War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Three months and many painful reading hours later I got to the end of this monumental masterpiece and I can proudly say "I did it!"
I was very sad to let go of Natasha Rostova, Princess Mary and their crew. I grew close to this crazy writing style, the weird nineteenth century Russian lifestyle and while I found it hard to go through the War section in book one I could barely read anything else without finding it shallow and useless to nurture my brain by the time I reached book two.
My advice? Get the book on your Kindle and read 1% a day. This will save you from getting stuck and will allow you to read other books at the same time. It makes it easier to survive the tough parts you are not enjoying, it makes it more exciting when you are in the middle of some gripping adventure and you are forced to wait until tomorrow to find out what happens next.
Tolstoy is the lion of the Russian literature, everybody should read it, especially wanna-be writers who are trying to find their own voice. Here's an author who definitely didn't fear putting down his thoughts and feelings.
Now I know why every famous author insists on reading the classics. On to the next one, Kafka here we go!
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