In his first posting about reading War and Peace, Brendan Wolfe quotes from a review of a recent translation:"Settle in with War and Peace for a couple of hours, and you’ll find, when you get up, that the things round and about you seem a little lackluster compared with things as Tolstoy evokes them. But you soon find yourself taking the time to look at those things around you a little more closely, because Tolstoy has shown you how."
That's well said. I've been putting off rereading War and Peace for a couple of years because I knew this translation was on the way. The upcoming winter just got a little brighter.