1% done with War and Peace


The brilliance of the writing can be seen in how we are introduced to Pierre. We first meet the court gossips and learn how to “behave” so that when we do finally meet the hero of the novel we immediately see how he is different and does not follow the rules of society. This draws us into the world of the novel and is one of the ways Tolstoy makes his Russia so vivid and alive because we inhabit it with him.