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Did I enjoy the book or just enjoy the fact that I have read it?
on 29 August 2015
Confession: I approached reading this in the same way as a jogger might approach running a marathon. I wanted to see if I could do it. Well I have! Due to my having no knowledge of the time period which it covers I did find it a little hard going at first, however I quickly became comfortable with the characters and events. To me it is a strange mashing together of two distinctly different books, albeit each requiring some input from the other. Peace - I enjoyed the study of Russian upper society at that time. I actually cared about the characters and what would become of them. War - I found the endless repetetive descriptions of military strategy incredibly boring. I found myself not caring about those very same characters I enjoyed in peace when they moved into war pieces. In fact I secretly hoped that they would be lost to the war so that the book could move along more quickly as their musings and observations became tedious. So, did I enjoy the book? Yes. Would I read it again? No. Is it one of the best books ever written? As with all books it depends on the opinion of the individual reading it.