First of all happy new year. I am glad to report that I achieved my goal of completing Volume II in time.
Volume II takes us away from the war scene. After the landmark battle of Austerlitz, peace was struck between France and Russia. Russia embarks on political reforms such as those pioneered by Napoleon (Kuwait's legal system is based on French or Napoleonic code).
Away from the battle scene, the characters of the book engage in a different sort of battle but no less intense to find meaning to their existence. In search for such meaning we witness struggles and transformations: love and hate, life and death, embrace of religion and disillusionment, work and idleness, youth and maturity.