Right first of be starting war and peace readalong tomorrow be reading 150 pages every two weeks and starting from tomorrow the first discussion to be on the 24th jan on first 250 then every second monday for two weeks .I ll be using the Oxford University press new edition For Tolstoy’s centenary year .

Looking forward to loads of discussion on a book that I really should have read before now AND THE OUP version is the most up to date edition as well .Sorry for delay been busy month work wise .


In post this week .I received a Israeli classic Khirbet Khizeh by S Yizhaer this 1949 novella is written about an expulsion of a Palestine village during the 1948 war and is considered a classic of modern Hebrew literature, Yizhar is described as a liteary genius by David Grossman .Many thanks to Henry at granta for sending it ,He has a wonderful blog on drinks you might want to check .


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Willa
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 16:41:35

    I started reading Was and Peace years ago but never finished it. Maybe it was about time a gave it a second chance. Happy reading Stu.


  2. bythefirelight
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 17:23:19

    Good luck on the War and Peace read. One day I’m going to participate in a read along.

    I really liked the Khirbet Khizeh book a couple of years ago. It is very lyrical which might be an odd description for a political/historical novel.


  3. Gavin
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 23:46:56

    I started reading W&P this week and am loving it. I have been trying to find a used copy of the Yizhar for a while now. Maybe I’ll give in and order a copy from Granta.


  4. Lisa Hill
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 01:29:47

    I am sorry not to be reading along with you, Stu, but I read it just a little while ago and while it’s definitely worth re-reading, it’s a bit too soon for me at this stage. (I’m actually re-reading Anna Karenina at the moment so you can see, I am a fan of Tolstoy).
    My blog post about War and Peace has some spoilers, but it also has some nice video links of the battles and photos of Moscow and Petersburg links so you may want to have a look at it as you go along. Here’s the link
    Happy reading!


  5. Tony
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 02:34:53

    Good luck Stu!

    I’ll probably get around to a reread at some point this year (but at my usual mad frenzied pace, not at the leisurely readalong pace you described!).


  6. Nana Fredua-Agyeman
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 12:23:02

    Good reading Winston. War and Peace is on my Top 100 books to read read. I hope I get around reading it. Is it a large book?


  7. chasing bawa
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 20:16:45

    I just ordered a different copy and will try and join in at some point after I come back from my holiday!!!


  8. Valerie
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 01:33:12

    I am sure that once you start reporting your thoughts on War and Peace I’ll want to read it. I read Anna Karenina a few years ago so I know I can do it!

    First I’ve heard of Khirbet Khizeh; I off to learn more about it!


  9. gina
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 02:22:51

    Best of luck, Stu. Also, I’ll have to check if my library carries Khirbet Khizeh.


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