…that is my attempt to get the whole way through ‘War and Peace’ is about to recommence. After I threw down the gauntlet (to read more books that we haven’t read before) earlier in a comment conversation with Jo, I feel as if I should get cracking with my reading. And so it is with great sadness that I’m putting aside ‘The Craic’ by Mark McCrum for a few days (weeks, months?) while I make another attempt at Tolstoy’s, umm, feat of endurance. Seriously, marriages have been shorter than this book.
I’m up to page 175 of my Wordsworth Classics edition (5 for £5 or £1.50 each, according to the sticker on the front cover) but don’t be fooled by the seeming high page number. There are 958 pages in total. 958! I’m sure, at this point, that the only reason it was ever successful in the first place is because noone wanted to admit that they hadn’t made it the whole way through, and so just said it was wonderful to end the conversation! But maybe I’m being unfair. I wouldn’t know, having only made it 18% of the way through the book. Oh bother. I really wish I’d not worked that out now! I’m deliberately not going to work out how many pages are left. I just don’t, at this point, want to know!
So, here I go. I’m off now then. Any minute. Off to sit in bed and read. Upsy daisy. Off I go.
No, I just can’t build up the enthusiasm. Please, someone who has read ‘War and Peace’, please leave an encouraging comment to help me through! I really want to get through it. I even enjoyed a few bits of it the last time I picked it up. I think it’s just the length and the small, small print which is extremely discouraging!
Right. I’m definitely going now. One minute past eleven. Hmm. I’m tired, and I’m taking ‘War and Peace’ to bed with me. I don’t think this will be a very productive night’s reading, but I’ll give it my best shot! Night then! Updates on the W&P progress as and when!