Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Lesson 45: War and Peace
I know what you all are thinking. No, it's not. I think you all did a double take, but this is not a picture of my father. It is a picture of Leo Tolstoy, supposedly the author of the best novel ever written. I've always been curious about the dude, and have been reading about his life much as of late. War and Peace is his greatest known work and many cultural and literary references are always made to it. Listen for it; you'll hear it often now that I mentioned it.
Obviously, I'll be busy for awhile, so if you don't hear from me, this is what I am doing. I'll give you updates every now and then to let you know how the story is unfolding. And in case you are wondering, the book is about Russian history and my copy is 1,386 pages long.
I am not sure how this will go over with my 46 Russian followers. From what I've been reading about Tolstoy he got mixed reviews from the government at the time. He doesn't look like that happy of a person, but made friends with Gandhi during his lifetime and became a devout Christian, so he can't be all that bad. I guess it is time for me to find out.
Mir (that's Russian for peace),
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