53% done with War and Peace


The death of the old prince is the second greatest chapter in the novel. I literally cry when I read this because of how sad it is, how difficult and complicated the emotions are for Maria (and myself), and how straightforward the language is. This is not a ‘beautiful’ chapter, it’s a ‘real’ chapter. This is how we die and this is how those we love feel when we die, even if our relationships were strained.