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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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Feb 28, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: gen-lit, classics

When I was seventeen my mother got me a job working in the Chester Hospital as a janitor. Midway through the summer, my boss asked me whether I would like to work the elevator (a manual one), second shift, for the regular operator who was going on vacation for two weeks. I said that I would. Turns out that visiting hours ended in the middle of second shift, and I had nothing to do except bring oxygen up and corpses down for the remaining four hours. So I read all the books that I was supposed to read for school the previous year. Those books were Walden, by Thoreau, War and Peace, by Tolstoy, and Moby Dick, by Melville. All three works changed my life. Read them unabridged; you should, too.

This is the newest, most praised translation and I am ready for a reread. I owe its purchase to Ciera Omlor, and that is an interesting story.
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Jake That's the translation I just finished. It's very good.

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