There is something about War and Peace. When people tell you that they have read War and Peace it is like they have accomplished some feat everyone wants too. This book is the holy grail of reading. It isn’t just the length of the book (my copy tops out at 1358 pages) but also the complexity.
When I made my bucket list of books this was the first book I read off it. Like many people it was something that I just had to do and I thought it would be a great way to start off.
I have to say this book is not for the light of heart. If you do not enjoy reading I would not recommend this book. I think to truly appreciate a book like War and Peace you have to love reading. It really is a piece of art.
The book is a great story of love, sacrifice and death during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The book takes place between St. Petersberg, the countryside, and Napoleon’s army.
The book is beautifully written. Leo Tolstoy is an incredible writer that is seen through all of his work. He creates complex characters that you can help but feel like you are a part of. He creates emotion in a way that you feel what a character is going through. The mark of a great writer.
The main reason I would not recommend War and Peace to people that do not enjoy reading is because of the books complexity. There are many different characters in this book, and many of them are incredibly important to the story line. At the beginning of the book it is really hard to follow who is who, and how they are connected. Many of their names are similar which makes this even harder. I really struggled through the first part of the book and I kept having to go back to find out how the characters fit into the story. This got much easier as the book goes, but it is challenging in the beginning.
On the front on my copy there is a quote from Simon Schama which states “Love and battle, terror and desire, life and death. It’s a book that you don’t just read. You live.” This can’t be more true. If you decide to take the time and pick up this incredible novel, all I can say is when you finish it you will feel like you really did accomplish something. Maybe that is why there is so much hype around finishing this book.
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