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27-01-2003, 19:36:40
I just started this recently, bought a second hand copy from my local charity book shop.

I read Anna Karenina when i was at uni and absolutely loved it, so i'm anticipating a similarly sublime experience at Tolstoy's hands now.

Only 1400-odd pages to go, the war with iraq should be over by the time i finish it :rolleyes:

28-02-2003, 14:55:15
453 pages down. I've only been reading it on my short train journey to and from work so far but it is absolutely fantastic, a real pleasure to read. 'All human life is there' as the saying goes.
I think in a way i'm happy to get thorugh it so slowly because it's so good - It is my travelling companion.

28-02-2003, 15:45:17
I didn't know you could read:confused:

28-02-2003, 15:51:19
you're a spiteful Qweeg aren't you?*


07-03-2003, 11:27:26

07-03-2003, 14:04:33
Qweeg und Frieden

25-03-2003, 22:46:06
Hmmm....two months of reading on the train and i'm half way through. Still absolutely loving it, the quote on the back of the book about tolstoy 'holding up a mirror to the human face' is absolutely true, in particular he is an incredibly astute observer of affected social behaviour.

Only 700 pages to go, looks like my prediction about the war being over by the time i finish will be spot on :)

26-03-2003, 09:26:18
what's it actually about, synopsis please?

26-03-2003, 09:34:41
How about a 3 word synopsis?

War and Peace.

26-03-2003, 10:21:19
in the briefest and vaguest possible sense it is about Russia in the Napoleonic war period

there are so many characters and plotlines there's no point attempting to explain it further than that. As i said in a previous post 'all human life is there'.

26-03-2003, 10:27:37
I think my 3 word synopsis was better but I haven't read it. :D

Can I borrow it in a couple of months when you finish?

26-03-2003, 11:12:20
absolutely - it's divided into two 700 word books so you can borrow book one whenever you want :)

26-03-2003, 11:15:26
700 words took you 2 months to read? Must be a fast train. :cute:

I'll try and remember to ask you next time I see you. Let me know if you want a listen of the new Mad Capsule Markets album btw.

28-03-2003, 15:03:16
You're doing better than my attempt at 'A La Recherche du Temps Perdu'.

03-06-2003, 12:35:04
I finished! Hooray!

After my other posts it hardly seems worth saying again just how brilliant this book is, but it certainly is the greatest novel I've ever read.

Now for something completely different - harry potter :)