A Year of War and Peace

Introducing a Daily, Yearlong, Chapter-by-Chapter Reading and Meditation on Tolstoy’s Masterpiece

What It Is

A Year of War and Peace is the equivalent of mainlining your favorite mood enhancer.

Over the course of one year, should you choose to join me, we will read one of the 361 chapters of War and Peace per day followed by a brief reflection on the chapter published here on Medium. These reflections will focus on the novel’s characters and how thinking about their nineteenth-century triumphs and failings may help us to live better, more fulfilling lives today. . I welcome you to join me this year.

Why You Should Join Me

The primary reason you should join me is that War and Peace is one of the greatest books ever written. It’s immensely enjoyable to read. It’s also just plain immense. In fact, its size is often cited as the reason people have not read it yet. A Year of War and Peace solves this problem by breaking down the gigantic novel into small, bite-sized pieces. No more than twenty minutes per day is required to read along and, by year’s end, with just this small investment of time, you’ll have a thorough understanding and appreciation of one of the world’s most celebrated books.

When It Starts

A Year of War and Peace begins on January 1, 2017. But, please, feel free to read at your own leisure.

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What Translation I’ll be Reading

I’ll be reading . I’ve read many of the English translations and this is my favorite. With the exception of the , all the translations I’ve read follow the 361 chapter convention so following along with another translation should not be a problem. The first time I cycled through the book using the one-chapter-per-day method I used . There are a few minor typos but it’s serviceable for our purposes.

The Daily Readings

Below are the daily readings. I will link to each as they are made available.

: Pavlovna’s God

: Pierre at the Party

: Enter Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

: Don’t Talk Politics

: Here’s Looking at Nothing, Kid

: An Unhappy Family Unhappy In Its Own Way

: именины

: Consider the Doll

: Nick Fit

: Kissing Cousins

: A Widow’s Workout

: Boris Does His Duty

: On the Distraction of C.R.E.A.M.

: Cry, Friend

: Speechmaking to Worms

: You May Die In Your Bed

: The Ants of Moscow

: Vasili the Unvirtuous

: Fate’s Force

: Approach of the Kneaded Clod (Bezukhov Smiles)

: Clarissa Explains It All

: On Proverbs and Purpose

: Good Grief, Part 1

: Good Grief, Part 2

: Good Grief, Part 3

: A Duty Disturbed

: A Review How-To

: Return of the Mack

: Raging Bull in a China Shop

: Pride’s Prejudice

: It’s Only Natural

: Amid the Madness

: Crave Not These Things

: Be the Rock

: The Flea Presumes

: Waking Well

: A Soldier’s Duty

: Prince Andrei in the Waking Echo of Confusing Strife

: On Miracles and Mistakes

: They Talked of Peace

: Plans and Anti-Plans

: “It Has Begun! Here it is!” Or: Smoke Puffs, French Pancakes and Bagration’s Chill

: Russian Carnage

: Get Ready

: Tune It Down the Middle

: Defeat in Victory

: Plotting Gardens on Volcanic Earth

: Lessons From Life and Literature

: Pop Offs and Prayers

: Justice Clashes

: Princess Marya Bolkonsky, Stoic Sage?

: But Then, Une Fine Mouche

: Fictions of Merit

: The Monstrous Enormous Whole

: Social Insecurity

: Wishing for Wishau

: Just Like Clockwork

: Leaving for Battle

: Right is Wrong and Wrong is Right

: Fog

: A Crop of Ruin

: That Infinite Sky

: Assorted Impressions

: Laughing for Some Reason Like Heaps of Manure on Well-Kept Plough Land and Disfigured by Fear of Death

: Une Belle Mort!

: Kisses

: Owned

: A Tale of Two

: The Meat it Feeds On

: Lear’s Baby

: Self-Judgment and the Wild Spectrum of Love

: The O’er Fraught Heart

: Habits and Homecomings

: The Lock in the Wax That Floats

: The Leaf and the Rake

: At Home in a Spirit of Love with a Head Full of Heat

: In the Neighborhood of Others

: Imitate or Loathe

: Self-Examination and the Dread Existential

: Oh Mio Crudele Affetto

: Tomorrow Never Knows

: The Stranger

: Lessons

: On Mediating Institutions

: Our Naked Shivering Nature

: Practice

: La Crème De La Véritable Bonne Société

: Flattering Mirror of the Proud

: The Wisdom of Choruses

: Torment as Teacher

: Practical Business

: Peaks

: Pals

: God’s Folk

: Hero

: Lines Written A Few Miles Above a Totally Ruined and Deserted German Village

: All That Is Moving And All That Is Not

: The Difference Between What Is Hard And What Is Easy

: When King Laugh Come (But Only For Some)

: Boris Drubetskoy And The Art of Career Advancement

: Where Despair Most Fits

: The Alexander Option

: Andrei’s Oak

: Natasha’s Moon

: Remote From These Bounties

: Prince Andrei Puts His Guiding Principles To Work

: Conform To The Nature of Which You Are A Part

: Every Day

: Maybe The Flu

: The Purification And Reformation Of Oneself

: Thinking Makes It So

: I ❤ Pierre Bezukhov

: Doubtable Foundations

: Such Seething Brains

: (Just So) What’ll We Do About Boris?

: Revving Up For Le Réveillon

: The Sweet Nectar

: Sunshine and Storm

: Markets and Meditations

: The Social Contagion

: These New Eyes and What They See

: Consider Also That You Do Many Things Wrong

: A Party of Leaves

: Through Weal and Woe

: All With Whom We Associate

: A Test of Character

: Stumbling Footsteps in the Dark

: Wax Wings are Things Without Feathers

: Family Law

: The Rage Returns

: Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

: Baby, You’re a Rich Man

: It Raineth Every Day

: The One Breeds Union, the Other Disunion

: The Cosmopolitan Dream

: Stuck in the Net

: Fleas, Crickets, Grasshoppers

: Met Him Pike Hoses: I Sailed With Thee Along the Peruvian Coast Last Voyage

: Moonglow

: Natasha and the Infinite Mirrors

: Act Naturally

: Pierre’s Errors

: Eating the Other

: The Angry Man

: We Have a Thaw

: Le Sourire de la Mélancolie!

: A Ruler to Make the Crooked Straight

: What We Talk About When We Talk About Marty McFly Being Called a Chicken

: There Will Be a Show Tonight

: Moloch Whose Eyes Are a Thousand Blind Windows

: Do Not Swear By Natasha’s Moon

: Watchful and Natural Guardians (Call Your Mother)

: Sufficient to Cleanse the Soul Completely

: Have the Standards Ready

: Greater Kindness and Tender Compassion

: Control

: Dance My Dunce

: Bad Men

: Crushing It

: A History of Rage

: You Will Not Suffer Any Harm

: Birthday

: All You Need is Love

: The Sovereign and the Swarm

: Boundless and Bare the Lone and Level Sands Stretch Far Away

: Achievement

: The King of Naples!

: The Compact of Mutual Indulgence

: Ethos and Athos

: Reflect

: Adieu, André!

: On the Faculty of Choice

: Critical of Theory

: Kinderspiel!

: He Had Gained Experience

: Nikolai Karenina

: Before a Blowing Wind

: Absurdity, Injustice, and a Bestial Kind of Madness

: There Will Always Be a Protest

: At This Point, I Excuse You

: Persist and Weigh the Enemy More Mighty

: L’Russe Besuhof

: Bandage

: Humanity

: Serfin’ USA

: True Freedom and the Sleekest Slavery of All

: Read a Book Every Day

: Be the Belly Without Blemish

: Out of Luck in La Belle Époque

: Smolensk

: Ask the Dust

: Models

: Put Away All Covetousness

: The Remainder

: Warm Waters

: One Model

: Marya’s Response

: Swept Away Together

: The Meet Cute, Tolstoy Style

: A Consciousness of Wrongdoing

: Revisit the Lofty Sky of Austerlitz

: Kutuzov’s Anti-Plan

: I Read the New Today, Oh Boy

: (Working Title)

: The Blind Tools of History

: Like a Morning Dream

: No Thine Own Self

: Ready

: Atqui Vivere, Lucili, Militare Est

: Be Well Content

: As If Burned

: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

: Amour Propre

: A Great Wind

: Clotho Forbids

: Love and Beauty and a Latent Heat

: As if in a Tempest

: They Will Not Stop It, They Are Not Horrified at What They Have Done

: The Hand That Moves the Battle Along

: War and Economics

: The Wisdom of Age

: Fear of Death

: Without Fear of Death

: Fifty Thousand Corpses Lay There (This Heart Within Me Burns)

: Fate Show Thy Force

: The Calculus of History

: Prosecute the Present Study

: Prepare to Meet Everything

: Plain

: So it Goes

: Keep

: Monkey See, Monkey Do

: The Natural Sauce

: Silence

: To Be Honest

: Pierre Bezukhov and the Practical Practice

: The Countess and the City

: Natasha Turns it Around

: Riches and Rightness

: Profitless

: Indifferents

: Old Efim’s Sufferance

: Total Nihilistic Existential Breakdown

: The Ryazan Road to Ruin by Revolution

: Droning On

: The Common Lot of Mortals

: Eschew Outwardly Before the Worlde

: Laws for Leadership

: Steal Something from the Thief

: Les Loups du Barbarisme

: They Carried Their Loot with Them

: L’Russe Besuhof (Reprise)

: A Just Vengeance

: Get Contaminated

: Sometimes the Bear Eats You

: To Dine in Africa

: Divine Love and the Refreshing Inn

: Lay Aside the Senator’s Dress

: More Than Mere Bodies

: Life is Ball

: Ought Not This Person be Destroyed?

: Les Décrets de la Divine Providence

: Nikolai Rostov and the Spontaneous Order

: πρόσωπον

: Without These Structural Components

: Man of Action, Man of Mind

: Footpaths

: Crown with a Halo

: A Relationship Remembered

: State the Simple Truth of It

: My Name is Platon

: Round

: Nature Likewise by Power of Reason

: It’s Okay to Cry (It’s Only Natural)

: The Dream of a Particle of Love

: The Two Handles of His Story

: Let Me See Who You Are

: On Kutuzov

: A Call for Clouds

: Abide the Outcome in the Dark

: Look How They Massacred My Boy

: The World Will Not Quarrel

: The Less Control We Have

: Controlling You

: Autumnal Leaves

: New Yorkers

: Stoic So Hard

: Memento Mori

: The Grain of a Fig

: Cogs

: Make Haste

: Kutuzov’s Champions

: Revenge

: Bubble Trouble

: Mars on Earth

: The Unfailing Antidote (Solving for X)

: Transformation and Opinion

: The Implacable Governor

: Tikhon’s Caesarean Section and the Inevitability of Death

: The Curtain is Raised

: Hold to the Precious Few

: Use a Ruler

: Not the Footprint

: Petya Rostov and the Fairyland Fugue

: Envy and Oswald 4.6.729

: Pierre Bezukhov’s Terrible March to Enlightenment

: A Sovereignty Ancient

: War

: Dream is Destiny

Licked Before You Begin

: Lives Hastening, Turning in a Speeding Whirlwind

: Greatness

: A Component Part of a Social System

: On the Loss of a Loved One

: La Valle d’Abisso Dolorosa

: The Choice is All You Have

: The Hard Winter Training

: It’s Hard Out Here for a Philosopher

: Coriolanus and the Stone

: Force and Fatalism

: The Price is Pain

: It is Yourself You Spare

: Shrugged Shoulders and Simple Sighs

: Put on Your Pajamas

: The Last of the Human Freedoms

: Identicalizing

: Magic and Where to Find It

: Love (My Sighs Speak, Each One a Grievous Thing) — The Rusty Door Opens

: Delivery from the Snare

: How to Get Rich

: Hope and Fear

: Eudainomia

: Accept and Endure

: Formed by Nature to Change

: The Sheepish Aims of Great Men

: From Thence All Things Flow

: The Bee is Something Else Entirely

: Everybody Hurts

: Determined Love

: How to Employ the Soul

: Nikolai Rostov and That Old Hussar Habit

: Jumping After Stars

: Between Fire and Ice

: It Kills the Ills

: Joy and Despair

: Happy Holidays!

: The Individual Mind and the Political Body

: Remember the Fifty Names

: The Word

: Blind Accidents

: Keep it Up We’re in the Final Stretch Now

: Just as it Was

: Feral Humanity

: Strange Blood and the Continuous Spinning Thread of the Web

: The Tolstoy Cone

: Power to the People

: Like Hadrian and Augustus

: We Fishermen Caught in a Net

: A Man’s Own Judgments

: Cause

: The End

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

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