Talking of challenges, I wonder if you have ever read Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I bought it in early adulthood and then could never get to grips with the Russian names and the tendency to lapse into French at times taxed my overburdened brain. Then, one winter, when we lived in the Outer Hebrides and black and white grainy TV – if you were lucky, depending upon the rain – was all that was on offer for external stimulation, I pulled out the new-looking copy and after a lot of determination and effort, got hooked.
One of the blogs I follow, dovegreyreader scribbles, has issued an invitation to join her and others in an online book club. Yes, you’ve got it, the book is that very same War and Peace. She writes about it here. My interest is certainly stimulated by the chatter and the challenge, so having searched high and low for the old copy of the book, I’ve ordered a new one online. The Penguin Classic edition, so it is to be hoped I can read the print. (Never mind I get new glasses next week so that should help.) Dovegreyreader helpfully provides a bookmark which can be printed out and laminated, which has details of the main families and characters. Almost essential for me with my memory nowadays.
Do let me know if you fancy trying to join the bookathon, and I would be interested to know how many people have read it.