Title: War and Peace
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Published: 1865
Language: English (translated from Russian)
Pages: 1440
Rating: 4/5

Set in nineteenth-century Russia, this is an epic tale of conflict and love, birth and death, free will and faith, war and peace.

This is, as you may know, a highly acclaimed book and slightly intimidating, not only to read, but also to review.

I think the word to describe this book is magnificent. It is a massively intricate work of art. This book manages to blend history into fiction beautifully. The writing is not difficult to follow, as one often fears with books like these. Tolstoy weaves a fine story of fictional life and real history.

There are, obviously, quite a lot of characters in this book and those took me a little while to sort out. I did love reading about the characters though, as I felt I could really picture them. I loved reading about the aristocratic society and the highs and lows of these characters lives.

However, when it comes to the level of reading enjoyment, though this book is not necessarily a struggle to get through, it takes work. If one is not interested in history or politics, I don't think this is the book to read, as there are large parts of this book that focuses solely on those topics; parts that are fascinating to read, but takes a fair bit of effort to take in and put in perspective.

This is truly an extraordinary book, and if it sounds like something you'd like, I would definitely recommend it.

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