Peter Hitchens on War and Peace.

Don’t hesitate to read it if you haven’t. You will not regret the time. It is not written in an elevated or inaccessible, or pseudo-intellectual way. Its characters are people that you know…

Oh, and there is the sadness of seeing all these people, kind and cultured by their own lights, happy in their homes and families, and knowing (as they do not) that their entire way of life will, in little more than a century, be swept away in a wave of blood, bones and hatred. Don’t bother telling me they were exploiters, and the rest of the Bolshevik defamation of the past. They were kinder by far than the supposedly just men who succeeded them, whose cruelty still marks Russia with deep furrows.

Peter Hitchens in Mail on Sunday.

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