Thursday, January 7, 2016
I've set myself the goal of reading a chapter a day of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and given that there are 365 chapters in the novel and 365 days in a year, I should hopefully have finally finished the tome on December 31st. I attempted to finish it before my 50th birthday, two years ago, but as the summer progressed, I got mired in the battle scenes and just couldn't do it. I figure I can read a battle scene if it's just a chapter's worth, and the other stuff -- the drama, the characters, the intrigue and romance and cold Russian sexism -- is pretty darn riveting. So watch that little mermaid tail bookmark sink, and if anyone wants to join me, the first seven chapters are short and interesting, so you can catch up by tomorrow.