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War and Peace (1868)

by Leo Tolstoy

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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle--all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: "To read him . . . is to find one' s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane."… (more)
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    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (chrisharpe)
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    History by Elsa Morante (roby72)
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    August 1914 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (ukh)
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    La Lumière des justes by Henri Troyat (Eustrabirbeonne)
    Eustrabirbeonne: Well, Henri Troyat is no Tolstoy of course, and he did not pretend he was : he described himself as a mere "storyteller". Yet some of his fiction is real good, and this "cycle" is certainly his best. And of course, Russian-born Lev Aslanovich Tarasov had in mind the never-written sequel to "War and Peace" about the Decembrist uprising, which Tolstoy initiates in the final chapters of "War and Peace" with his hints at Pierre's active participation in a "society". Would Natasha, already a mother of four in 1820, have left her children behind to follow Pierre in Siberia, as other convicts' wives did?… (more)
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    The Dynasts by Thomas Hardy (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: Hardy's "Immanent Will" has much in common with Tolstoy's historical determinism. Personally, I'm in that probably quite small minority that prefers The Dynasts over Tolstoy's novel – partly because I find in Hardy's "The Road to Waterloo" scene (3.VI.vii) one of the greatest of antiwar poems.… (more)
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    They Were Counted by Miklós Bánffy (WirSindAlive)
    WirSindAlive: Both works share the thrilling stories in a the historical setting of the hight aristocracy, mixed with some political backgroungd.
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    The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy (BINDINGSTHATLAST)
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    Los mas bellos cuentos rusos. Prologo con resena critica de la obra, vida y obra del autor, y marco historico. (Spanish Edition) by Alexander Pushkin (carajava)
    carajava: Es muy recomendable despues o, en todo caso antes de leer guerra y paz, puesto que, mejorarà tu forma de ver el mundo donde viviàn los rusos, comprenderlo y razonar sus precarias situaciònes.
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    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (fulner)
    fulner: rich people sit around and talk about war as if it didn't matter
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    Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (chrisharpe)
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 75 Books Challenge for 2011: War and Peace Group Read 2011 - Vol 2, Part III6 unread / 6EMS_24, June 2021
 75 Books Challenge for 2017: Group read: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy33 unread / 33Storeetllr, February 2017
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Ci sono due elementi che mi impediscono di amare alla follia Guerra e pace: il primo riguarda i personaggi, mentre il secondo ha a che fare con le idee di Tolstoj (e non solo perché ha scritto tipo duecento pagine su quanto fosse detestabile Napoleone: avremmo capito anche con meno pagine che non lo sopportava, ecco).

Sul primo punto, devo dire di essere una lettrice in cerca di personaggi ribelli: leggermi millequattrocento pagine di gente che si fa milioni di problemi nel cercare di aderire all’ideale che in quel momento le sembra il paradigma al quale aspirare mi ha fatto venire il latte alle ginocchia. Tra Pierre e Bolkonskij non so chi avrei strozzato più volentieri (e mi fa molto ridere il fatto che nell’introduzione alla mia edizione si affermi che Pierre è il personaggio che più di tutti attira le simpatie dellǝ lettorǝ).

Sulle idee di Tolstoj – manco a dirlo – ho trovato insopportabile, e a tratti addirittura ridicolo, il determinismo che permea Guerra e pace. Voglio dire, Pierre non ha sposato Hélène perché era scritto che doveva andare così; l’ha sposata perché è un coglione che dovrebbe smettere di usare il destino come scusa per giustificare qualunque bischerata gli capiti di fare.

In secondo luogo, la concezione delle donne di Tolstoj è terrificante. Lo so che è un romanzo dell’Ottocento e badabim e badabam, ma a volte la ragione non è sufficiente a farti passare il fastidio provato davanti a ciò che stai leggendo. Penso che il personaggio che ha attirato di più la mia simpatia sia Natasha: prima con la faccenda con Bolkonskij, che mi è sembrata molto surreale; poi con l’uomo che finisce per sposare – mamma mia, che tristezza.

Eppure, nonostante tutto questo, ho macinato pagine su pagine di Guerra e pace senza particolari difficoltà perché la capacità di Tolstoj di caratterizzare i suoi personaggi è tale da far passare in secondo piano ogni discrepanza e da farteli ricordare anche se sono una miriade. Quindi il mio consiglio è di leggerlo, senza paura per la mole (Tolstoj scorre come l’acqua) e senza temere i pippotti su Napoleone (che a una certa sembrano mattonate sulle dita dei piedi, ma poi finiscono, dai). ( )
  Baylee_Lasiepedimore | May 13, 2022 |
Bottom line: worth reading, with characters you can really and truly love. Beautifully written (I read Constance Garnett's translation), insightful, and moving at times. It is rather repetitive but I guess that's Tolstoy and there's a reason for it. I feel like this book really took me to a very real and very different time and place, and that's what we're here for, isn't it? ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
There are many lists of "The 100 Best Books Ever Written," or, "Fifty Books You Should Read before You Die," and lists similar to these that show War and Peace as the number 1 best book ever. And there are other similar lists which list something else. Those latter lists are just plain wrong and not to be trusted or consulted.
There is nothing I could say that would add to the reams of paper others have spent talking about this marvel. But I would like to suggest a couple of tricks for a person thinking about reading it or struggling a little with reading it.
First, get a good translation of it. There are many and probably all are good, but the one that works best is one which minimizes the use of nicknames for characters and which also includes a list of characters either at the beginning of the volume or as an appendix. A "too literal" translation will tire you out and justify not completing the book.
Second, the first 100 to 125 pages are absolutely necessary to the book but they are also the place a reader might decide that the book is boring or difficult. Ignore the impulse to quit reading! You'll be glad of those first hundred pages as you move more deeply into the plot and action.
Third, my usual habit when reading a book is to have two or three going at once. I began reading War and Peace as I read two other books. I found that doing that made it more difficult to read War and Peace, harder to follow its storyline and to keep the characters straight and more likely to set the book aside.. So, drop anything else and read War and Peace all the way through and let the other books wait. (Anyway, the other books cannot possibly be a good as War and Peace and reading them along side W & P will make you less fond of them; they simply will not hold up to comparison).
Fourth, read the Wikipedia article about Napoleon before you get too far into the novel. This will help understand the actual historical timeline and give you a basis for how historians view Napoleon compared to Tolstoy's views. Frankly, I think Tolstoy's views are the better of the two.
Finally, underline, highlight, write marginal notes and keep some notes. This book is not a good one to check out from the library or attempt on an reader. And anyway, you'll want to read it again sometime later in your life. (It is one of only a half dozen that I have read three or more times, excluding, of course, the Dr. Seuss books). ( )
  PaulLoesch | Apr 2, 2022 |
Finally - did it! My favourite quote:
"Peter wurde empfangen wie ein Pestkranker!" ( )
  iffland | Mar 19, 2022 |
Here's what I wrote after reading in 1984: "Of course it's about the Napoleanic Wars of the early 19th century. Of course it's about the Russian people. Natasha, so full of, and responsive to, life. Pierre and Prince Andrei, both self-searching and striving for inner excellence. Do the "laws of space, time and cause" direct the individual and thus form history as Tolstoy suggests?" Interesting, Tolstoy did not consider this a novel; a writing filled with philosophy and history. New York Public Library NYPL says about the three main characters: "as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving and human figures in world literature." ( )
  MGADMJK | Dec 9, 2021 |
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The novel is not just a masterclass in fiction, Ms Li believes, but a remedy for distress. At the most difficult times in her life, she says, she has turned to it again and again, reassured by its “solidity” in the face of uncertainty.
added by tim.taylor | editThe Economist (Apr 25, 2020)
 
I had it on my desk for about a year, and now I've given up and put it back on the shelf.
added by Sylak | editStylist [Issue 338], Paula Hawkins (Oct 12, 2016)
 
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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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle--all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: "To read him . . . is to find one' s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane."

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There's a bear in there
and people as well. Stories
to tell, and a war.
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