I had great hopes when I started reading this 'epic', it having been highly recommended by many friends who had read it. One of the previous reviews comments on Tolstoy's philosophical and sociological views, none of which seem to be conveyed to any extent in this longwinded attempt at storytelling. Periods of poorly described bouts of war and meaningless efforts to describe and accurately portray the interactions within the unrealistic social circles make this so-called 'classic' more like a soap opera than a work of literary genius. The inadequate manner in which the occurances in the book are described are discouraging to educated intellectuals like myself. Contrary to the opinions of other reviewers, this book seems to have very little scope, and I feel I have gained little (I have in fact wasted a great deal of time persisting with War and Peace in a valiant attempt to find some meaning in an overcomplex and occasionally ridiculous plot) in reading this sorry excuse for a book.