War & Now Peace

So, Molly and I have finished 1125 pages of War & Peace.  The only thing left is the Epilogue and we’ll tackle that and our wrap-up next week.  This week saw an end to the French occupation of Russia and my guy Vaska Denisov had a little to do with that.  So, I guess I’ll start with him.

One of the more palpable and advantageous deviations from the so-called rules of war is the action of scattered people against people pressed together in a mass.  This kind of action always emerges in a war that acquires a national character.  These actions consist in the fact that, instead of a crowd opposing a crowd, people scatter, attack singly, and flee as soon as large forces attack them, then attack as soon as the opportunity arises.

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Vaska Denisov had his own band of merry men and was very successful at this kind of partisan warfare.  It was because of him and others like him that worked independently and together that the Russians got their country back. 

Prince Andrei is dead, but his death has brought his sister and ex-fiance together as BFF’s.

Princess Maria Bolonsky was the first of the two women to be called out of her grief for her brother and forced to take part in the real world of being in charge of her family’s wealth and responsible for the welfare of her nephew.  As she prepares to go back to Moscow the Rostov’s are dealt a blow and she sticks around to provide her support for Natasha and the family. 

From that day on, a passionate and tender friendship was established between Princess Maria and Natasha such as occurs only between women.

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Maria takes Natasha  to Moscow and encourages her to live life and accept love when she finds it.  Maria shines in her role as best friend.  I’ve never liked her more.  Still waiting to see what the future holds for her in the Epilogue.

Natasha Rostov watched Andrei die, knowing she had wronged him and yet he had forgiven her.  While she was still grieving for Andrei the family received the news that her youngest brother had died in battle.  Natasha was devastated.  Her health became so weak that her family encouraged her to travel to Moscow with Maria to consult doctors there.  In Moscow, the young women grow even closer and it is Maria who is encouraging when Pierre shows up with his heart on his sleeve.  Natasha’s old spark returns when Pierre looks at her with love in his eyes and she is giddy when he expresses a desire to marry her.  It was nice to see the progression in Natasha and although I don’t get the Pierre attraction I’m guessing it has something to do with the way he feels about her.

So, check out Molly’s take on the week and see her cat Tedy with the book.  And thanks for reading along each week!  Are you excited for the finale next Thursday?

10 thoughts on “War & Now Peace

  1. Margot says:

    So I’m guessing that Natasha is going to have the happily-ever-after. Glad Maria was such a classy lady. Can’t wait to see what happens with her.

  2. Bumbles says:

    I found the whole Natasha/Maria frienship fascinating. Such opposites. Bound by their experience with Andrei’s death.

    Natasha has always been drawn to Pierre, for the good soul that he is and the care and support he has always shown for her. He never treated her like a silly or naive little girl – but always as a special person. I think that is why she was able to open up and speak about all of her pain and feelings over Andrei’s death – because Pierre whom she has always trusted allowed her to feel safe in doing so.

    I think Maria is a little jealous that Natasha has found such a connection – one I’m not sure she and Nikolai have on a reciprical level. And she can’t help but feel defensive for her dead brother – Natasha’s recent love of her life.

    Maria and Natasha have both grown so much – having to find their own ways because of how the war turned their sheltered lives upside down.

  3. Janet says:

    What a fine job of covering the essense of the book. You and Molly worked well together. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the finale.

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