I was so excited that my joy was not in any way diminished by the assignment that went along with it. We had to read the first hundred pages--50 in the paper-and-ink version, and 50 on a Kindle or similar device. (I actually found it much easier to read this on the Kindle. Perhaps I'll do a separate post about that sometime.)
Seriously, though, what is better than receiving an unexpected Christmas present?
Yes...not a small book.
But a beautiful book. Isn't the cover gorgeous?
It's a new and much-hailed translation, too. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are a couple who work together to produce translations. I am far, far, farrrrrrrrrrr from being a connoisseur of Russian-English translations, but from the examples they gave in the preface, and from what I've read so far, it seems like they really do have something good going on.
Taken in slow, steady chunks, it's a lot more engaging than I expected it to be. These characters are REAL like nothing I've ever encountered... It's pretty intense, actually.
So I've decided that I'm going to read the whole thing this year--I'm getting a head start now, but my goal is to be finished by the end of 2013.
Aaaand this just so happens to fit along perfectly with the
Thoughts at One in the Morning, the 2013 Classics Reading Challenge only has one requirement: read one novel published before 1980 (re-reads allowed). Feel free to join in the fun!
I've left one thing out of this post. I'm rather scared and worried this might be a totally idiotic thing to commit to, because this book is....
with rather small print....
wait for it....
1,215 pages long.
War and Peace, here I come!
PS--The Save-A-Word Saturday theme this week is FREEDOM. So find yourself an old word and come join us!