War and Peace Newbies Read-Along | Week Four


Welcome one, welcome all, to the fourth of my weekly progress reports  for War and Peace. You may have seen my previous weekly post summarising my week 3 progress, if not please do pop on over to it to see how it went. And for those who have no idea what I’m going on about at all, you may want to head on over to the blog of the War and Peace Newbies Read-along host Laura from Reading In Bed.

Every week I’m doing a short progress post or wrap-up of my thoughts so far on the book, all very low key, probably in the form of bullet points, and likely not always coherent. So don’t expect eloquence or a comprehensive guide to the novel is what I’m trying to say – at best, my approach is scatter-gun and what catches my eye probably isn’t the most important detail in the text. Expectations lowered accordingly? Ok, then let’s see how Week 4 went, which covered Volume II, Parts I and II of War and Peace…

(Nikolay is forever this puppy ineffectually biting the ear. The cat is everyone else putting up with him.)


Aaaand that’s a wrap on Volume II Parts I and II, folks.

As you might have guessed, at the end of this week I fell behind with the reading schedule which meant rushing to catch up on Sunday evening and also meant that I’m not entirely sure what on earth I just read. But hey, I’m sure it’ll all make sense in the end, right? rIGHT? I’m now moving onto Volume II Parts III and IV so we’ll see what delights the book has in store for me this upcoming week. Overall, I think I’m… (whisper it in case I scare it away) enjoying War and Peace, that’s right folks, it only took like 400 pages but we hit the point where it’s getting fun, long may this feeling last!

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5 responses to “War and Peace Newbies Read-Along | Week Four”

  1. I am continually surprised by how damn readable, funny, and self-deprecating most classics are. Why do we all think they’re stuffy and high-falutin’?

    Interesting take on Dolokhov. I didn’t think Tolstoy was trying to build sympathy, or, at least in my case, it didn’t work. There are lots of assholes out there who loves their moms :)

    Do I need to watch Hot Fuzz as well? Probably!

    “poor baby Nikolay seems surprised to see that illness and death exist.” TOTALLY. Omg Nikolai. I hate him so. But the actor who plays him is so handsome. It’s confusing.


    • I know, right? I think the reason we think they’re high-falutin’ is because a bunch of old professors have told us they are ~serious literature~. Now I know the truth; as observed by Arya below, they’re all just soap operas in disguise.

      I have no idea what Tolstoy’s point with Dolokhov was but I did wonder if I was meant to readjust my perception of him – if it was, it didn’t work, like you said. Actually, now you say that, that reminds me of when guys put a photo of themselves with their mums on dating profiles, as if to prove that they are a Good Guy™.

      Haha, maybe, maybe not. What this readathon has proved is that people just have very different cultural touchstones. It’s probably my fault for being English. :P

      Omg yes, Nikolay constantly confuses me! I’m sure that I would hate him a lot more if it wasn’t for the very cute puppy dog of an actor they have playing him in the miniseries.


    • It’s been something of a revelation to realise that not only is this book actually readable (despite its intimidating size), it’s actually entertaining and funny too. Who would’ve thought it?! ;)

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