Fanfare please! I have finally finished War & Peace and as such have completed all 100 books from the BBC Big Read project. It turned out to be a bit of a mammoth undertaking in the end. Mainly because some of the books were just huge.
War & Peace was better than I expected. It took some getting into, mainly because of the huge number of characters. But once I had those figured out I quite enjoyed the story. As Tolstoy tends to do, there was a lot of unnecessary opinion on wars in general and how they should/shouldn’t be fought. But it was nowhere near as tedious as the farming methods in Anna Karenina! Don’t be put off by the size of the book (I read it on a kindle in the end as it was less depressing! Although – it was 12 pages, roughly, for each percentage of the book….) It’s a good story and you do end up caring about the characters. Particularly Pierre – he was my favourite.
Understandably I didn’t like all of the books. Some in particular I cannot believe that people seriously believe are the best book ever written. (Catch 22 I’m looking at you!) But I loved some that I would never have picked up normally. Clan of the Cave Bear was a particular favourite. Although it wasn’t covered in this blog I adored the Shell Seekers and am now a huge Rosamund Pilcher fan. I loved Brideshead Revisited, A Town like Alice, The Woman in White – loads of them. There are some cracking books on that list so maybe give it a try? You might just be surprised… 🙂