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05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
I finished reading "War and Peace" this morning, and I simply can't imagine not having read it now. Whether or not it's the greatest novel ever written; I don't feel qualified to answer; but it's certainly one of the best I've read. I'm in Year 11 (England) now, and I wish there was some way i could persuade whoever is in charge of the National Curriculum to make it compulsory reading in schools. It has so much to teach about life, and I almost feel as if I've lived through the war with Pierre, and the Rostov and Bolkonsky families. One thing truly annoyed me though: Sonya. Are we really meant to accept that she is just one of those people who isn't meant to be happy in life? How can there be that wonderful scene where she meets Nikolai in the barn, and then by the end of the novel he's not only married someone else, but everyone else seems to just hate her? Still, I suppose that must happen in real life. Shame though.