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Why “War and Peace” is so great: An animated film that made me realize I have time for another read-through

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That is via an Open Culture post that is itself very much worth reading. Read it now. And I’ll add that in my experience the sensation is that it is very fast reading because the chapters tend to be short. Also, when you close the book at the end, you have the feeling that the characters are continuing their lives, moving on, as we do, from the shutting of the book, and that in a few years’ time we feel like we might check in and see how things have turned out for them after that time.

Truly a novel to read. I like the Maude translation, but there’s a new one that has gotten praise. If you read it in book form rather than on an ebook-reader like the Kindle or a browser, note that people have better recall of things they’ve read in a book rather than on-screen, and recall is important when you’re reading a novel of that length.

And when you buy the book, get it in hardback: paperbound editions just don’t hold up. A multi-volume hardbound edition in a good translation is ideal—and in fact the Heritage Club publishes War and Peace in a two-volume edition. Maybe that’s the one for this next reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 May 2017 at 12:48 pm

Posted in Books, Video

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