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Benjamin Hollon

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Joined 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Getting out of big tech, step by step. The step you are observing is called Bookwyrm, in case you didn't know.

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2022 Reading Goal

10% complete! Benjamin Hollon has read 5 of 50 books.

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War and Peace (1998, Oxford University Press, USA) 4 stars

"War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three …

I have to say, this book really shines on the reread. ...not something most people will ever know, I guess.

But so much of the detail that seems like extra fluff on the first read turns out to be foreshadowing; the complexity of the plot is staggering once you know what's going on.

Anna Karenina (2004, Penguin) 4 stars

While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking qualities of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear …

Review of 'Anna Karenina' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Having read so many Russian novels recently must be making this easier, because I believe this one was the easiest read yet. I'm getting used to the style, so I don't have to keep stopping to think through what the author is trying to say. That's kinda nice.

I'm not sure what I think about the book as a whole. The characters were relatable, and I enjoyed most scenes, but I usually didn't like the ways Tolstoy would resolve issues in the plot. They felt too harsh and sudden without enough meaning dredged out of them first. Still, I don't know how I'd have done it better, so I won't complain about that too much.

Other than that, I'm glad I read it. It's probably not one I'll reread again anytime soon, but that's more because of the length than the content.

War and Peace (1998, Oxford University Press, USA) 4 stars

"War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three …

Review of 'War and Peace' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

So, War and Peace. It's a big one, for sure.

But I feel like it's a lot shorter than people think it is. War and Peace has become our archetypal "long book," but it's shorter than Les Miserables (which I read last year) and reads a lot faster. It's a book more on the scale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is still long, but is also fairly widely read.

With that out of the way, let's get into it.

Russian Names

This is probably a common barrier to people understanding this book and others like it. In my case, I worked my way up to War and Peace by reading some of Dosteovsky's work: The Gambler, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov. At one point when I was reading Brothers K, it just clicked and I started to get how the …