Well, I hope there’s still more than me reading Book 2 . . .
Actually, to be honest, this is the book where things get difficult. Book 1 is not so hard. You realise that Tolstoy really isn’t that difficult to read after all. There’s lots of intrigue, romance and scandal. Pierre gets his inheritance, etc.
But Book 2 puts us out on the battlefield. There are no women to speak of in this Book. All the intrigue and romance is gone.
And if that’s what you liked about War and Peace so far, you may well find this a drag to read.
I would say – if you’ve enjoyed Tolstoy’s for character – which is what I hoped that I have been able to draw out in some small way in these comments – then you’ll find no problem with Book 2. Tolstoy, whether he’s writing about the ballroom or the battlefield, has the same unerring instinct for how humans behave.
But I guess you’ll get to make your own call on that as we go through Book 2.
In the meantime, another apology – I said way back in an earlier comment that Russia was going to fight with the Prussians against France. I was completely wrong. Ignore that.
Prussia is actually neutral at this point in time, and Russia is, in fact, joining forces with Austria.
I hope – I’m sure it’ll all make sense as we go along.
Now on to Book 2!