I just picked up Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace from Walden Books a few days ago. Wow. This book is, well, gigantic to say the least. I'm somewhere around page 50 out of 1455 or something...Not much has happened so far, but I keep wondering to myself, do I need to already know background info on the Napoleonic era before reading this? I had to look a few things up on wikipedia to understand some of what the characters talk about. Any comments/good things/bad things here? Just want to hear your opinions. No spoilers please.