75% done with The Cossacks

I wonder if after Tolstoy was done with this book someone told him, “Listen, Lev, you write well but you either need to slow down and take your time with each character or learn brevity,”.

I keep wondering what this novel would have been like had Steinbeck written it; there wouldn’t be the Olenin character, rather everything would be from the POV of a real Cossack.