"I read her 'War & Peace'"

War and Peace (1869) is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy.  It is considered to be a great work of canonical fiction; epic, detailed and extremely long, it depicts events leading up to the French invasion of Russia in 1812 and its subsequent impact, as experienced by five aristocratic Russian families.  Tolstoy’s meticulous research is evident throughout the novel, and it is another text notable for its development of Realism.  An interesting feature of the book is that, in its original form, it contained portions of dialogue in French alongside the narrative Russian voice.  This is authentic, as at the time the Russian aristocracy often conversed with each other in French.