Holy crap you guys. I did it. There were many times I doubted. But I did it. I finished War and Peace.
I know. I'm insane for even thinking to attempt to read this Russian magnum opus. And I am. But Tolstoy has been on my bucket list of reading for as long as I can remember.
About 8 years ago, I picked up Anna Karenina and after a few months, I finished. It was good, but it took so much out of me to read it that I knew I couldn't pick up Tolstoy's other famous work for a while afterward.
Finally, in February of this year, I decided I was ready. And this weekend I finished it. Almost 9 months later. Granted I was also reading a book every month for book club so I would have to put War and Peace down for a week or so. Which is one reason why it took me so much longer to read it compared to Anna Karenina.
Plus the parts of the book that were about the war or the philosophy of war were so dry and hard for me to get through. Especially as the last 30-40 pages were all philosophy.
But I'm proud of myself for finishing. And I actually remember the characters and what happened to them. Wish I could say the same thing about Anna Karenina.
I don't think I'll be tackling Crime and Punishment. I'm done with Russian literature.