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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace (original 1868; edition 1949)

by Leo Tolstoy

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Title:War and Peace
Authors:Leo Tolstoy
Info:International Collector's Library 1949 Hardcover, 741p.
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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1868)

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It took me a long time to finish this. It is a very good book. The 2nd epilogue is Tolstoy's thoughts on history and how it is viewed. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jul 16, 2017 |
While I understand the importance of the extensive commentaries on the history that this book revolves around, it is probably just those commentaries that make the novel so difficult to get through. The actual story - the characters that one grows attached to - is excellent, a wonderful piece on humanity and what can drive individuals. The commentaries an what drives the whole - armies, for instance, or nations - is monotonous and repetitive, things beings stated time and time over again, and not even with different examples or in different forms, but simply over and over again. That beside, it was a good book. A lot of book, but a good book. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
(1) I kept telling myself I would never read this book because of its daunting size and because I would never have the time. I also wanted to take a look at the most recent BBC adaptation of this book, but hate watching something I haven't read the book of. And I realized that now, in this break before library school begins, I've got the time, and so I finished off all the books that I had on the go and was prepared to devote all of April to it. It only took half the expected time.

(2) This book is so good, and this review is going to be long because there's way too much to talk about with it. This book is so good. Wonderfully real characters, you're reading less of a story, more of a life, several lives. Beautiful prose, beautiful construction, and it actually clips along at a good speed because the chapters within each part within each volume are fairly brief, and because you're always so curious as to what is going to happen next. Curious in part because things keep getting messed up and going in not the way stories are supposed to go. Pierre is not supposed to be with Helene. Anyone who reads books knows that this can't be. But how is he going to get out of the marriage? Will it be his doing? Will it be hers? Will there be a taint of divorce, or something that might prevent him from marrying a respectable girl? We need to know, and we know it will happen, but there's so much ahead that it takes a realistic amount of time for those obstructions to become free.

(3) Prince Andrei. Oh man, he was my favourite character, especially when he was at his most stupid and selfish, because it was so honest. His original desire for glory, to be cured of boredom; realising he had it all the wrong way around; realising he only cares about his immediate circle, but cares about them deeply; realising alternately that there might be a god or might not be; saying stupid stuff about how peasants need to work in this kind of essentialist and classist tone, but at the same time being the talk of society for freeing his serfs way ahead of anyone else. All these contradictory elements, all these developments, growths that sometimes are actually retreats, and I know that he's far from the best person and that's what I love about him. I was so upset when his death was announced, almost off-hand, in a report to Pierre. I was thrilled when we found out he was still holding on to life--even though he still died--because he couldn't go to the grave in that manic mode full of love that he'd been caught up in on the doctor's table. It was a beautiful hysteria, don't get me wrong, but a) Prince Andrei needed time to process, evaluate, come to terms with his inevitable death, and b) I needed time to process, evaluate, and come to terms with his inevitable death.

(4) The Rostovs! I love them. They've got a whole pack of children and more joy than sense and I could see my family in that, in the joy that they all have in each other. All of them felt precious to me (perhaps minus poor Vera? who we never get to know), and I was gutted but not surprised at Petya's death. He was the baby of the family, and he was too sweet and had too much to prove. Obviously he was going to die. We knew it when Countess Rostov got scared about both her sons going to war, we knew one of them had to die, really. And then here comes Petya, disobeying orders to stay with Denisov's regiment, talking about sweet raisins, sharing everything, wanting to be a man, having his sword sharpened for the first time, wanting to save and befriend the French boy prisoner, and we know. We all know what's going to happen to him. But still, Petya. And Denisov just sobbing about it. Ah. My heart.

(5) This is such a large sprawling book, it's hard to tell from the start what it will contain, or even who it will be about. Prince Vassily, the first person we meet, doesn't move the plot much after Helene marries Pierre and we can almost forget about him. I thought Boris was going to figure way more in the later parts, perhaps even that he would be a match for Princess Marya, but he also drops out to a large extent. The dark horse in this business for me was Denisov, who I wouldn't say I ever expected to hear much more from, but who I constantly enjoyed every time he figured in the narrative again.

(6) I had to defend my choice to read this book a few times. It is daunting, it might seem pretentious, it might seem like people only read it in order to have read it and to claim their place as the Alpha Reader. And I might be a little guilty of the last, but really, this book has the war and peace and love and death you might expect, but it also has duels, MASONIC RITUALS, NAPOLEON, wolf hunts, people who are reported dead and SUDDENLY COME BACK, not to mention bears (and the policemen tied to them). I felt so invested in all the characters and their stories, honestly I didn't want this book to end. It reminded me of [b:Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell|14201|Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell|Susanna Clarke|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1357027589s/14201.jpg|3921305] in that it's quite a long read, and yet I was left feeling bereft that it was over and that I had to say goodbye to it all.

(7) This book (in another edition) sat on one of our living-room bookshelves throughout my life. My dad really likes Russian novels and this one had pride of place among them, though it may just have seemed that way since it was so massive. I just always remember it. A spine that had faded pink, and this title, "WAR AND PEACE", that seemed to contain just everything. I would read over all the titles on those shelves, but came back to that one all the time, because it seemed so clear and yet also such an enigma. I later understood its place and the general opinion of it (confirming my inferences of its importance). Then my older sister read it one summer when she had that camp job where she got to read all the time and got paid good money in cash. (Good job, that one.) My dad has read it three times. It's his favourite book. To me there was a sense that this is a family book, and I feel closer with my dad after having read it, reading his copy of it.

(8) What a disappointing final note for the characters (though weirdly, not the fates, which seem from a distant glance to be everything you want) of Nikolai and Natasha! Nikolai prone to fits of anger, disdainful towards his little Nikolenka, and short and snippy with Marya who doesn't deserve that. He's better than her father Nikolai, but he just seems like an uncharacteristic arse. But he's not the only one uncharacteristic. Natasha, we think she must be happy, but she doesn't sing any more and her life seems to me so dismal now. These two scintillating children have lost all their shine. I suppose I didn't come to this book to have every story wrapped up in a pretty little bow but it seemed out of character, the way their personalities were described in the final episode. All you can hope is that in their lives after things continue to evolve and change and restore to a better state. While I'm in the epilogue, I won't deny my eyes pricked when Marya calls her son by "Andryusha." I mean, of course the kid would be named after Andrei! What could be more expected! And yet, the feelings. The feelings in this book. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Written over a hundred years ago. it remains an absolute classic story so well-written. the characters, so individual and so well defined it was a pleasure taking the trip through all their happiness, pain and loss. It was an emotional Journey. I have to say I laughed, I cried and with the battle scenes( although not exactly my cup of tea) had me fearing for their safety. War and Peace has definitely proven that the test of time has not diminished the greatness of this novel. It is definitely long but the journey was well worth it! ( )
  booklovers2 | Mar 29, 2017 |
Woohoo! I finished! It was an interesting and enjoyable story, and much easier to read than I expected. But it was reeeally long! It will probably be awhile before I read another Russian novel, but I wouldn't say 'no' to it :) ( )
  TerriS | Mar 28, 2017 |
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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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[Note: This review refers mainly to the Pevear-Volokhonsky translation in comparison to other translations.]

The Russian language is the real hero of Tolstoy’s masterpiece; it is his voice of truth. The English-speaking world is indebted to these two magnificent translators, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, for revealing more of its hidden riches than any who have tried to translate the book before.

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"Well, Prince, Genoa and Lucca are now no more than private estates of the Bonaparte family."
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War is not a polite recreation but the vilest thing in life, and we ought to understand that and not play at war.
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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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