War and Peace

War and Peace

Book - 2005
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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RWar and Peace&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RLeo Tolstoy&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R &&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R New introductions commissioned from today''s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader''s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&RThe most famous--and perhaps greatest--novel of all time, &&LSTRONG&&RTolstoy&&L/B&&R''s&&L/B&&R &&LI&&RWar and Peace&&L/I&&R tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon''s invasion of Russia.&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&RAmong its many unforgettable characters is Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, a proud, dashing man who, despising the artifice of high society, joins the army to achieve glory. Badly wounded at Austerlitz, he begins to discover the emptiness of everything to which he has devoted himself. His death scene is considered one of the greatest passages in Russian literature.&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&RThe novel''s other hero, the bumbling Pierre Bezukhov, tries to find meaning in life through a series of philosophical systems that promise to resolve all questions. He at last discovers the Tolstoyan truth that wisdom is to be found not in systems but in the ordinary processes of daily life, especially in his marriage to the novel''s most memorable heroine, Natasha. &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&RBoth an intimate study of individual passions and an epic history of Russia and its people, &&LI&&RWar and Peace&&L/I&&R is nothing more or less than a complete portrait of human existence.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&R&&L/B&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RJoseph Frank&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of a five-volume study of Dostoevsky''s life and work.&&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 2005.
ISBN: 9781593080730
1593080735
Characteristics: xxxvii, 1156 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lenek, Lena
Frank, Joseph

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democard6
Jul 18, 2018

i should have read this years ago .

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gomiami1972
Jan 17, 2018

This book requires great patience due to its length. Don't look at it as a book with 1000 pages. Read 20-30 in a sitting. There are really three separate grades for this book. First, the development of the Tolstoy fictional characters I found somewhat boring. For a book almost universally lauded as a great Western classic, I was disappointed in this aspect. Second, his description of historical characters (such as Napoleon and Kutuzov) and the Napoleonic Wars was enjoyable and utterly first rate. Finally, his analysis of the ways of the historian (as a profession) is fascinating...although I disagree with several of his conclusions. Overall, 4 stars seemed appropriate.

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wangbal28
Oct 19, 2017

Um do you think a middle schooler should read this? Is it suitable

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Mrucks
Sep 07, 2017

This is my favorite translation! VERY WELL DONE!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

With Napoleon declaring war on Russia, this book focuses on families of different backgrounds. With a wide variety of characters the book covers the grand scheme of things, however, it was incredibly lengthy. As loved as it was, I had the author interrupting the story to add in his own commentary on the historical events.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 22, 2016

This book got me interested in the Napoleonic wars with Russia for the first time, much in the same way that Gone With the Wind encouraged me to learn more about the American Civil War.

This book strangely reminded me of the Game of Thrones series - a lengthy epic full of rich characters whom you fluctuate between loving and hating.
Man, I really hated Nikolai and Princess Marya for most of the book and then they both did something I admired, then I hated them again at the end!
The treatment of cat-like-Sonya, my favorite character, is one of the biggest upsets in Classical fiction in my opinion.
Also, the War parts are as good as, and often better than, the Peace parts - which I did NOT expect. In fact I was convinced to read this largely because it was described to me as "a large bit of it takes place in drawing rooms." My favorite scene in the whole book was this description of this small Russian artillery unit shelling this little town in the middle of this awful battle, whose soldiers then got into trouble for disobeying orders even though you can tell Tolstoy thinks they were the participants most worth admiring.
Tolstoy interrupts his narrative often to comment and criticize on history and the study of history and how we remember history, which I found interesting. Did I mention I listened to this on audiobook? 60 HOURS!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A rambling mess of a novel done in a way only Tolstoy could get away with. War & Peace is peopled with an excellent cast of characters who are weaved into a story that is interesting and beautiful.

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Memawrayne
Mar 07, 2016

Wow! I can see why this is a classic. I tried to read it in college and couldn't keep the characters straight. Having viewed a televised version recently, I thought maybe I could do better with the characters and who they were. The depth and breadth that is in this book, along with Tolstoy's philosophy on different things is quite thought provoking.

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red_penguin_987
Oct 15, 2014

Long, boring book. ZZZZZZZZZ

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lockwom161
Aug 05, 2014

This is claimed to be the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, yet it appears to instead be the Constance Garnett version. Miscategorized!

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classicalcollege
May 17, 2012

This translation of War and Peace gives life to one of the best pieces of literature written by Leo Tolstoy. Anthony Briggs does a great job choosing words to convey what is being said, and nothing is vague or hard to understand. This is by far the easiest to read and understand copy of War and Peace that I have come across.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.

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