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It may be a poor translation, but...
13 August 2016
It may be a poor translation, but War and Peace is not gripping. The language is pretentious and even the battle scenes are tedious. The Introduction 'Give War and Peace a Chance' is another novel-length piece, so I had already read a full length book before starting what is recognised as the longest piece of literature in the world. I am quite a fast reader, but I am still only about half way through. The characters are not sympathetic, and certainly the descriptions of their personalities and physical features doesn't make them sound like pleasant people, even the hero and heroine.