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review 2016-07-24 20:06
Not at war anymore - but also not quite at peace
Krieg und Frieden - 'Leo Tolstoi', 'Hermann Röhl'

Never before has it taken me that long to finish a book as it did with War and Peace. I started this work an unbelievable 8 years ago! I didn't read it during all this time, there were long breaks and several attempts to finish it. The main reason why it took me so long was that I had this huge one-volume edition which just was too big for my hands and too heavy for my handbag. But the end of last year my library finally had it as an ebook and this really helped! Now I'm just glad to finally be done!

I had watched a miniseries of War and Peace before reading the book which made reading it a lot easier: I had the character's faces on my mind and this helped remembering who was who. There really are a lot of characters!

War and Peace is an enormous work and it deserves to be read. It's just that tiny bit too long. The peace parts can be read fairly quickly, but the war parts are often very very slow going. I'm not really interested in battle descriptions or at least only up to a certain point. When they are hundreds of pages long with every detail and often repetitive that's a bit too much. He reaches the peak when he even uses mathematical equations! What I didn't like about Tolstoy's style is that whenever he uses an image or an example he explains it. It seems like he doesn't believe his readers can understand what he's saying. He's also often quite preachy which isn't my cup of tea.

I was at war with this work for a long time, now I'm finally at peace with it but only barely. After all the effort I put into reading it I just hoped that I would love it in the end. It's a good book but it will never be one of my favourites.

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review 2014-07-11 07:21
#BookADayUK - Day 11: The Book that made you cry
Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins (SZ-Bibliothek, #1) - Milan Kundera,Susanna Roth

Once again a category with lots of possible choices. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of the most beautiful love stories I ever read. It really made me cry - but not because of the love story. I cried when Karenin, the dog, died!

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review 2014-07-07 07:31
#BookADAyUK - Day 7: Most Chocolatey Novel - it's National Chocolate Day!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl

I so would love to visit Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! Does he rent rooms? I'd go for all-inclusive :)

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review 2014-07-04 08:49
#BookADayUK - Day 4: All-time favourite American Novel of 4 July Independence Day
Huckleberry Finns Abenteuer: Roman - Mark Twain

This was another difficult choice for me. In the end I decided to chose Huckleberry Finn. It is one of the very few books I've read twice (once as a child and again as an adult) and I aboslutely loved it both times.

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review 2014-06-30 15:48
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

As I young girl I never was much into horses as were all the other girls from my class. This is why I never read Black Beauty. I also never saw any of the movie adaptions. All I knew was that it was about a very beautiful horse.
Reading this book I was surprised by three things: First of all, it was completely different from what I expected. I had kind of imagined a story about a wild horse. This so totally wasn't the case. The second thing was, that Anna Sewell turns out to be the Charles Dickens for animal rights! She tells about all the mischief and maltreatment that happened to horses. And this directly leads me to the third surprise: Balck Beauty was published in 1877, almost 140 years ago. I was very surprised to see some dealing with animal rights topics at this time. I had always thought this to be a much modern topic.
I enjoyed the writing very much and I so felt with Black Beauty and all the other horses. In the end I was really close to tears. Black Beauty is a novel I'd widely recommend

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