2 comments on “Reading Update

  1. Napoleon did not just got close to the heart of Moscow. He’d really occupied Moscow, and stayed in Kremlin. Then Russians ignited the city and burned the biggest part of it, and Napoleon moved out of the devastated city.

    As for Paris – had you ever heard about the origin of “bistro” name for food outlet? It is Russian “quickly” – cossacks thus shouted at waiters.

    As for the religion choice – Knyaz Vladimir had a hard time choosing between vodka and polygamy. Jews had no chances at this contest, the legend says.

  2. Yes, I realised as I wrote the brief summary above I was conflating the Napoleon and Hitler stories.

    And now you mention it (it is mentioned in the book too) I think I did know the origin of bistro – I had just never associated it with Napoleon’s retreat.

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