Inspired by A Public Space and Yiyun Li's #TolstoyTogether project— in which a large group of readers came together to read War and Peace at the rate of about 12 pages a day, taking around 3 months to finish—I made the questionable decision to embark upon the novel at the rate of 2 words per day.

I (slowly) worked my way through the text, recording my efforts on Twitter. I experienced several mishaps along the way and my progress was not made any easier by the fact that the majority of the first paragraph in the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation was in French. No matter. When I reached the end of the first paragraph, after 39 days, exhausted, I decided to retire the project.

Here is a record of my journey.

War & Peace, Two Words a Day

The first paragraph of War & Peace.