30 Jan War and Peace Challenge
So I can’t be the only one loving War and Peace on a Sunday night. Apart from the beautiful people in it, the story gives more back than Downton Abbey (sorry if you loved that!) but then really it should. The TV series based on the epic novel by Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the longest novels ever written but one of the best.
We have at least three copies of it in our house, it has been bought for me (and I think I have bought it too) but I have never ever read it. I have tried, really I have, but never got past the first twenty pages or so, but this according to Philip Hensher in the Guardian is where I am going wrong. In an article in the paper last Saturday (which my Mother in Law cut out and sent us) Hensher writes “Many people find the first 100 pages dauntingly full of characters, and only then does it seem to smooth out and become lucid”
He goes on to say “You’ll read War and Peace in 10 Days Maximum”.
So there you have it, the challenge. You will read War and Peace in 10 Days Maximum…. So now I need to decide. Do I stop watching and read the book? Will I spoil the book if I watch much more? The TV series will inevitably be a fraction of the gift the book could be if I make the time to read it, but will I? Given Hensher isn’t a Mother of 3 young girls, a blogger who is never away from social media and someone who has quite a lot of sleep to catch up on, I’m not sure his statement will be true for me, but I love a good challenge….
I’ll let you know. Would you stop watching?