This is a GREAT novel. And I didn't read it because anyone forced me either. People try to make it out to be such an intimidating book, but the language is easy to understand (unlike say Charles Dickens or Jane Austen), after a while you get used to all the Russian names, and it's a fabulous, fascinating story.
I LOVE this book. I read it all the way back in high school because I had to, but I'm so glad I did! I loved the way it was written. I really appreciated being inside the man's head as he made the decisions he did.