Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Sunday, August 31, 2014

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 1869

Yesterday I completed my third read of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.  I first read it about forty years ago, and prior to yesterday I completed it on February 25, 2009.   As I finished it yesterday I wondered if I will complete it for a forth time.  

War and Peace is the consensus choice among list makers as the best novel ever written.  Adding my voice to this, I would only say if it is not then there is nothing that clearly deserves that title. It is not a difficult or obscure work,  the only obstacle it presents to some potential readers is the length.  I would suggest you try to read it through in a week or so if possible.  Many say that Tolstoy gets better as you get older.  My experience confirms this.  

I decided not to recast any of the plot,the themes etc.  if you need this information for school to avoid reading the book, check Wikipedia.  

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