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2/5/13 12:16 A

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Hmmm. Dr. Zhivago. That's a good one to put on the reading list....

1SALMON1, I read War and Peace pretty much at one time, since I had nothing else to do... But Anna Karenina was one of those pick up, put down books. I enjoyed it--but I was reading it around the time I first joined the work force and hadn't quite figured out how to work in reading. (Especially since it was so dense, as you say...) In the end, I read it over about 9 months. Felt like giving birth to an accomplishment! LOL!

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2/4/13 5:23 P

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I've read War and Peace more than once. I always liked Russian literature, starting with Dr. Zhivago. I also read Solzhenitzyn and Dostoevsky. I love the way the Russian characters are always eating and talking. The writing can be very dense, with lots of characters, and lots going on.

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1/15/13 10:37 P

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This is on my 'Someday I have to read that again' list. I read an abridged paperback version - if I remember right it was about 750 pages. (how long is the whole book? What got cut out, I wonder??) But I learned a good trick with this book. I picked it up several times, then put it down. I just couldn't get absorbed in it. The multiple names for the characters confused me for one thing. I was really young, too... So finally I said 'I'm gonna read 100 pages of this book if it kills me. If I still am not interested at that point then forget it." That worked, kept me at it till the characters sorted themselves out & I could follow what was going on. And I have used that same gimmick since. Maybe that better be on my list for this year... thanks for reminding me!



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1/13/13 5:32 P

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I haven't read War & Peace since I was in high school. I read it then because, short of the OED, it was the thickest book I had ever seen (ah pretension). Once I managed to summon enough courage to ask the local bookstore owner to give me a clue as to how the names might be pronounced (thank you and RIP dear Bernie S.), I really got into it - until the ending. I definitely was not sophisticated and most definitely not up to realizing that the ending was an essay - but the shift in style was a huge letdown for me - so I got a big grin out of reading what you had to say, Lisa.

The first time I was ever bed bound for an extended period I read Proust and enjoyed him - but only that one time. War and Peace has never called to me again.

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1/8/13 12:10 P

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I was on bed rest for 9 weeks with my twins, lo, these many moons ago. What better time for War and Peace?

I love Russian lit. I did a concentration in Russian studies in college. I loved this book... until the end, when it turned into a frickin essay. If you can't get your point across in a novel, write the essay to begin with!! I mean, it's not like Dickens can't get his point across--even if you just read one chapter! (Pickwick Papers was also on my reading list back then! LOL!)

OK. 'Nuff ranting. Maybe I should read it again to see if I still feel that way!

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1/8/13 9:42 A

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