In Russia, yesterday marked the first day of what will be a week-long marathon reading of Leo Tolstoy‘s War and Peace. Coordinated by Fekla Tolstaya, Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter, the event seeks to finish reading the novel’s more than half a million words by the end of the day on Friday, December 11th
As it happens, I'm reading War and Peace now. I started in the spring, stopped for a while in the summer, then picked it up again this fall. I'm 76% of the way through the novel. Napoleon still occupies Moscow and Pierre Bezukhov, the richest man in Russia, has been reduced to eating grilled potatoes. Great stuff.