Book #50: War and Peace

War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

Unarguably one of the greatest novels of all time—and one of the longest—War and Peace chronicles the build-up to Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia, as witnessed by five Russian aristocratic families. The book shows Tolstoy’s extensive historical research and fondness for detail—hence the length.

Tolstoy published the original Russian edition of the book in 1869. The version I will read is the English translation produced by Aylmer and Louise Maude, personal friends of Tolstoy. I will read the book as an electronic download. At 1,409 pages, it claims nearly ten percent of the entire project’s page count.

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