Congrats on finishing it. I first read it when I was 16, and because of going somewhere for the summer I had to resume reading it in a different translation -- as if all the variations on the names of the thousand characters weren't enough, I now had to deal with Peter and Andrew etc instead of Pierre and Andrei ... - and then go back to the first translation before I finished it.Knaldskalle on Apr 12 2015, 12:29:25 PM wrote:Finally finished War and Peace the other day. It's a great book and that is of course the reason why I kept reading despite its great length and the insane amount of time it took me. I started reading it March 1st 2014 and finished it April 7 2015, so more than 13 months. I've never taken this long to read a book. I might give Anna Karenina a shot later, but definitely not right away.
I've started reading Frazer's The Golden Bough, but I don't know if I'll stay focused on that or pick up some lighter reading at some point.
(Later I read a good deal of it in Russian, though I skimmed the war parts.)
I had already read Anna Karenina on the sly, because it was about (gasp!) adultery and I didn't think my parents would approve. Then my father caught me reading War and Peace and said, "I think you'd like Anna Karenina better." But I didn't.
I pretty much gave up reading novels after I translated a bunch of Norwegian ones. Currently I'm reading a poetry book and Weird Worlds, a popular book on astronomy, dealing mostly with the current state of our knowledge of the solar system.