War and Peace Newbies Tag

Alright, readers-along!  We’re mere weeks away from go time, and I have some questions. Respond in the comments, or, in your own post or video.

Tags are very popular on Booktube, and I even made a video of my own today:

Here are the questions, and my answers:

  1. Have you read (or attempted) War and Peace?

Nope. I’ve owned it for a few years, never even cracked it.

  1. What edition and translation are you reading?

Vintage Pevear & Volokhonsy translation on paper, Maude translation on Kobo.

  1. How much do you know about War and Peace (plot, characters, etc)?

Before I watched the adaptation: nothing! I think it’s bizarre that W&P doesn’t have an iconic quote or character, like other classics. Or, maybe it does, and I live under a rock.

  1. How are you preparing (watching adaptations, background reading, etc.)?

I’m doing a lot more preparation than I usually do. I watched the adaptation a few months ago, to familiarize myself with the characters. Russian classics are notorious for many characters, each of whom have several names. I’m also skimming through Give War and Peace a Chance, which would have been a great name for this read-along, and the diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, to confirm that Leo was indeed a dick.

  1. What do you hope to get out of reading War and Peace?

Checking it off the list (you know, that 1,001 Books list I’ve neglected for the past couple years). Reading pleasure – I usually love these big, meaty classics. And if I don’t, I have snarking rights (I insist on reading a book before I make fun of it.) It’s a win-win.

  1. What are you intimidated by?

The Russian name thing, see #4. Also, the Freemasonry stuff, which I assume is to War and Peace as farming is to Anna Karenina – hundreds of pages of booooooring philosophical asides.

  1. Do you think it’s okay to skip the “war” parts?

No!! I wouldn’t even ask, but I’ve seen it come up a few times in discussions. Just no. If you don’t read all the words, you haven’t read the book.

So. You’re all tagged. Let me know where you’re at with W&P, down in the comments, or make your own post or video.

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I challenge you to do this tag!

 

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14 comments

  1. Melanie Kerr

    Only watched the mini series. That’s it. Don’t know how I will do on actually reading. Made it through Cecilia because it was female author and lead, and also my cup of tea generally. Think this might be more angsty, which just isn’t me. But I will read your summaries with relish! I might even make some relish so I can literally do everything with relish….

  2. rainey

    1. Have you read (or attempted) War and Peace?
    Yes, I read it a long long time ago – 30 years.

    2. What edition and translation are you reading?
    Maude translation on Kindle.

    3. How much do you know about War and Peace (plot, characters, etc)?
    It’s been so long that I don’t remember much about the book

    4. How are you preparing (watching adaptations, background reading, etc.)?
    The Maude Translation has a really good introduction, so I plan on reading that, but that’s it.

    5, What do you hope to get out of reading War and Peace?
    Re-reading classic, along with people looking to enjoy the read along the way.

    6. What are you intimidated by?
    The Russian name thing.

    7. Do you think it’s okay to skip the “war” parts?
    Nope.

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  4. Linda

    I’m in! Got excited after I read Pam’s post at travelinpenguin. Now, I have to get a copy and I think it will be the Penguin Deluxe Classic Edition. I’ve not read this yet, so I’m looking forward to starting!

    • lauratfrey

      Nice! I like the look of that edition. I’m reading Dostoyevsky in chronological order (probably take a break during this read-along though!) and I’m collecting the Penguins for that.

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  6. Rick @ AnotherBook.blog

    Whoops, I forgot to comment here when you posted this. I posted my tag response! Something I quite like so far is how different each of our editions are. I kind of assumed everyone would have the version you have (it seems to be the most readily available one). Kinda cool to see the different old school versions some people have.

    • lauratfrey

      Thanks for reminding me to respond! Yes I’m loving all the editions. This would be a great book to collect. I know people do that for Moby-Dick too, get all the editions they can find.

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