Posted: Feb 15, 2022 11:41 am
by don't get me started
Kaleid wrote:1. The Five - Hallie Rubenhold
2. The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain - Ian Mortimer
3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Two years of dipping in and out, and I've finally finished this, well, phenomenon, I suppose. Undeniably great, but I don't think I'll be giving it a re-read Any. Time. Soon.

Chapeau :cheers: :clap:

It is indeed an achievement. I read it one mad summer when I was in my early 20's.
Turning over the first page with that great doorstep of pages between thumb and fingers of my right hand...I knew I had set myself a real task.
Like you, I don't reckon it will be on my re-read list anytime soon.

I also remember watching the Russian film version (something like 500 minutes) directed by Sergei Bondarchuk when I was a lad.
Later bought the VHS. Beautiful and moving, epic and spectacular. (The idea of some aristocrat showing up at the battle of Borodino in a whte top hat, just to have a look....!)

Here is a moment from the film that was pure Tolstoy in visual format.