A Journey of 361 Chapters Starts With A Single Page. #WarAndPeace2022 Begins Today!

Today sees the start of a magnificent year-long reading journey: the #WarAndPeace2022 Readalong.

His feelings were those of a man who has found the beginnings of a long-sought happiness.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, Vol 1, Part 2, Ch 9, Trans A Briggs

I have long wished to read this epic masterwork but it had always seemed too daunting. Having discovered in 2021 the delightful concept of reading great classics of literature a chapter a day, I know that this is the year when I will finally achieve my goal of reading what some describe as not only Tolstoy’s finest work, but one of the finest in the whole of global literature.

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Start The Year With A Classic of World Literature!

Happy New Year everyone! I send you my warmest wishes for every happiness in 2022.

For many, like me, one sure route to happiness is through reading. As I have discussed previously on this blog, I gained a huge amount of pleasure in 2021 from reading great works of literature a few pages a day, with the result that I was able to get through books that had seemed too formidable previously. This time last year, I was embarking on a daily read Dante’s The Divine Comedy. I went on to read Quo Vadis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and David Copperfield in the same way. And of course I also hosted the #KaramazovReadalong with my dear friends Becky, and Elisabeth. What a stupendous project that was. I was delighted to find an accessible way to read all these classics.

And so, for 2022, Becky, Elisabeth and I are back with another Readalong adventure. This year, from 5 January to 31 December, we’ll be reading Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace. This has 361 chapters, each only a couple of pages long. So once again, we’ll be taking it day by day and gaining all the benefits of community reading along the way.

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Goodbye Fyodor (for now); Hello Leo #KaramazovReadalong #WarAndPeace2022

From July 27 to 30 October this year, I had the great pleasure of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fyodor Dostoyevsky by reading The Brothers Karamazov via the #KaramazovReadalong hosted jointly with Becky and Elisabeth. Joining in with us were many other friends who took the opportunity to read, or re-read, one of the great works of world literature.

It was an amazing experience. I am quite sure that I would not have got through the book without such a marvellous community of readers to hold hands with. Not that it is difficult to read, far from it. But there is something about such a large book which seems daunting and off-putting. This is why my copy sat sadly unread on my shelf for many years. But the camaraderie, the posting of daily quotes, the discussions about different translations, all contributed to a shared project which was a joy to be part of. I send a huge bundle of thanks to everyone who participated.

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