Daily Archives: March 20, 2016

64% done with The World of Yesterday

At 36 he’s part of the old set. Youth is in power and only the new and the destruction of the old is worthwhile. Yet look what passion and extremism led to. Is there not something to be said for the classic, Zweig’s way of life? If only the old guard had been more inclusive, it might have fared better. But empathy is always in short supply and those in power like to stay there, no matter their age or politics

74% done with War and Peace


“A system of some sort was killing him—Pierre—depriving him of life, of everything, annihilating him.” This quote holds true today where we live in a world where the moral responsibility of our decisions are removed, where there in no “human element” in our work, we only need to follow the law or the contract and the outcome, no matter how dire for someone else is not our responsibility.

It’s reprehensible

73% done with War and Peace


“These questions, like questions put at trials generally, left the essence of the matter aside, shut out the possibility of that essence’s being revealed, and were designed only to form a channel through which the judges wished the answers of the accused to flow so as to lead to the desired result, namely a conviction.”

Dostoevsky and Kafka will explore this theme in great detail.

73% done with War and Peace


Being selfless means just that: being selfless. Maria, though she worries continually at being a sinner (which, like all of us, she is), acts selflessly, Sonia tries to be selfless but with the idea of being rewarded for it – that is not selfless behavior, it’s selfish and deceitful. Not that Sonia is a bad person, her circumstance of being only a cousin makes her an outsider at home so I do understand her

73% done with War and Peace


Again he doesn’t stop himself from fear of doing the wrong thing socially, he merely goes up to Maria in church and tells her that if Andrei had been killed it would have been announced. He only wishes to comfort her, and that trumps formality. And again, though she is in mourning, he still goes to her with his mother’s letter to tell her Andrei is alive. There is no fake society here, only the real Russian

73% done with War and Peace


“He felt that the being before him was quite different from, and better than, anyone he had met before, and above all better than himself.” I can’t think of a better way to describe the person you love.

“… in her presence he felt quite at ease, and said not at all what he had prepared, but what, quite appropriately, occurred to him at the moment.”

How simply he can explain love, unlike the French.