War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Different, long, complex but unique!!!!
War and Peace is different. It doesn’t care if it has potential readers – its author was a complicated, fallible man, but he created a great monstrous living monument, a thing that is so brutally and ineluctably itself that its readers are presented with two and only two options: quit after the first thirty pages, or undergo the entire book, as a moral, even as a physical thing that happens to the reader. Tolstoy enthusiasts are apt to say the reading experience he presents in War and Peace is unique in this regard.There is, after all, nothing new under the sun – but there is nonetheless only an impressive single precedent: Homer’s Iliad.