One of my favorite novels of all time. I read it in 2001 in China. I had a lot of quiet evenings, and it was a treat.
Anna Karenina is very good, but War and Peace transcends. My favorite thing about Tolstoy, is his ability to bring you into the thoughts of distinct people with distinct ideas, and make you empathize with them.
I have been waiting to read it again.
The second part of the epilogue has largely impacted my historical thinking. That is a must read.