Reading for Wednesday, 8 April
Now we move from the attack that didn’t happen to the attack where everything went wrong. Craziness abounds in this chapter about the shambolic Russian attempt to fight the French.
You get the feeling of Tolstoy, the amused storyteller, relating one tall tale after another about the war. From the regiment that could have captured Murat but chickened out through to the general who got killed in battle just to prove that he wasn’t a coward, the madness of the whole affair and the incompetence of the generals becomes more and more clear.
But what we haven’t seen yet – is what this is doing on the macro scale. All of these little actions are working towards the larger purpose of defeating the French.