I absolutely adored this novel and am amazed by the literary genius that must have gone into it.
It is definitely in the Top 2 Best Novels I Have Read, up there with Middlemarch!
My new favourite book; simply fantastic.
This book spans 1805-1820 during the Napoleonic wars between Russia and France. We follow such a variety of characters and how their lives are affected by this conflict, with additional messages of love, family, marriage, bravery, and how to be happy in a very imperfect world!
Even at a staggering 1215 pages, it was worth the time. Do not worry too much about the history/philosophy essays; you are well within your rights to skim and scan those sections. Focus on the wonderful characters, the lessons they learn, and above all, the phenomenal writing!
A very readable, fun, and mind-broadening book that you will completely fall in love with, despite the length.