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‘Just 1,238 pages to go’: could you read War and Peace in a week?

10 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC is screening a lavish adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic novel over six weeks. So Tim Dowling tried to read it in just one. Could he finish it in time for the next instalment?

My wife and I are watching the first episode of the BBC adaptation of War and Peace in silence. Fifteen minutes in, I am afraid to say what I am thinking, which is: I am confused. Who are these people? How are they connected? What are they talking about? I am determined not to speak first.

“I don’t remember any of this,” my wife says. I nod, and then I think: remember it from when? Something occurs to me.

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- Tim Dowling

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