Tolstoy was a master storyteller with an uncanny grasp of human
motivation—he understood not only his characters but also his readers, and kept
the individual chapters remarkably brief. Trust that you'll soon be zipping
along, with just 1,357 or so pages to go.
In Search of Lost Time: 4,000 pages--aaagh! War and Peace: hundreds of Russian names! Moby-Dick: guy obsessed with a whale--so unlikely. Here's advice on how to tackle a tough book from three accomplished professors.