58% done with War and Peace

A fair criticism of Tolstoy is his near inability to write from the peasants point of view. He, being a Count and serf owning landowner, had only a dim concept of a life other than his own and even his dealings with the peasants met with vexation on his part. Yet knowing this about himself, he turns this into a plot point with Maria and the peasants and illustrates how everyone acts foolishly and how that spreads.