Look What Came Today!!

I rarely buy books so I can’t tell you how excited I am by the one that I ordered that came today! (P.S. sorry for the poor quality, I only have my cell phone right now.)

Isn’t it a beauty?! 1215 pages of Pevear and Volokhonsky translated pleasure. I hope at least.

I will be reading this starting at the end of November (when I finish with my Africa project). I’ll finish by January 19 because I’m leading a book group on it.

Care to join me?

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Whoa, now THAT is an impressive tome! Beautiful edition, too. Editions like that are what lure me into reading books I would otherwise never pick up! Someday I’ll get to War and Peace…but not yet. Enjoy!

    1. Erin, That is EXACTLY why I splurged on a beautiful edition of it! I’m hoping the prettiness factor will keep encouraging me to read it…even if it does weigh a ton. sigh.

  2. OH MY GOSH! I just found your blog and was so excited to come upon this post. I read that Pevear/Volokhonsy translation of War and Peace last year and absolutely loved it. You’re hardback edition is much more beautiful than my now beat-up paperback.
    You’re gonna love it!

    1. Ingrid, oh I’m glad to hear that you loved it. This hardback edition was purchased used, but it’s still in pretty good shape. I hope I can keep it pretty by the time I too have finished reading it!!

  3. My mom has that in paperback! I totally COULD read it if I wanted to. If I was BRAVE ENOUGH, anyway. 😀

    Good luck with your reading! I can’t wait to see what you think about it.

    1. Anastasia, My book club and I all were feeling NOT BRAVE so that’s why we put it on the schedule. It will force us to read it! Maybe you could give it a try with us 🙂

  4. Wahoo! I think if you’re only going to splurge infrequently then this is definitely a book to save up for! I have read some Tolstoy, but admit that War & Peace scares me… but I’m sure you’ll be posting many tantalizing tidbits that will get me in the right frame of mind!

  5. I have the paperback edition of this translation — 1224 pages before the notes.

    *sigh* I wonder if my boss will let me take a leave of absence to read …..

    1. Suzanne, oh yes, the 1215 pages is before notes in my edition too! A leave of absence….hmm wonder what my preschooler would say to that? Well, at least we have the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, right? Nothing like a huge chunkster to get us in the holiday frame of mind! lol

  6. I still have a book mark half way through War and Peace from when I committed myself to read it three years ago (and it took two years to get to that half way point!) I wonder if I picked it up and just started there again I’d remember what was happening? I do want to finish it so bad!

    1. Suey, that is my worry: that I’ll forget the beginning by the time I get to the end. I am sorry to here you got hung up in the middle…I worry I’ll be able to get through it before January!

  7. Wowzers!! Good luck!! I have been meaning to tackle this for years, I just feel so intimidated by the sheer weight of it! Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  8. Yay! I LOVE getting books in the post, and this looks like a particularly fine parcel to receive. It’s huge! I’m not very good with chunksters but I do enjoy reading about other blogger’s experiences with them. Hope you love it!

    1. litlove, I’ve been reading a lot of chunksters this year and I’m enjoying the immersion into a complicated story. This was a wonderful package to get in the mail! Made me so happy 🙂 I hope I love it too.

  9. What a beautiful edition! I look forward to hearing what you think of it – perhaps you’ll encourage me to finally read it 😉

  10. Oh !!! I am very much tempted…but 1215 pages is really scaring me… I haven’t touched the complete ‘Lord of Rings’ since I get scared every time I see the thickness of the book …Not sure why 🙁

    1. Elizabeth, Ah, i can’t finish LORD OF THE RINGS either — fantasy is not my cup of tea. But yes, it’s rather scary, but we can all do it together…. You know you want to, right?!?!!!

  11. Good luck. I read it last summer and ended up really liking it (though it was still tough to commit to finishing it).

  12. I got the Pevear and Volokhonsky Vintage translation earlier this year. I plan on a somewhat more leisurely schedule. Good luck and have fun!

  13. That’s just gorgeous! That’s how I’m feeling about my brand new copy of the new translation of Madame Bovary. I also won from Frances at Nonsuch Book a new copy of Dr. Zhivago! It’s on my wall in a plate holder that I put pretty books in.
    I hope you enjoy War and Peace. I read it several years ago, and don’t remember too much of it, only that it’s a surprisingly easy read, considering it’s reputation. It’s just the length that’s intimidating.

    1. Shelley, I’m coveting that book too! I may splurge on that before my book group reads it in May….I do hope I find W&P surprisingly easy to read, give I will have a limited amount of time to read it!!

  14. I’ve been putting off reading War and Peace for about 30 years so I really do want to join in with you. It’s the only way I’ll get around to actually reading it. I need a deadline. My copy is a really old one though.

  15. Rebecca, I don’t read one thousandth the books you do but I did read this one and I loved it. Life changer. There is a reason it’s a classic. It was not hard for me to Finnish it. It was hard when it ended.

  16. I am so happy to say that I will not join you. I finished it recently, am glad that I did, but also really glad that I am done with it. It can be very enjoyable, you just need to think of it as a favorite TV show that you want to stay on the air as long as possible. The only times I didn’t enjoy it was when I became so focused on finishing that I forgot to enjoy the process.

    1. Thomas at My Porch, I’m afraid that is how the end of it will be for me too, since I have book group deadline. I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part! I’m looking forward to it. Congrats on finishing!

      1. Oh I do want to! I think I might have to get my hands on a copy. I would much rather read it with others than by myself!

  17. This is the exact same doorstop, errr…. edition, I have! I can’t recall if I bought it or got it as a review book. I think I bought it. I buy WAY too many books. Unlike you, I have very little restraint! Though I also make great use of interlibrary loan, too. But I’m afraid that’ll go away one day – with budgets being slashed all over – then what will I do?

    I located my copy of W&P over the weekend, and will start it after I get out my next review for Library Journal, which is due Monday. It’s on a 500 page book about digitization/preservation of materials/archives in the library/museums, etc. So it’s interesting in some ways, but not in 500 pages worth of ways!

    I’m also on the “Lifetime Reading Plan” bandwagon, reading a history of the world by Susan Bauer (http://tinyurl.com/2b8zuxw), then stopping to read the works from the relevant period before going back to the history. I’m only in early Mesopotamia, and I have Gilgamesh ready to go. Before I do Homer, though, who’s next, I think I’ll do the shorter Analects of Confucius, then start Homer in 2011 and give myself plenty of time to really absorb both books. I want to delve deeply into them, and not rush. The Fagles translation really is fantastic!

    So, no problem. Homer and War and Peace! Oh, plus reading my Condensed Oxford English Dictionary (gift I chose for my 5-year award at the library), AND the Condensed Encyclopaedia Brittanica I’m giving myself (much cheaper than the OED!).

    Could I be more of a nerd?

    Curiously yours,

    1. Lisa Guidarini, yeay for our huge doorstops! Sounds like a heavy reading schedule coming up…don’t forget the comparitively slim SILAS MARNER too! On top of everything else… I love being a nerd! Sounds like you do too.

  18. I wanted to let you know I went out and purchased a copy. I decided on the paperback so it could “flop” open on me. But I am game for reading it with you as along as that’s still okay. 🙂 Let me know what you are planning in regards to a timeline.

    Knowing that someone else is going to read this at the same time is going to make me feel a million times better about doing this!

    1. Allie, woo hoo! Yeay for company. I am not sure when I’ll get started. But definitely I have to finish by Jan 19, as that is my book club night!

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