Friday, May 16, 2008

diving in


It's May, it is a still, chilly and cloudy gray day. I am anxiously waiting for my Amazon order to arrive, "War and Peace." I have heard about this book my whole life and I have decided it's time. It is time to read it, tackle it, get through it, and hopefully love it. Some pals on a blog have recommended, a note pad and pen to help in keeping all the various people straight, I'll do that.(thank you) The book is 3.8 pounds and 1296 pages. I can't wait to just hold it! I love the feel of a good book.

Here are some reviews on this translation:
“A major new translation . . . [which] brings us the palpability [of Tolstoy’s characters] as perhaps never before. . . . Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s new translation gives us new access to the spirit and order of the book.” —James Wood, The New Yorker

“Shimmering....[it] offers an opportunity to see this great classic afresh, to approach it not as a monument but rather as a deeply touching story about our contradictory human hearts.” —Michael Dirda, Washington Post

3 comments:

Jamie said...

Just take it in small doses until you get acquainted with the characters. Once you fall in love with them, the last 750 pages or so will be a snap ... actually it will be up in the middle of the night reading to find out what happens next (Sorry - flashback to my Tolstoy madness summer as a teenager).

Wikipedia has an excellent overall view of the novel.

unsure about this said...

Thanks Jamie. I just got the book the other day. I take it with me where ever I go, in case I find myself in a situation where I am waiting.

Jamie said...

How are you doing so far?