I recently came across a battered old copy of Anna Karenina at a book sale and almost bought it just to have it and hold it and love it all over again, even though I've already read it and have a perfectly good copy of my own. Tolstoy's writing is like that. Captivating. And I'm a little bit silly about books, so. But I mustered some restraint and didn't bring it home on account of my limited shelf space and a high-minded notion of leaving it for someone else to discover. I'm not making any promises, though. If it's still there tomorrow I might just . . .
When I read Anna K last December I thought I would just get it started and then leave the bulk of it for the quiet early days of the new year. Ha! No. Once I read the first couple pages I became so engrossed I carried it with me everywhere reading while I vacuumed, wrapped presents, shopped, cooked, etc etc etc. It worked out okay that time but I wish I had been more prepared for my FEELINGS about that book. If I were a more disciplined person I'd have jolly well put the book down until such a time that I could fully appreciate its words and nuances and images. I didn't, though. And it seemed to work out okay. I'm just not a big fan of 'snack' reading, although that seems to be the only way to get books read nowadays.
So here's my question. Will War and Peace conjure the same kind of feelings? Is it as excellent and readable as Anna K? It keeps calling to me from my TBR shelf but I'm afraid to commit to something so esteemed and imposing without first clearing my calendar and taking the phone off the hook. Can one snack-read W&P? Or is it really only worth reading when one can devote an entire week (or three) to the reading of it?