War And Peace,
This review is from: War and Peace (Paperback)
Many people are daunted by the length of this book and the chapters on the military battles that are supposedly boring. The book is long but it is very easy to read. It is a sure fire way into human nature in all its foibles and glories ...to get the full impact
you need to read the battle scenes as they are meant -promise- to be about the people not the only the battles. Don't be afraid to know the structure, plot, outcome. Many people who know the story still reread the book many times. Diplomacy, duplicity, love, jealousy and envy,
magic, elegance, the whole of life is there for you if you dare. Plot yourself a course - read with a pencil or pen and write in the book if you feel like it. This time I have taken almost 3 months of steady reading and listening on Audible as well - from 20 minutes to 3 hours at a time... I hope someday to take a week and totally immerse myself in it. The complexities and nuances of the relationships make it a worthwhile t revisit. Even if you don't read it twice, it will still change the way you view life....Then have a go with Anna Karenina - it feels like a sequel - and is (almost) as good.
These two books are on my of my favourite books list - my top ten - and I have tremendous admiration for Tolstoy. Don't be put off by the pettiness of the gossip that surrounds him. Know that his thinking influenced much of the development of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. to name just two.
And treat yourself to the BBC version on DVD or, better still, Sergei Bondarchuk's amazing, lavish Russian DVD.