A couple years ago, I came up with the idea of separating Tolstoy’s War and Peace into two volumes. Then I went ahead and did that (Just the War, Just the Peace, Emergency Press 2013).
But I didn’t get the idea out of the blue. I got it from my friend, Lauren Hoffman, who once told me she didn’t read all of War and Peace–just the “peace” parts. And she apparently didn’t get the idea on her own, either. Recently, she reminded me that she got it from reading Lois Lowry’s Anastasia at this Address.
In this book, some of the characters talk about skipping through books in “little jumps,” and one specifically mentions reading War and Peace, but skipping through it to read only the “peace” parts. Here’s a small excerpt wherein they discuss these little jumps: