A War & Peace Odyssey [2]

First edition: https://insiderobbie.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/a-war-peace-odyssey/

Part Two: Pages 112 – 200

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This part is definitely the War part of the novel.  Tolstoy is detailing a battle between the Russian and the French army, as well as the diplomacy that comes with it.  At the centre is Prince Andrei, who was introduced in the first part.  He is an interesting character, as Tolstoy in this chapter clearly outlines his faults, but in the first part he was almost shown as a god from the perspective of Pierre.  This part is gripping in its tales of war, however I found some of it quite disorientating.  Not because it is complex in its language, but due to me noticing Tolstoy’s over indulgence.  Many of the chapters in this part seem to be a back and forth between armies and leaders.  It’s fascinating enough, yet it came across as bloated.  Thankfully, in the closing moments of this part, the pace picked up and the building tension was paid off.

What I’m finding is that this book is an easy read, and I think that is diminishing my ability to read between the lines of the narrative.  It presents itself as Tolstoy enjoying himself as he crafts the story together, rather than anything greatly profound.

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