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War and Peace 2013: Entry 13--Readings Twelve and Thirteen

N.B.: This post will discuss only the events through the end of Book II. Unlike with The Odyssey, the eventual resolution of the story is not necessarily common knowledge, so I will make every attempt to avoid spoilers as we go. Also, there seems to be some weird chapter numbering going on with some editions of the novel, Kindle and otherwise. I've updated the reading schedule to make it clearer where the readings end and will be more than happy to answer any questions if you're confused.

"[Julie] knew that for the Penza estates and Nizhegorod forests she could demand this, and she received what she demanded."

These two readings take place during a time of relative peace in Russia (one of the few over the course of the book), allowing Tolstoy to focus on the subjects of love, marriage, and courtship. It is these sections and storylines that often make me think of War and Peace as a close cousin of Jane Austen's novels--Pride and Prejudice with more snow and furry …

War and Peace 2013: Entry 12--Readings Ten and Eleven

N.B.: This post will discuss only the events through the end of Part 4, Chapter 8 of Book II. Unlike with The Odyssey, the eventual resolution of the story is not necessarily common knowledge, so I will make every attempt to avoid spoilers as we go. Also, there seems to be some weird chapter numbering going on with some editions of the novel, Kindle and otherwise. I've updated the reading schedule to make it clearer where the readings end and will be more than happy to answer any questions if you're confused.

Before we get to the book proper, I'd like to apologize for the delay in posting these updates. I had some personal issues arise that made keeping to the schedule impossible. However, with the eliding of these two readings, we'll be just about back on track, with the next post following a few days after.

"If she goes to her cousin first and then to another lady, she will be my wife," said Prince Andrew to himself, quite to his own surprise, as he watched …