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Re: War and Peace - Tolstoy [Re: cmb13] #2908930
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Well, I'm cat-sitting my father's beautiful cat (otherwise known as my brother...we're the same generation, I suppose), and he and I are reading W&P together, while my Labradoodle jealously sits at my feet. He's to big for the sofa.


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Re: War and Peace - Tolstoy [Re: cmb13] #2908931
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Good points, Cathy, all of them. Pierre is starting to grow up. The transformation takes a while, but I guess that's true for most of us.


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Originally Posted by cmb13
Well, I'm cat-sitting my father's beautiful cat (otherwise known as my brother...we're the same generation, I suppose), and he and I are reading W&P together, while my Labradoodle jealously sits at my feet. He's to big for the sofa.


I saw your Labradoodle in one of your videos, he is adorable!

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Nice article in the WSJ this morning: “Berezina: On Three Wheels From Moscow to Paris Chasing Napoleon’s Epic Fail"

Here is the link to the article: Berezina

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Well, I'm cat-sitting my father's beautiful cat (otherwise known as my brother...we're the same generation, I suppose), and he and I are reading W&P together, while my Labradoodle jealously sits at my feet. He's to big for the sofa.


I saw your Labradoodle in one of your videos, he is adorable!

Thanks! Wally Conron thinks he's a monster.:(. He is getting into some health issues at a young age, unfortunately.


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Originally Posted by TomLC
Nice article in the WSJ this morning: “Berezina: On Three Wheels From Moscow to Paris Chasing Napoleon’s Epic Fail"

Here is the link to the article: Berezina

Good article, Tom.

Btw, didn't the Germans repeat Napoleon's mistake late in WWII? Wasn't this one of the things leading to their demise? You would think Hitler (I can barely type his name without cringing) would have been a student of military history, or at least would have read War and Peace, and would have known better.


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yes, I believe he broke an alliance with Stalin. But I don't recall why. At that time, I think, he had defeated Europe and North Africa quickly, except for England. And he planned to tidy that up in due order. So he probably expected Russia to fall as easily. He did get pretty far into Russia before Stalin, with the help of the weather, pushed him back. Maybe our professor can enlighten us?


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I'm on page 557 now. The Rostov's are staying with Count Andreich and Marya waiting for Andrei and selling their Moscow property. Really liking this book.


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Originally Posted by TomLC
I'm on page 557 now. The Rostov's are staying with Count Andreich and Marya waiting for Andrei and selling their Moscow property. Really liking this book.

That's a good section......lots of activity coming up. Not all so happy. Let us know what you think of the events to follow.


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Originally Posted by cmb13
Originally Posted by TomLC
Nice article in the WSJ this morning: “Berezina: On Three Wheels From Moscow to Paris Chasing Napoleon’s Epic Fail"

Here is the link to the article: Berezina

Good article, Tom.

Btw, didn't the Germans repeat Napoleon's mistake late in WWII? Wasn't this one of the things leading to their demise? You would think Hitler (I can barely type his name without cringing) would have been a student of military history, or at least would have read War and Peace, and would have known better.

One of the things I love is the description of Kutuzov hanging out in the Moscow Region and doing nothing, waiting for Napoleon's house of cards to collapse. Such a brilliant and insightful man! In many ways, the half-blind Kutuzov reminds me of WW2's Marshall Zhukov, who kicked Hitler's @ss on the Eastern Front in the Battle of Moscow (very reminiscent of Kutozov's Moscow defense) and he incredibly decisive Operation Bagration.

Anyone else see parallels between Kutuzov and Zhukov?


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Yes! A lot of excitement in that last part of Volume 2. So I’m now in the third volume. The war of 1812 that I know little about. We were taught about how Britain, the Canadians, and the American Indians, were all fighting the US in the War of 1812. So I find this all very interesting. Tolstoy philosophy’s so much in the first several pages that I had to read each paragraph twice. Then read it again. He gets his point across through. How futile war is. It makes me think of the Vietnam war. And others after that... So stupid and sad. 😞


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