A daily, yearlong, chapter-by-chapter reading of and meditation on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace

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What It Is


In which we are introduced to Bald Hills and the Bolkónski family where we consider the many benefits of cultivating good habits

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-Two


In which Russian nobility fights over a dead man’s treasure and we see that such riches will only serve to enslave them

Playlist

War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-One


In which Pierre contemplates death and so do we

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty


In which Anna Mikháylovna guides Pierre and we get caught in the weaving net of fate

Playlist

War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Nineteen


In which Vasíli schemes and we consider our duties

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Eighteen


In which Sónya stresses, Nicholas sings, the Count goes full Michael Jackson and we see the soothing balms of social interaction at work

Playlist

War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Seventeen


In which the Rostóv dinner party talks of war, Natásha misbehaves and it is shown that there are things within our power and without our power

Playlist

War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Sixteen


In which the Rostóv dinner party teaches us that we must use our precious time wisely

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War and Peace — Book One

Chapter Fifteen


In which Countess Rostóva shares the wealth and we glimpse a moment of deep friendship

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Fourteen

Brian E. Denton

For my friends and family, love. For my enemies, durian fruit.

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