In case you haven’t twigged by now, this is the second post in Hanna’s War and Peace Read-along – there will be slight spoilers for the story so far so proceed with caution.
Definitely. I wasn’t overly keen when I first started Book Two but I adjusted to the shift in focus pretty quickly and it hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm yet. I get a bit glazed over with the more lengthy military strategy sessions but I liked how characters that we’d already been introduced to popped up every now and then to stop it being dull. I welcomed the brief respite from descriptions of dead horses and mud back to Pierre and the Kuragins but it wasn’t an overwhelming feeling of relief, which I suppose bodes well for the rest of the novel. I like the war. I like the peace. All is well.
I still think he’s a tool but I find him slightly less hateful than I did in Book One. But that isn’t quite the question. I actually do think that he’ll do well, although maybe not single-handedly win the war for Russia as he seems to believe he will. He seems like the kind of chap that will be able to schmooze the army’s bigwigs and will keep on finding himself in the right place at the right time.