Reading for Saturday, 11 April
Here we have Napoleon showing us how he goes about rearranging a city. With reprints from his public declarations and little snippets of his organisational abilities, Tolstoy gets a bit tongue-in-cheek again.
While there’s very little to indicate that things are going wrong, nonetheless, we get the distinct feeling that no matter what Napoleon does here, he’s not really bringing about the glorious peaceful kingdom that he’s talking about . . .
Most telling moment was when they execute the people “responsible” for the burning of Moscow and then go and burn down Rastoptchin’s home to pay him back . . . That one paragraph probably tells you all you need to know.