27% done with War and Peace

I can’t not picture Pierre as anyone other than Sergey Bondarchuk who played him (and directed) the epic Russian film adaptation, Vonya i Mir.

Dolokhov’s complexity is one of the more subtle strokes of genius in this novel. We know he’s a bully, but what we learn of his personal life always strikes me as Tolstoy reminding us that we don’t necessarily know everyone we know.