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Aug 20, 2007, 8:51pm Top

I am about to start reading war and peace and read the suggestion of finding a character or family tree to help keep all the characters straight. I googled it and wasn't able to find one. I was hoping someone else knew of a site.

Aug 20, 2007, 10:50pm Top

I don't have time to search for you, but you could start at SparkNotes.

www.sparknotes.com then go to literature, War and Peace. There's lots of helpful stuff there, including a character list (but not a tree)

Aug 22, 2007, 11:01am Top

My copy had a character list by family grouping in the front of the book. I would think that would be sufficient, but I don't think the characters are that difficult to keep track of.

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Oct 29, 2007, 5:21am Top

You could also take paper and pencil and design your own tree while you're reading the book. My copy had a list of personae but no tree, and I didn't find it very useful - maybe it was just a bad list.

I disagree with SaraHope, the characters (especially the minor ones) are sometimes hard to remember, especially since they are called by different names. Though in War & Peace it was less of a problem than in Anna Karenina.

Nov 27, 2007, 6:19am Top

Thank you for that suggestion - I have downloaded a copy using Adobe. You can also look at the pages online.

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