War & Peace

War & Peace


War & Peace | By Leo Tolstoy

Which Russian classic to read first? Start with the Daddy, the Don, the heavyweight that looms over all Russian literature – War and Peace. And don’t be daunted by its size - it’s incredibly readable, even page-turning.

So no more excuses: if you doubt your attention will hold, treat it like a series of short stories about the same varied cast of characters. If you’re worried you’ll get mixed up with the long Russian names, photocopy the list of principal characters that appears at the start of the new Vintage edition and use it as a bookmark. If you’re bored or bewildered by the ups and downs of the Russian military campaign, don’t panic, be mesmerised by the magnetic General Kutusov, and a few pages later you’ll be back in the domestic sphere of the Rostovs or enmeshed in the romantic entanglements of Pierre or Andrei.

War and Peace is rich, wise, constantly surprising, heart-breaking and hugely rewarding. When you reach the end, you’ll be amazed by how much you'll want to begin all over again.

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