Around 1500 pages
The Book argues that this book is too often seen as a test of endurance for dedicated readers rather than the masterpiece it is. I happen to see it as both. To be honest, after Remembrance of Things Past, this seems like a magazine.
Since this book is approximately a million pages long, I will not go into a lot of detail about the plot. The story follows a whole myriad of characters, including Pierre Bezukhov, a socially awkward illegitimate child, Natasha Rostova, a non socially awkward romantic, Napoleon, I assumed I don't need an explanation for, and Prince Andrey, a philosophical military officer.
Certainly you can argue that this book tends to get tedious. Particularly in the War part of War and Peace. But honestly, I didn't want it to end. There is so much depth here that I would highly recommend reading it with a friend to help unpack some of the content. Rich characters, rich experience. It's nice to know that some of these epic doorstops can be worth it. I am stressing the word "some," Herman Melville.
Any thoughts on the movie? Here's a trailer:
Praised by...well, everybody. Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, etc.
UP NEXT: He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope. It is supposed to be around 850 pages. Someone take his typewriter.