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A classic worth revisiting. Go for it!
am 31. Januar 2016
I read this many years ago, and after the recent hype decided I could do it again. This Kindle edition has footnotes after each chapter to explain the background of the war and the relationships of the characters, very useful indeed. Tolstoy keeps the action moving and his people grow and mature. There are mysterious hints in the background of things they couldn't write explicitly in those days.
It was written as a historic novel; the wartime events were known to readers. So the glittering parties and opulent lifestyles, the defeats and victories, the vastness of the Russian campaign, and of course the outcome were legendary.
With a cast of thousands it's sometimes hard to keep up. There are maps and lists at the end.