Essential Russian novel
Doorstop-sized paperback, and if you are at all interested in Russian literature, you ought to plough through this complex tale of the Napoleonic wars as seen from the Russian side. There are dreadful, decadent aristocrats, generals of doubtful competence, the well-meaning hero Pierre, slave-like serfs, and Tolstoy's mercilessly portrayed juvenile lead Natasha, possessing no attribute except fluttering prettiness. A prototype Disney princess?
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Great Classic, by famous Russian author. Historically a fasinating insight into life in imperial Russia in the last century, heavy going at times, and hard to finish, but brilliant as a doorstop.