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ISBN: 0140444173

ISBN13: 9780140444179

War and Peace

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Few would dispute the claim of War and Peace to be regarded as the greatest novel in any language. This massive chronicle, to which Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) devoted five whole years shortly after his marriage, portrays Russian family life during and after the Napoleonic war. Tolstoy's faith in life and his piercing insight lend universality to a work which holds the mirror up to nature as truly as those of Shakespeare or Homer."

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If You Only Read One Book in Your Life.....

I heard a professor say that if you only read one book in your life, it ought to be "War and Peace." And I believe he's right. Reading a chapter or two a day, it took me months, but it was a most rewarding experience. To my surprise, the novel was not plodding and obtuse, like many classics. Instead, I found it enjoyable, endearing and informative. It tells the tale of several noble Russian families and how they intertwine during a restive period in Russian history. It also describes in great detail various battles and the personages involved, some fictional, some not. As a story, it had suspense, very well-defined characters, action and interesting plot turns. The book also contained essays by Tolstoy on the forces of history and other matters -- which I tended to skip over. But, now having completed this singular work, I feel enriched and satisfied. I'm no expert, but if someone tells me this is the greatest novel ever written, they won't get any argument from me.

Not Just for the Literary Elite

What's left to say about a book that more than any other is often called the greatest novel ever written? Some readers may avoid such enormously famous works due to intimidation or to a jaded (and unjustified) familiarity. To such folks, I say, pretend you never heard of the book except from a trusted friend who's recommending this book as a `sweeping saga of war-time Russia and its gentry class during tumultuous times' (or other such book cover blurb) and dive in. You'll be rewarded with leaving your accidental life and experiencing the company of people whose lives you'll care deeply about: Prince Andrei, Natasha, Nikolai, Pierre, and a host of others. No doubt you've heard of the huge number of characters in the book and that readers should jot down notes to understand what's going on. Yes, there are many people in the book but the main characters are a manageable number and most people reading for pleasure will do fine without notekeeping. And the book is long but so is the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Unforgettable characters, magnificent battle scenes, adultery, philosophical ruminations, and even some chick-flick tear jerker scenes - what more can a reader ask for?

Exciting! Beautiful translation in modern, flowing English!

Just want to write a short review. I agree with the other reviewer, Brady. I bought the book a couple of days ago and have been reading it non-stop! All the passages in the other translations that left me scratching my head have all come alive! I've always wondered, for example, why Tolstoy would describe Andrey and Boris as "looking more manly"--now I know he means they look "more mature"! KUDOS to Anthony Briggs!

War and Peace

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy is a very involving and intricate novel about the struggle for victory between the French and the Russians with more of a focus on the private lives of the Russians. The story is extremely interesting and thought provoking, but you should only try to read it if you have a lot of free time on your hands. If you have the time and patience I suggest that you read this book. This book shows the every day struggle that comes from a war whether you are a soldier, poor man, or rich land lord, and that it effects everyone equally. The book follows numerous people through out the book and doesn't focus on one perticular person, but it does tell what happens to many different people. The story is a very hard to read book and if you don't stick with it and try to tough it out you'll have to start over continually, so if you want to read this book just keep at it and you'll get it. I really hope you'll read it because it is a really good and interesting book.

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