And after reminding us that the French weren’t all that great, Tolstoy reminds us that the Russians weren’t so bad after all, as he constructs a defence for why the Russians just let the French go.
I’ll let you read it for yourself, but it makes me wonder whether there is some sort of critical book on War and Peace that goes through and compares Tolstoy with all the historians of the period, etc.
I tried hunting around Google for one and came across this title, with no Amazon reviews (and no wonder, because it’s horrendously expensive).
I also sometimes get a bit wary about knowing too much about the creation of a great piece of art, because sometimes you can analyse all the fun out of something.
But by the same token, how much more do we enjoy the Ring Cycle nowadays because of what we know about motifs, etc? So it could be really interesting.
Anyway, this brings us to the end of Book 14. We have one Book and two Epilogues left to go . . . I’m going to have to give some thought to what I’m going to do with my blog post-Tolstoy . . .