When asked whether I have ever read War and Peace, I usually reply, “Almost three times.” As prodigious as this sounds, it’s the literal truth. I have almost read it, three times. However each time I gave up after a few chapters.
I know I should read it, not just because it is a classic, and I need it to complete my 1001 books challenge, but also because I am told it is very good. But something always puts me off. This happens occasionally, for instance I have never been able to finish Emma, despite being a huge Jane Austen fan. Go figure.
But I digress.
Now I see that they will be broadcasting the miniseries on television for three weeks, starting next week. Obviously I am planning to watch it, but I am wondering whether I should try and read it again, and if it will be better to wait until after the series or not. Oh well, we’ll see what happens; maybe it will be too heavy to hold in bed, and then I’ll be thwarted again.