Reading for Sunday, 4 January
A day behind again! Ah well . . . in this very short chapter, which didn’t take me long to read, the nobility all get behind the war effort and agree to help the Tsars. Nobody asks any questions like, “What are you going to do with our men? How well is the war going? Does anyone have the slightest idea what they’re doing?”
And so the war begins. Nobody quite understands what they’re doing, but they know it’s emotional and powerful.
I can’t think of anything to compare this with in my experience. We’re so blase about everything here in Australia, and most of our recent combat experiences that we get involved in (Afghanistan, East Timor, etc.) tend to just cause protests and bitterness, rather than a patriotic rallying of the country.
Are we losing patriotism? Are we more sensible nowadays? Certainly, the patriotism portrayed in this chapter of War and Peace is blind patriotism, which is not necessarily the best way to get into a war.
And congratulations, we’re nine books down on War and Peace. Over halfway there!