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War and Peace - Henry Gifford, Aylmer Maude, Louise Maude, Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace
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In Russia's struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Yet while his historical vision ranged beyond national frontiers, his imaginative vision focused, with extraordinary intensity, on the lives of individuals, on the physical reality of human experience and its... show more
In Russia's struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Yet while his historical vision ranged beyond national frontiers, his imaginative vision focused, with extraordinary intensity, on the lives of individuals, on the physical reality of human experience and its bewildering complexity. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, 'a complete picture', as a contemporary reviewer put it, 'of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation'.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780192833983 (0192833987)
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 1392
Edition language: English
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Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
4.0 War and Peace
I have to admit, War and Piece intimidated me. The sheer size of it, the huge cast of characters and the fact that is a russian classic (I have that weird prejudice that Russian literature is difficult to read) really made me hesitate to read this book. But since I wanted to watch the BBC miniseries...
Dem
Dem rated it
4.0 War and Peace
Tolstroy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French Invasion of Russia.I had always wanted to read this epic Novel by Tolstroy's but was completely put off by the sheer size of the book at 1350 pages. I am not a ...
Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
3.0 War and Peace
Nice mix of story and events of Napoleon. Did not know he attacked repeatedly. Typical English Lit story, set in Russia. People so bored that there is drama. Natasha loves this guy. Then this one. Then the other is dying, so she marries the third. Lots of that with the Rostov's (Nicholas deci...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 The World in a book
Henry James, not himself known for brevity of written expression, considered War and Peace a “large loose baggy monster, ” but each time I’ve read through Tolstoy’s 1000++ page rendering of the Napoleonic Wars era in Russia I’ve fallen completely under its spell. The first time, when I was in colleg...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it
5.0 Summiting Everest
An unqualified work of genius.I read Anna Karenina last year and enjoyed the philosophical aspects of that novel. Not having read much Tolstoy before, I was surprised by this aspect of his writing. In War and Peace, there is even more to contemplate in this regard. In some ways, the book is a muddle...
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