Friday, 25 September 2009

My own personal marathon challenge

What started as a joke has now become a serious challenge. When a friend of mine wrote on Facebook that she had finished a Rubik's Cube and now needed another challenge, little did I know she would take me up on the offer when I suggested she should read Tolstoy's War and Peace. Neither did I think that she'd rope me into joining her!

I was given War and Peace by my boyfriend (now husband) one Christmas several years ago. I had told him that this book was on my all-time "Gotta read that before I die" list so he thoughtfully gave it to me so I could get started. I never did. The 1444 pages seemed insurmountable so I kept deferring it. One day, I kept saying, one day......

Now it seems that 'one day' has now arrived and what better way could you hope to take on such a literary marathon but with someone else. A training buddy, someone to motivate you and spur you along when the pages seem too many and the words blur in front of your eyes. Suddenly, War and Peace seems less like a marathon and more like what it really is: a book I always wanted to read. Yes, it's nearly three inches thick and that's the small print version, but now it seems possible. Starting today, I'm commencing my War and Peace marathon.

I'll let you know how I go.

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