War and Peace

War and Peace

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"War and Peace" is a novel whose story takes place in early 19th century Russia in the midst of Russia's War of 1812. The elaborate plot is the tale of three affluent families over a term of fifteen years throughout Russia's hostilities with Napoleonic Europe. Her early defeats are recounted along with the incident of how Napoleon fled Moscow in a weakened situation. The book begins with Pierre coming into his title of Count Bezuhov which is accompanied by tremendous wealth. As the tale progresses, Tolstoy offers his basic critique of humanity: instead of holding illustrious leaders responsible for the important events of the time, fabulous occurrences are really the effect of countless individual determinations of the common people. Kutuzov's philosophy and experience is really the ethical focus of the novel. The reader comes upon this character when he is exhausted by war and has no arrogant desire for acclaim but only a hope for the security of the nation. He acknowledges the hand of fate in deciding the war's aftermath and magnanimously understands that war is abominable but necessary. This is an impressive novel that is amazingly penetrating, specific, and sympathetic because it distinguishes the ordinary person who finds himself in difficult and conflicting circumstances. Every individual is overwhelmed by the concepts of self-control and self-gratification, of torment and rapture, of discretion and deception, and of religion and damnation. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks atchapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992.
ISBN: 9781595471987
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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gomiami1972
Jan 17, 2018

This book requires great patience due to its length. Don't look at it as a book with 1000 pages. Read 20-30 in a sitting. There are really three separate grades for this book. First, the development of the Tolstoy fictional characters I found somewhat boring. For a book almost universally lauded as a great Western classic, I was disappointed in this aspect. Second, his description of historical characters (such as Napoleon and Kutuzov) and the Napoleonic Wars was enjoyable and utterly first rate. Finally, his analysis of the ways of the historian (as a profession) is fascinating...although I disagree with several of his conclusions. Overall, 4 stars seemed appropriate. One other thing...this is a fine transliteration from Russian/translation from French, with enough original French retained to give it character.

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chloe0806
Nov 09, 2017

Just started reading this book. Its fun translating all the french. I'm already liking Tolstoy's style of writing. I hope I can make it through the whole book!

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wangbal28
Oct 19, 2017

Um do you think a middle schooler should read this? Is it suitable

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Mrucks
Sep 07, 2017

This is my favorite translation! VERY WELL DONE!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

With Napoleon declaring war on Russia, this book focuses on families of different backgrounds. With a wide variety of characters the book covers the grand scheme of things, however, it was incredibly lengthy. As loved as it was, I had the author interrupting the story to add in his own commentary on the historical events.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

This book got me interested in the Napoleonic wars with Russia for the first time, much in the same way that Gone With the Wind encouraged me to learn more about the American Civil War.

This book strangely reminded me of the Game of Thrones series - a lengthy epic full of rich characters whom you fluctuate between loving and hating.
Man, I really hated Nikolai and Princess Marya for most of the book and then they both did something I admired, then I hated them again at the end!
The treatment of cat-like-Sonya, my favorite character, is one of the biggest upsets in Classical fiction in my opinion.
Also, the War parts are as good as, and often better than, the Peace parts - which I did NOT expect. In fact I was convinced to read this largely because it was described to me as "a large bit of it takes place in drawing rooms." My favorite scene in the whole book was this description of this small Russian artillery unit shelling this little town in the middle of this awful battle, whose soldiers then got into trouble for disobeying orders even though you can tell Tolstoy thinks they were the participants most worth admiring.
Tolstoy interrupts his narrative often to comment and criticize on history and the study of history and how we remember history, which I found interesting. Did I mention I listened to this on audiobook? 60 HOURS!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A rambling mess of a novel done in a way only Tolstoy could get away with. War & Peace is peopled with an excellent cast of characters who are weaved into a story that is interesting and beautiful.

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Memawrayne
Mar 07, 2016

Wow! I can see why this is a classic. I tried to read it in college and couldn't keep the characters straight. Having viewed a televised version recently, I thought maybe I could do better with the characters and who they were. The depth and breadth that is in this book, along with Tolstoy's philosophy on different things is quite thought provoking.

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red_penguin_987
Oct 15, 2014

Long, boring book. ZZZZZZZZZ

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lockwom161
Aug 05, 2014

This is claimed to be the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, yet it appears to instead be the Constance Garnett version. Miscategorized!

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classicalcollege
May 17, 2012

This translation of War and Peace gives life to one of the best pieces of literature written by Leo Tolstoy. Anthony Briggs does a great job choosing words to convey what is being said, and nothing is vague or hard to understand. This is by far the easiest to read and understand copy of War and Peace that I have come across.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.

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