Et bien, mes readers-along, si vous n’avez rien de mieux à faire, go to the master post for the read-along schedule and more.
Was I the only one surprised that this wasn’t a “Peace” section, given that Part I was all “Peace”, and part II was all “War”? The rest of the book seems to be mixed in this way. Maybe parts I and II were just Tolstoy easing us in.
Part III was a real mixed bag and I didn’t find a coherent pop culture parallel as I did in Parts I and II. However, I did notice two related themes that came up again and again:
- the futile pursuit of things you can never really have, or at least, you can’t keep (youth, glory, status, beauty) and,
- self-sabotage (marrying someone you know you don’t love, rushing into a battle you know you can’t win, everything Nikolai does).