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It's the first of the month, which means it's time for an update on War and Peace! Per usual, I read this all in about two days because I am bad at planning ahead for these readings. On the bright side, at least I completed it and am still on track. I wrote this ahead of time as I am currently in Hawaii so I don't know if Amy posted any questions but here are my (brief) thoughts on this section.
I was so pleased that we didn't have any "war" sections this time, getting to spend many more pages with our female characters although not really enough for my taste. I really don't like the way Tolstoy has drawn most of the ladies. In fact, I don't think I like the sound of any of these women although I desperately want to like Natasha.
As for other, less satisfactory scenes, there is a fox hunt. Firstly I find fox hunting disgusting so while I know that the aristocracy does it, I loathe it. Secondly I found all the movement very confusing. It reminded me of the war sections and that's another reason for my disliking it.
It has been suggested to sit back and let the story flow over me and I am definitely doing that. I am not stressing about all of the characters and their eventual outcomes but am trying to relish the panoramic story even though it stubbornly resists my efforts to treat it like I'm used to treating a novel.
Next month is the halfway point! We are completing Volume II, Part 5.