Sunday, November 26, 2017

Terry Waite's six best books

Terry Waite was the Church of England hostage negotiator held captive in Beirut by Hezbollah from 1987 to 1991. His books include Taken On Trust and Solitude. One of Waite's six best books, as shared at the Daily Express:
WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy

A wonderful survey of the Tsarist era in Russian history and the gradual decline of the families.

It's a Russian Forsyte Saga really. The 1972 BBC production, when Anthony Hopkins played Pierre, brought it to life for me.
Read about another entry on the list.

War and Peace appears among Adrian Edmondson's six best books, Robert Newman's six best books, John Cleese's six favorite books, Kate Kellaway's ten best Christmases in literature, the Telegraph's ten best historical novels, Simon Sebag Montefiore's five top books about Moscow, Oliver Ford Davies's six best books, Stella Tillyard's four favorite historical novels, Ann Shevchenko's top ten novels set in Moscow, Karl Marlantes' top ten war stories, Niall Ferguson's five most important books, Norman Mailer's top ten works of literature, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best battles in literature, ten of the best floggings in fiction, and ten of the best literary explosions.

--Marshal Zeringue