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Finally Finished Reading War and Peace

Cover to the English first edition

So I finally finished War and Peace. It took 2 weeks. All I can say is thank God. Well, I actually have more to say of course.

The book ended with “it is… necessary to renounce a freedom that does not exist, and to recognize a dependence of which we are not conscious.” Well fine. But, did I need to read 1,500 pages to get to that?

I understand the book is a historical novel, an extremely looong novel. According to Wikipedia, Tolstoy’s wife had to rewrite the draft 7 times before he was satisfied with it. Wonder if she divorced him? I also wonder if he would have rewritten it 7 times if he had to do the grunt work himself.

What I think Tolstoy was trying to say is that the farther back we look in time, we see how much of our actions as individuals and groups are inevitable. And we are not as free as we think we are.

Anyone who has ever gone grocery shopping with toddlers understands how little freedom we have. As I mentioned in my Nothing to Wear post, I’m sick of my clothes, but I can’t get away with ditching them all. Have to wear something. If for no other reason than I don’t want to stick to the car seat in the 100 degree Texas heat. Getting arrested for nudity would be inconvenient and would totally stress out Mr. Husband. Furthermore, I shudder to think what they would make me wear in jail. Yuck!

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