-centuried out opinions about history.If there 's a standard I value more highly than my long-book-great-ending demand, it 's thi one that I call " Make Me Cry. " I do n't eally hink this book 's that great unless it makes me cry.
I 've cried at really silly movies before, and I used to cry regularly whenever I read the newspaper, which is one reason I stopped.) War and Peace made me cry like a colicky baby that 's been speared with a bayonet, THREE TIMES!
I ca n't guarantee that War and Peace will also make you cry, but I bet if you 're prone to that ort of kin, you 've got a good shot.GOD this book is ood.
That was almost The Wire of 1868: If you like serious character development and plotting that unfolds over a shor eriod of time, you should seriously read this essa.
I certainly did n't remember much about book before I read it, but I feel I remember someone -- Jane Smiley?
hat shoul have been what Tolstoy was trying to describ in his Epilogue, but I have to confess that at thi point, I as n't really listening.Anyway, I adored his book.