34% done with War and Peace

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This is the funniest chapter of the book, not because of any slapstick, but because of how cynical Tolstoy is towards that class of people who do everything like everyone else: the middle class. If Don DeLillo were a 19th century Russian author, he’d have written this chapter.

These people make nothing new, they follow in a path already well trodden. Meanwhile Napoleon is making very new roads.