As it happened, my local library put together what they called the Big Book Club in an effort to tackle books with extraordinary page lengths, starting this summer with Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I registered to get notifications and took a deep breath looking at the reading schedule, which put us at an average of 100 or so pages a week.
But I can’t deny that when Tolstoy got it, he really got it and these War and Peace quotes (as translated by Severe and Volokhonsky) illustrate that. If you’re not up to ascending the mountain that is War and Peace, take a gander at these quotes, and you’ll just about get the gist.
“Natasha fell in love from the moment she entered the ballroom. “ ‘You are young, you are rich, you are educated, my dear sir.
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As always at soirées, she was wearing a gown in the fashion of the time, quite open in front and back. Her bust, which had always looked like marble to Pierre, was now such a short distance from him that he could involuntarily make out with his nearsighted eyes the living loveliness of her shoulders and neck, and so close to his lips that he had only to lean forward a little to touch her.
He sensed the warmth of her body, the smell of her perfume, and the creaking of her corset as she breathed. He saw not her marble beauty, which made one with her gown, he saw and sensed all the loveliness of her body, which was merely covered by clothes.
“ Later wrote that, “coming through a battered building near a well known and dangerous doorway. The significance of this babble seemed to escape the tired company, but to me, it suggested a sudden and radical change in the situation.
Nothing happened, so I stepped into the street, ...” Mark Zeke, Norton: Canada's Epic World War II Battle “The parents of some fellow students in the gifted and talented class owned a bookstore, and when he was about eleven they gave him a copy of J.R.R.
“What we lost sight of is that conducting war is easy, maintaining and organizing the peace is a more daunting task.” Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls “If we examine Lee first upon the art at which he surpassed, we find a curiously dispassionate understanding not just of the technique, but of the place of war in the life of civilized man.
Let us mount with the general the heights above Fredericksburg and hear from him one of the most searching observations ever made. It is contained in a brief remark, so innocent-seeming, yet so disturbing, expressed as he gazed upon the field of slain on that December day.
“Let the borders be outside, not inside.” Abhijit NASCAR, Time to End Democracy: The Meritocratic Manifesto “Sometimes he remembered how he had heard that soldiers in war when entrenched under the enemy's fire, if they have nothing to do, try hard to find some occupation the more easily to bear the danger.
To Pierre all men seemed like those soldiers, seeking refuge from life: some in ambition, some in cards, some in framing laws, some in women, some in toys, some in horses, some in politics, some in sport, some in wine, and some in governmental affairs.