I'm glad I changed my mind about reading this. Russian literature was not attractive to me, but I found myself really getting into the politics even more than the people. The story itself is rather like a soap opera, pleasant enough to keep you reading, but without much direction. I personally enjoyed the character of Levin the most. I found his thinking interesting and it will probably lead me to further reading about Russian history. The other characters left me somewhat lukewarm, but at nearly 1000 pages, I still found it worth my time to read. Glad I did it, glad it's over = 3 stars.