Reading for Friday, 3 April
I must admit, this is probably the first time in War and Peace where I would accuse Leo Tolstoy of starting to become a broken record. He’s trying to argue with the history books again, about why the Russian army moved to a particular spot that led them to victory.
I think maybe also the lack of a map was a bit of a drawback here, because I wasn’t really following so well what was located where.
The most interesting thing I found in this chapter, was actually in one of the endnotes, where it mentioned that the reason the French lost the Russian army was because Kutuzov got two regiments to head in a different direction. The French thought they were the tail end of the main army and followed them for quite a long while before realising that they had lost the army.
Either way, I think it sets the scene that the French didn’t know where the Russians were, and that was quite an advantageous thing for them. We shall read on.