An incredible portrait of family life and all the joys and heartache relationships entail. From lovers to friends, parents to children - each relationship is wonderfully captured. Places are described so well you can imagine you are there.
The only downside to this translation is that it contains an introduction that, while well written, will completely spoil the book if you don't know what happens in the story! Read the introductions AFTER you've read the book. Obviously the preface writer assumes that one must be a bit of a pleb not to know what happens (as it is such a famous novel).