Sunday, January 30, 2011
A peace treaty is signed between the sovereign and Napoleon, so the focus shifts to society in Petersburg and Moscow for most of Volume II. The happenings in society are filled with drama! There is a duel. My first ever to read about and it was pretty exciting! There are also secret engagements, broken promises, an induction into the free masons (random!), thwarted attempts at elopement, and even an attempted suicide.
I'm grateful that I didn't live during this time period where the decision to marry involved so many outside factors. It's sad that there are couples forced apart because the match is deemed beneath one of the families. Wealth, and lack thereof, plays an important role in forming marriages. Those seeking after the wealth feign love and interest in their partner, and that never ends well. It seems that a marriage based on mutual love is very rare.
So many loose ends right now. Most of the marriageable individuals fates are still dangling and I'm curious to see how it all plays out. Tolstoy is sure filling this novel with twists and turns that I don't always see coming. Off to start Volume III!
On a completely unrelated note, I finished The Corrections last week and I came across a passage that made me chuckle. One of the characters was taking a lunch break at work and she happened to be reading War and Peace. She mentioned that she was too embarrassed to read it in public for fear of looking pretentious, so she sat and stared at the sky instead. I can relate. Also, it is heavy!
Posted by Kristi at 10:52 PM