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.