Monday, November 27, 2023

Week #48 – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Welcome to 2023!  On Mondays this year, let’s discuss and have fun with books. No I’m not writing book reviews. But this website is for writers, and writers like books right? So let’s have FUN with books!

Week #48 – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, 1869

Set in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars beginning in 1812, the book mixes fiction with chapters discussing history and philosophy. It details the French invasion of Russia and its aftermath through narratives following five Russian aristocratic families. It is 587,287 words.

You can read it here

Famous quote: “All we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the highest degree of human wisdom.”

It was made into a film in 1956

Books with more than 400,000 words:

418,053 – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
445,134 – It by Stephen King
455,125 – The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
471,485 – The Stand by Stephen King
530,982 – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
561,996 – Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
587,287 – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Here are word counts of popular books

Have you read any books with a high word count? Have you WRITTEN any books with a high word count? Tell us in the comments!

1 comment:

Kate Larkindale said...

I've actually read all of War and Peace. I studied Russian Literature at college and had to read it. Liked the peace way more than the war....