Not Everyone Loves War and Peace

27 03 2007


In my enthusiasm for War and Peace, I have neglected to mention that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I enjoyed it so much that, if life weren’t so short, I’d be tempted to go back to the start and read it again from scratch. But not everyone thinks so. The following sample of reviews from Amazon may amuse you, and could serve to temper my boisterous appreciation!

“If you’re a glutton for punishment and have the mental constitution of a banana then I would recommend this book”

“I read this hoping it would be the greatest novel I ever read. How disappointed was I when, 1444 pages later, I concluded it was far too long, far too tedious, and hopelessly amateurish. Admittedly, there are wonderful and forceful sections, such as Prince Nikolai’s visit to a field hospital, but these are outnumbered by sections of seering banality. A thirty-page description of wolf-hunting, anyone?”

“I sometimes read War and Peace in the dull hours of the early morning”

Having said all of that most of the reviews are enormously positive, and if you’re considering taking the plunge and having a go at reading it you’ll find that it is more than rewarding. The overall rating from Amazon is 4.5 out of 5 stars, which I think is prettty telling, given that some of the reviewers above awarded it only 1 star!!

Now, I’m going to have to decide what I should next read in the ‘dull hours of the early morning’!!!

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