Reading for Wednesday, 6 May

Hi all! Ironically enough, the reason for my delay in posting on this very brief chapter about death was because of a birth.

Jackson Lee Hodge made his way into the world at 6.20 am Wednesday morning. Here’s a picture here:

Jackson Lee Hodge - born 6 May 2009
Jackson Lee Hodge - born 6 May 2009

So, yes, we’ve all been in a bit of a state of upheaval here for the last few days.

Anyway, Jackson and his mum just came home this morning (Friday), so we’re just getting used to that as well.

So if I’m a bit erratic with the old Tolstoy over the next couple of weeks, you’ll know why.

Anyway, which brings us back to this chapter, which I remember distinctly both from reading it last time and from the film – the death of Karataev.

Even though the description is deliberately vague, it’s the fact that Pierre looks away and keeps walking and thinking about something else that makes this chapter so poignant. The denial is telling enough of the horror of this situation.

In fact, it’s only the dog, at the end of the chapter, that is allowed to express the emotions that everyone else suppresses . . .

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3 thoughts on “One-Year War and Peace 14.14 – A Death Ignored

  1. I would love to go on and on about this chapter, and how chillingly poignant it was – but, even for an obsessive W&P fan such as myself, the birth of a new child will always take precedence. So …

    Congratulations, Matt!!!

    And Congratulations to Rachel and to Shelby. A new life never, ever stops being wonderful, miraculous and immensely beautiful. It never fails to take my breath away. There are few things in this world more sure to bring tears to my eyes than the sight of a newly born child … so it’s wonderful news to hear of Jackson’s arrival in this world – this world which now will in some way, somehow, inevitably be different, now that he is a part of it. That’s an amazing thought, when you stop and ponder it. May you have many, many, many happy times and years ahead as your family grows together!!

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