Sole Challenge

For readers looking to capitalise on all this lock down time, the reading list is getting some serious work.

Tolstoy’s War and Peace seems to at least be making it onto long lists.

However that seems to have more to do with it being long and daunting. Not that you can tell from the above edition which makes you think it is a romance novel. Which it sort of is, but not that kind of romance novel.

For something not all that removed from Tolstoy, but a little more relevant there’s Petr Kropotkin’s Memoirs of a Revolutionist.

Kropotkin spent two years in solitary confinement for his perceived subversive activities, but unnervingly that’s cutting things a little too close to the bone for today’s readers. However surely one could relate to the experience.

Even more daunting may be Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.

While it’s rightly a literary classic, it may prompt the reader instead to go back and have a stab at Tolstoy’s missive.