War & Peace – The Epilogue

I was hoping to get one last picture of Max reading W & P out in the sun, but the camera battery is dead.  Oh well.  So, the Epilogue.  Didn’t care for it the first time around, but I think it might benefit from multiple readings.  Tolstoy not only tells us how things turned out for our major characters, but also his opinion of, well, everything.  He gives lots to think about and maybe I’m just not in place right now where I want to put that much effort into it.  Maybe it’s the glorious sun making me lazy. 

Before I tell you how everything turned out I need to tell you all how awesome Molly is.  Molly of The Bumbles is the best!  I had you guys pick a huge chunk of my reading list this year and you chose War & Peace.  I whined about it and Molly offered to read it with me.  Isn’t she an angel?  I have not been a great partner; my posts have rarely been up on time, but Molly has carried me through.  So, please visit her and see what she has to say on this last post. 

Natasha Rostov is a happily married woman.  She marries Pierre and has lots of kids and takes delight in her family.  She has changed from a spoiled, spirited girl to a woman who cares little about herself or appearance and puts all of her energy into her husband and children.  There is little spark in her now.  She keeps Pierre on a short leash because of her jealousy, but the two have a marriage that seems to work for both of them.  I am disappointed in this final version of Natasha.  I was hoping she would regain her old spirit and fire, but she has become a too content housewife.  She has lost herself in the family.

Princess Maria marries Nikolai after some effort on her part.  The two are surprisingly well suited and I enjoyed reading about their marriage.  They have lots of kids too, but somehow Maria retains Maria and this brings out the best in her husband.  They are clearly in love and Nikolai respects Maria’s intelligence and moral goodness.  Maria ends up in the best place.

Vaska Denisov shows up visiting with both families.  He’s retired but still interested in government and military affairs.  He’s a bachelor and although no mention is made of it I like to think he has a woman somewhere who loves him.

So, there it is.  I will give rating and a complete wrap-up post tomorrow in a review that looks like one.  Don’t worry it will be short.