Tolstoy and Me

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A Minnesota woman tries to remedy the hole in her education by reading Tolstoy's War and Peace while living a 21st century life. Thoughtful writing, comical illustrations, and 1200-plus pages of one of the world's best novels.

Located: St Paul, Minnesota
Tags: War and Peace, Tolstoy, Literature, Writing, Russia, History, Napoleon, Reading, Classic

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The Emperor Declares War (Parts X - XV) on Sep 30, 2009 in Drubetskoy, Tolstoy, Vassily, War and Peace, Rostov, Natasha, Napoleon, literature, Russia, Pierre12-year-old Natasha hides in the drawing room and sees Sonya and her brother, Nikolai, kiss.  At her next opportunity she kisses Boris, who is several years older than her. Boris does not return the kiss, but gently says that when she's old...



Strapped to a Bear Who Is Swimming in the River (Parts IV-IX) on Sep 27, 2009 in Tolstoy, bear, War and Peace, Anatole, fiction, Rostov, Napoleon, reading, literature, writing, Russia, PierreThe salon continues. The poor, elderly Princess Drubetskoy wants Prince Vassily to talk to the sovereign on behalf of her son, so he can get a transfer to the guards. There's conversation about Napoleon's recent coronation in Milan. On whose side wi...



We meet Count Kirlych, the beautiful Helene, the fabulous hostess Anna Pavlovna, and More (Parts I-III) on Sep 24, 2009 in Tolstoy, Vassily, War and Peace, fiction, reading, literature, writing, Russia, Pierre, PavlovnaI finally sat down to begin the book on Tuesday evening, September 22.  It's the beginning of autumn, the official start of our hemisphere's darker half-year.  A fitting day to start a long, involved novel, eh?  After reading the fasci...



Blogging, War and Peace on Sep 23, 2009 in Tolstoy, War and Peace, fiction, reading, literature, writing, RussiaEverybody seems to have something to say online these days.  There are political blogs, hair blogs, sewing blogs, growing-baby blogs, you name it.  A woman named Julie blogged about her adventures  with Julia Child's landmark Fren...