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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stendhal's Syndrome, parts 4816 - 4819

4816. What do the great writers think about this question? If we consider War and Peace, the important issue of the book is not how many millions of men both French and Russian will die, to force the French out of Russia, but the much more important question of whether Pierre will marry Natasha.

4817. The fate of the beautiful aristocratic and innocent Natasha is truly important to Tolstoy, and all his readers, and Napoleon's War is a lovely backdrop of death and destruction to set off the romance to the greatest advantage.

4818. Consider the Russian Revolution in literature. The revolution is the setting, and the backdrop of Doctor Zhivago, where the important issue is not the revolution, but question: Will Yuri choose the blonde or the brunette. 

4819. And who can forget the important question of "Gone With the Wind." You know what that question is so I will not bother to put it down here, but it certainly has nothing to do with the freeing of the slaves, or Sherman's march to the sea.

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