54% done with War and Peace

At the halfway point, the tone of the novel shifts. Tolstoy as narrator (though I always imagine the narrator as Russia herself) plays a more prominent role and the feeling of sheltered, dream-like safe society we’d been living in so far is now shattered with Natasha’s decision and the looming war. Everything is uncertain, everyone is agitated and angry, and the book becomes more than a novel – it becomes Russia