12% done with War and Peace

The introduction of Napoleon is fantastic. First we only hear of him through gossip and then through youthful admiration and then we catch a glimpse of his soldiers and now a letter or reprimand! Still no sign of this ‘Corsican Emperor’ but he permeates every page.

Reading this novel is like watching a great painter at work. First you only can see an outline of a scene but stroke by stroke the whole is revealed.

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