Reading for Saturday, 21 February
And why not have a dream sequence I say? Everything that has built up over the past 10 books, plus the events of the recent Battle of Borodino, all play themselves out in Pierre’s head in this bizarre chapter. The strange thing is that he (and we) almost believe that he had found a good philosophy of life there – if only he hadn’t been woken up.
And then finally at the end, proving again that less can be more, in just a couple of sentences Tolstoy gives us the news about Andrei and Anatole. The good thing about Leo Tolstoy is that he doesn’t kill characters off willy-nilly, so when he does, it’s always got a much stronger effect than you would expect.