James,

That’s a nice, charitable view of Anatole and one I’ve never considered because I dislike him so much. Part of A Year of War and Peace’s thematic philosophy is taking a charitable view of others so I’m embarrassed that I never thought of it. Really shows how deeply our impressions misguide us.

Thanks for reading. I hope you like the novel and also my little essays. How did you learn of A Year of War and Peace?

Best,

Brian

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

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