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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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War and Peace (1868)

by Leo Tolstoy

Other authors: Aylmer Maude (Translator), Louise Maude (Translator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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75 Books Challenge for 2017 : Group read: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 33 unread / 33Storeetllr, February 2017
2016 Category Challenge : Group Read: War and Peace 189 unread / 189mathgirl40, April 2016
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Tolstoy’s versatile and effective take on everyday life is something I like.
  smallself | Feb 4, 2019 |
That's it. I'm calling it. I'm done. The Russian greats are just not for me.

To be fair, War and Peace isn't as intimidating as I expected, but still, it just wasn't for me. I could try to blame it on the fact that I think I have one of the less worthy translations, but honestly, I just found the whole experience rather boring. Hence several months were needed to actually get through the book.

I am a little disappointed, as I loved Anna Karenina (the only Russian classic I've given over three stars so far), and I am very partial to tales set during Napoleon's reign, thanks to Bernard Cornwell, so I was hoping this would grab me too. But I guess it was not to be.

I will try again at some point, but for now I'll think I'll take a break from Russian literature, as it's just not working for me. ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Jan 8, 2019 |
Three days to read this book is a long time for me. Still, I devoted almost four days to this book, including the last night I tried to read nonstop. And it paid off !!!
It is a fantastic book, though requires a degree of maturity and perseverance.

I'll confess and say that I started reading it a few years ago and I could not finish it at the time. The multiplicity of characters was weary.

In my second attempt at the book, a few days ago, this time when I was ready to have more characters than I could keep track of, and listing them on a small page and as succinctly as I could - the reading was one of the more memorable experiences.

I read in English and not in the original language (although I also understand Russian). The things that made reading difficult for me were:

* The multiplicity of characters - the drawing of a name, his connection to one of the other characters, and a theorem are indeed enough to follow.

* The scope and the number of pages - this is not something that bothered me specifically, but I suppose that might bother others - if you read a little regularly and do not hurry to the end, you do not feel the scope - the fun lasts for a long time and me it may have been an advantage.

Recommended for anyone with a drop of willpower. ( )
  JantTommason | Jan 7, 2019 |
Time for a fifth reading!

From 2009: Still my favorite after a fourth reading. It just feels like life. ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
I'm not really sure how to review this book. My copy has a brief guide to Russian naming conventions as well as a list of major characters which I referred to constantly, and they were of great assistance in following along, as are Tolstoy's incredibly short chapters. I read a surprising amount of this book just waiting for my morning ride to work.

It's an easy read. It's long, but the language isn't lofty or hard to get through. The story follows several families and their lives during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. They people change as time passes and they encounter various hardships and situations. Tolstoy has a curious way of describing even passing characters in a fashion that they wind up memorable for at least a time (though I still remember the scene with the woman with over-large front teeth).

The characters make the book. The back of the book highlights Natasha Rostov, Prince Andrew Bolkonsky, and Pierre Bezukhov, but there are many others that bring their own tales, such that two people might read the book in an entirely different fashion depending on which character stands out to them. Both my most loved and most detested literary figures come from this book. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Dec 7, 2018 |
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I had it on my desk for about a year, and now I've given up and put it back on the shelf.
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Tolstoy’s singular genius is to be able to take the torrent of conscious experience and master it. There are countless moments in the book where this happens ...
 

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Tolstoy, LeoAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maude, AylmerTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maude, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adler, MortimerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alcántara, Francisco JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Well, Prince, Genoa and Lucca are now no more than private estates of the Bonaparte family."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307266931, Hardcover)

From Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the best-selling, award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov, comes a brilliant, engaging, and eminently readable translation of Leo Tolstoy’s master epic.

War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.

Pevear and Volokhonsky have brought us this classic novel in a translation remarkable for its fidelity to Tolstoy’s style and cadence and for its energetic, accessible prose. With stunning grace and precision, this new version of War and Peace is set to become the definitive English edition.

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From Pevear and Volokhonsky, the bestselling, award-winning translators of "Anna Karenina" and "The Brothers Karamazov," comes a brilliant, engaging, and eminently readable translation of Tolstoy's master epic.

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