The One Everyone Lies About: Reading War And Peace

ISBN: 978-0-099-51224-0

Published By Vintage

According to The Guardian, War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy is one of the books people lie about having read. I have never read War and Peace, I have never even tried, although I have never lied about reading it either. It is a book I would like to read, but the task does seem enormous, and it will displace other valuable reading time. Nevertheless, I have decided that 2012 will be the year I read this Russian classic. 

Fortunately, Tolstoy wrote short chapters, and I think a chapter a day or thereabouts will see me get through this enormous tome by the end of the year. Whether I understand any of it is an entirely separate matter. 

I get the impression that whilst the writing is fairly straightforward, no tricky olde worlde language in this one, the vast number of characters and multiple names for the same person is where the difficulty lies. 

I’ll update the blog with progress reports as I go along. If anyone fancies joining me in a War-And-Peace-Read-Along, leave a comment and I’ll send you the reading schedule.  

I think Jeeves would be proud of me – he does approve of an “improving book”.