A thoroughly profound historical novel — or rather, a whole series of novels in one tome — that depicts Napoleon’s campaigns into Russia and the life of Russian nobility during those times, and offers a lot of insight into both war and peace, convincingly arguing how all men — no matter how apparently great — are just puppets of history.
|Interesting, profound characters||Incredibly long and slowly paced|
|Realistic and hilariously sarcastic depictions of war||The parts of peace don’t feel as profound or interesting as the parts of war|
|A very strong, profound story|
|Enlightening on both Russian and French cultures|
|Enlightening on Napoleonic wars|
|Thought-provoking on the nature of war|
|Thought-provoking on the power of individuals in the context of history|