This readalong is hosted by My Friend Amy and Iris on Books. Bloggers are linking up at Amy's site so you check that out for her thoughts as well as for more thoughts. Also it is not too late to join in-grab a copy and get started :) We're going to finish Book I, Part 2 for the end of February.
Amy helpfully provided some questions to get us started so here are my answers!
1) Why are you reading War & Peace?
I love the idea of reading classics but am frequently intimidated by reading them especially ones with the bulk and reputation of War & Peace. A year-long readalong sounded like a very manageable way to tackle this book. I also love getting the insights of other people into classics so that's another bonus.
2) What translation are you reading? Are you reading print, ebook, or audio?
I'm reading Peavar and Volokhonsky's translation in print. I've coveted this particular edition for ages so when I received it for Christmas, it seemed very serendipitous.
3) So far, is it different than you expected or the same?
It's different-I keep finding Tolstoy rather easy to understand (unlike some classic authors). His prose seems more straightforward (how much is owed to the translation though?) than I expected. It is also much harder keeping track of the names than I anticipated-I barely know who anyone is.
4) Do you have a favorite character? (lol just asking--I feel like I barely know these people)
I'm picking Natasha though-she seems very vivacious and I'm pretty sure I've read that she plays a pretty important role. I also am curious to learn more about Pierre (the one who inherited all that money).
5) Do you have any other predictions or expectations for the rest of the book?
I'm really curious to find out who else will die-not because I'm a morbid person. But this is a Russian epic set during war with a huge cast of characters-many more are going to die.
6) What was your favorite part of the first section?
I'm actually going to pick least favorite and it was the letters in French near the end and having to read the footnotes to find out what was going on-it was just so awkward.
7) What do you see as the biggest obstacle to finishing?
I struggled to set out time to read in addition to my other blogging commitments. So for now I'm planning to read one chapter a night for the February section (which looks to be 21 chapters so I'll even finish early and can get started on the March reading). When you break it down like that, it shouldn't be too bad. But that's only if I can keep myself committed.
What did you think? Has anyone read W&P previously?