51% done with War and Peace


Smartly, Tolstoy knows he can’t go into so much detail that shows the state of confusion the Army is in – too many people, too many new characters. So instead he just tells about it then shows us the confusion of the old Prince. Here we see a great mind gone feeble, a house divided, and it stands in for all of Russia.

It’s been said the novel is SO long, but it’s not one word too long or too short.

Except for the second epilogue; that should have tossed in the bin.