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How is War and Peace treating you? Are you finding it a hard slog or racing through it? Or somewhere in between?

I’m loving it so far. I’m finding the battle scenes a little confusing at times and need to reread to work out who’s doing what but I’m getting the hang of it.

It’s not too late to join so come on and become immersed in War and Peace.

If you read only one article this week make it Liking Is For Cowards. Go for What Hurts by Jonathan Franzen.

He is an incredible thinker and writer. Wow.

A sneak peak at Jeffrey Eugenides’ upcoming novel, The Marriage Plot. Looking forward to it. Big fan of Middlesex.

This couldn’t be more off topic really but I had to share it: Style your garage

I would love, love, love one of these for our garage door but as our garage can be seen from a main road as cars come around a bend down a hill it’s perhaps not the best idea to be creating a major double-take distraction for drivers. (But it would look sooooo good.)

Thanks for reading.


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GWAPIRC has begun!

I made a good start on the train commute to work this morning. Bypassed the introduction (Does anyone read introductions?) – straight to the good stuff. It’s good to be back in Tolstoy’s world.

No one describes characters like Tolstoy:

Le charmant Hippolyte was surprising by his extraordinary resemblance to his beautiful sister, but yet more by the fact that in spite of this resemblance he was exceedingly ugly. His features were like his sister’s, but while in her case everything was lit up by a joyous, selfsatisfied, youthful, and constant smile of animation, and by the wonderful classic beauty of her figure, his face on the contrary was dulled by imbecility and a constant expression of sullen self-confidence, while his body was thin and weak. His eyes, nose, and mouth all seemed puckered into a vacant, wearied grimace, and his arms and legs always fell into unnatural positions.

Happy reading.

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Countdown to GWAPIRC

One week and counting until the Great War and Peace International Reading Collective Day 1; the day GWAPIRC members will throw themselves … like a TimTam into a hot cuppa into War and Peace.

Are you as excited as I am?

Let’s get primed with a few War and Peace quotes:

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

“The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…”

Thank you Leo. We do love you.

Grab a copy of War and Peace and come join us for GWAPIRC.

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