Reading for Saturday 11/10/08
Just a reminder that if you’re reading the Wordsworth Maude War and Peace you need to read 5.22 and 6.1 together.
For the rest of you, Tolstoy kicks off this chapter with those amazing few paragraphs that jump us over two whole years of Russian history. It’s a bit strange, considering that we’ve been following the events almost in real time so far – but two years it is, and we end up in 1809 with the Russians actually aiding the French to attack Austria . . . a strange world.
But as always – and this is so true – regardless of the world situation, real life rolls on.
Which brings us nicely back to Andrei, who has successfully freed a lot of his serfs and is achieving major reforms – but feels no happiness.
I don’t know how many writers have read the passage about the oak tree – still dead amidst all the trees bursting into spring – and wished that they could have written that passage. It takes us right into Andrei’s soul.
But have you ever felt like that? Around you, life is going on, things seem to be happy – but for you, everything is at a standstill, and there doesn’t feel like much chance of anything. (Reminds me of being a teenager, really.)