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War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy
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Publisher Description

Against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, five aristocratic families in Russia are transformed by the vagaries of life, by war, and by the intersection of their lives with each other. Hundreds of characters populate War and Peace, many of them historical persons, including Napoleon and Tsar Alexander I, and all of them come to life under Tolstoy’s deft hand.

War and Peace is generally considered to be Tolstoy’s masterpiece, a pinnacle of Russian literature, and one of history’s great novels. Tolstoy himself refused to call it that, saying it was “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle.” It contains elements of history, narrative, and philosophy, the latter increasing in quantity as the book moves towards its climax. Whatever it is called, it is a triumph whose breadth and depth is perhaps unmatched in literature.

This production restores the Russian given names that were anglicized by the Maudes in their translation, the use of Russian patronymics and diminutives that they eliminated, and Tolstoy’s original four-book structure.

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“I think this book has the greatest character development I've ever seen. Each character has so much depth and you feel like you really know them! Pierre was definitely my favorite character! I wish more people would read this book! It really isn't as intimidating as it looks! :) My biggest tip for reading this book is printing off a list of the characters with a brief explanation of them. I have a link below to the list I used from a Goodreads forum. There are some slow bits but the vast majority of it is completely captivating. The second part of the epilogue was the slowest for me as I couldn't really see how it related to the story! Maybe someday I will give this book a reread cause I know there is so much that I missed! I'm really going to miss the characters in this book, it feels like saying goodbye to old friends! I have been following them for so long and it will be really difficult to find another book like this! https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/889069-characters-without-spoilers”

About Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. That he never won is a major controversy.

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