Evan’s ESS = 7 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG (Violence, Adult Concepts, Multiple Character Overload)
Why: This may be difficult a difficult pill to swallow, but at some time or another you need to embrace War and Peace.
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Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest writers of all time and certainly the most famous Russian novelist, though Dostoyevsky is nothing to sneeze at. We’ll offer you a couple ways you can attack this, but whatever road you take this novel is long. In fact, depending on the translation, War and Peace is well over 1,400 pages. If you want to dive right in and experience the Napoleonic Wars in painstaking detail, we recommend the Richard Peaver and Larissa Volokhonsky translation, which is excellent.
For those of you that don’t have the time or the patience we recommend the abridged “original” translation which is based on some of Tolstoy’s earliest drafts. The purists will probably have our necks for saying this, but don’t feel guilty about reading the “original” version, which contains “less of the war, more of the peace”. What this actually means for the reader is a more interesting storyline and less philosophical conjecture.