War & Peace

War & Peace

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by Leo Tolstoy

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War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877).

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War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877).

War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version of the novel, then known as The Year 1805, were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867. The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it was "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle." Large sections of the work, especially in the later chapters, are philosophical discussion rather than narrative. He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standard norms and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel. (Instead, Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina his first true novel.)

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Daily Gazette - Paul Geiser
I'm suprised not to see anyone mention Louise and Aylmer Maude
translation of this masterful work. Their translation, published by Lions Gate Classics, is really quite good, and reads smoothly, and it seems accurate to what Tolstoy would have considered his message. I highly recommend this translation of War and Peace.

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Meet the Author

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy; known in the Anglosphere as Leo Tolstoy; September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.

His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 9, 1828
Date of Death:
November 20, 1910
Place of Birth:
Tula Province, Russia
Place of Death:
Astapovo, Russia
Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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War & Peace 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the complete book, i have read other reviews from other books and the said there NOOK books were incomplete. I first found this book in the library and didn't think much of it: a small, worn thing, bound in battered blue leather. Nothing but the faded gilt words of the title on the front. I vaguely remembered that there was a movie made about it, but I had no idea what the story was about. Little did I know, it turned out to be a deeply moving coming-of-age story, on par with The Catcher in the Rye and The Wars. It's the story of a twenty-year-old soldier, not much more than a boy, who struggles between his duty as a soldier and his own value for life, regardless of which side of the trenches it comes from. The novel is quietly poignant and at times devastating, with moments of beauty and horror that could only have been told by someone as an actual witness of that war. A true classic.
sm0818 More than 1 year ago
I liked War and Peace. I may have actually liked the idea of reading and being able to say I read War and Peace more than I actually enjoyed reading it. I liked the storyline, but I wasn’t ready for all of the philosophy Leo Tolstoy talked about. I thought the characters were great. I thought their lives were very interesting and I loved who they all intertwined. Although there were a lot of characters, by the end I was able to keep them all straight. At first the book was confusing because I got the characters confused but once I straightened them out, I liked the characters. I was never able to guess what was going to happen in the book. The plot was very interesting. Whenever I thought a person was going to do something but then they didn’t. Whenever I thought someone was going to fall in love with this person, they fell in love with another person. I would recommend this book to someone who either really likes philosophy or an adult. While I liked the storyline, many chapters were full of battle plans and strategy or philosophy. I would probably not recommend this book to a high scholar because it is very long and can be dreary sometimes. My favorite part was the First Epilogue because some very interesting things happened then. I would give this book an 7 out of 10. I wouldn’t recommend this book more for guys or girls. This book is very gender friendly because it has love and wars in it. The bad parts to the book in my opinion was the length of the book (about one thousand one hundred ten pages), the philosophic parts of the books (about 4 or 5 chapters full), and the battle descriptions and the battle strategy part of the book (about another 4 or 5 chapters full). The positive to the book was the story line. There were many people who find true love, great battles with cannons and guns, and great many important people in the book. It talks about the great Tsar Alexander, and how he was loved yet very young among his people. It talks about the richest people in Russia and, the poorest. It’s about love and hate. War and Peace is full of young people and old people. This book is literally about war and peace and is wonderful because of that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty hard book to read espeically if your 12 years old like me because you have to be very prepared for what will happen and also hard ro read becuase ir rakes a lot of understanding and knowing many words. But still its a great book that really does touch me and make me realize that ar does effect the human spirit... ( im reading this at school)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good and easy read. It was very interrsting and emotional as you learn more about pauls journey. I love it and reccomend it to anyone.
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