War and Peace

I slowly read the James Wood review of Pevear and Volokhonsky’s new translation of War and Peace. I have read the book every decade of my life since I was 17 except for this one. I must read it again this year and Wood makes me feel the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation is the one I want.

I wonder what it would be like to read the whole of it to V. How many nights would it take? Would my reading make the characters come alive for her? What would her thoughts be about the sweep of history? Years hence, would she see or hear the words War and Peace, see it on a bookshelf, or study somebody reading it and say, yes, my beloved Lynn read me that book on those glorious nights?

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