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The Big Read 2021: War and Peace Substack is dedicated to exploring classic literature, primarily through a chapter-by-chapter analysis of novels. It includes group reading experiences, author backgrounds, thematic discussions, and character studies, aiming to enhance understanding and appreciation of renowned literary works.

Literary Analysis Classic Novels Group Reading Experiences Author Backgrounds Thematic Discussions Character Studies

The hottest Substack posts of The Big Read 2021: War and Peace

And their main takeaways
314 implied HN points 28 Jan 24
  1. Paul starts to take charge and fulfill his destiny in Dune chapters 16-22
  2. Significant action happens at the end of Part One, setting the stage for Parts Two and Three
  3. Dune's ornithopters are described to resemble desert bugs
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275 implied HN points 07 Jan 24
  1. Frank Herbert's inspiration for Dune came from various sources like Oregon dunes and Middle Eastern practices.
  2. Dune incorporates elements of Middle Ages feudalism and even Herbert's own drug experiences.
  3. The backstory of Dune is intricate and involves diverse influences that shaped the creation of the novel.
373 implied HN points 23 Oct 23
  1. Steinbeck explores universal themes in 'East of Eden' like right and wrong, time, and family relationships.
  2. Steinbeck blends external and internal landscapes, connecting human emotions with nature.
  3. Steinbeck's writing is full of life, embracing compassion, tolerance, and the richness of existence.
491 implied HN points 08 Sep 23
  1. Jeremy is seeking input on the non-fiction book for the 2024 reading list.
  2. Readers can choose between 'Team of Rivals' and 'The Power Broker'.
  3. Both books are long but highly recommended for a lifetime list.
412 implied HN points 10 Sep 23
  1. The post discusses the biography of Alexandre Dumas's father, General Alex Dumas, and its impact on understanding 'The Count of Monte Cristo.'
  2. Summer reading included the Pulitzer-winning biography 'The Black Count.'
  3. The biography added new dimensions to the reader's understanding of Alexandre Dumas and his famous work.
511 implied HN points 05 Feb 23
  1. The reading covered various Wild West experiences like a whiskey boat, a road trip, and an accident.
  2. McMurtry subverted the traditional Western genre in these chapters.
  3. The introduction of a true antagonist added a new dynamic to the story.
452 implied HN points 26 Feb 23
  1. Chapters 65-72 of Lonesome Dove were described as feeling tame compared to previous chapters.
  2. The chapters provided a variety of viewpoints and experiences, including a memorable grasshopper plague chapter.
  3. The characters July and Jake were highlighted for their roles in the story.