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War & Peace

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I've just been flicking through some older threads, and this one caught my eye. Personally, I've never read it, but I was wondering how many people, and how many gave up.

 

And if you did read it, or attempt it, was it because it was a school book, you were curious, or it was just one of those books you thought you should try?!

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I haven't read it and don't really intend to, but I did read Tolstoy's other biggie (albeit about half-as-biggie) Anna Karenina last year and found it much more accessible than I expected. I also read his tiny novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich earlier this year and thought it absolutely wonderful.

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I tried when I was a teenager and got very lost after about 100 pages, confused particularly by remembering which count or baron or whatever was which, particularly as they switch between proper name and the russian patronymic.

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