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War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy
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The most famous—and perhaps greatest—novel of all time, Tolstoy’s War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. ... More > Among 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. The 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.< Less
War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy
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War and Peace, a Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy, is considered one of the most celebrated works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina (1873–1877), as Tolstoy's finest literary... More > achievement.< Less
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The novel begins in the year 1805 during the reign of Tsar Alexander I and leads up to the 1812 French invasion of Russia by Napoleon. The era of Catherine the Great (from 1762–1796), when the... More > royal court in Paris was the centre of western European civilization, is still fresh in the minds of older people. Catherine, fluent in French and wishing to reshape Russia into a great European nation, made French the language of her royal court. For the next one hundred years, it became a social requirement for members of the Russian nobility to speak French and understand French culture. This historical and cultural context in the aristocracy is reflected in War and Peace.< Less
War And Peace By Leon Bourke
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This book is directed to the non-Catholics, in the hope of soliciting their devotion to the Mother of God, in order to hasten the day when the Pope and his bishops will perform the simple and short... More > ceremony of consecrating Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Such a simple act to spare mankind from a horrible catastrophe! God asks so little for all the love He bestows on the human race.< Less
War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy
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This edition includes: Biography of Tolstoy List of principal characters Bibliography Reading Guide Questions Isaac Babel said, after reading War and Peace, "If the world could write by itself,... More > it would write like Tolstoy." Perhaps the greatest of all novels. Tolstoy's War and Peace covers the involvement of Russia in the wars of Napoleon, but is also one of the greatest love stories ever written. This edition is based on the translation by Aylmer Maude (1858–1938) and Louise Maude (1855–1939). In Tolstoy’s own assessment “Better translators …could not be invented.”< Less
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Epic in scale, this is one of the world's greatest novels and chronicles five families before and during the French invasion of Russia.
War and Peace! By Ronald Pattinson
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War! Peace! Two books that so enraptured the public they sold literally a couple of copies. Now these two blockbuster books are busting out of the blocks full of bluster. Printed on the highest... More > quality toilet paper, this book will last for seconds, possibly even minutes. Unless you should open or attempt read it. Your glances could easily fade the the print into illegibility.< Less
War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy
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War and Peace is generally thought to be one of the greatest novels ever written, remarkable for its dramatic breadth and unity. Its vast canvas includes 580 characters, many historical with others... More > fictional. The story moves from family life to the headquarters of Napoleon, from the court of Alexander I of Russia to the battlefields of Austerlitz and Borodino. Tolstoy's original idea for the novel was to investigate the causes of the Decembrist revolt, to which it refers only in the last chapters, from which can be deduced that Andrei Bolkonski's son will become one of the Decembrists. The novel explores Tolstoy's theory of history, and in particular the insignificance of individuals such as Napoleon and Alexander. Somewhat surprisingly, Tolstoy did not consider War and Peace to be a novel (nor did he consider many of the great Russian fictions written at that time to be novels).< Less
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War and Peace tells the story of five aristocratic families—the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Kuragins and the Drubetskoys—and the entanglements of their personal lives with... More > the then contemporary history of 1805 to 1813, principally Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. The Bezukhovs, while very rich, are a fragmented family as the old Count, Kirill Vladimirovich, has fathered dozens of illegitimate sons. The Bolkonskys are an old established and wealthy family based at Bald Hills. Old Prince Bolkonsky, Nikolai Andreevich, served as a general under Catherine the Great, in earlier wars. The Moscow Rostovs have many estates, but never enough cash. They are a closely knit, loving family who live for the moment regardless of their financial situation. The Kuragin family has three children, who are all of questionable character. The Drubetskoy family is of impoverished nobility, and consists of an elderly mother and her only son, Boris, whom she wishes to push up the career ladder ...< Less
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Eschewing the "great man" theory of history, Tolstoy shows how events are determined by large numbers of people whose actions coalesce at any moment in history to determine the course of... More > events. Arguing that the closer people are to a situation the more they believe they have exercised free will, and the farther away people are from that situation the more they realize that their actions were already determined by past events, Tolstoy demonstrates the theory by means of the characters and actions. As the title suggests, the novel is built upon a series of contrasts. Tolstoy balances nonmilitary actions with military actions even to the point of interweaving peaceful interludes during the time that all Russia is at war. Balanced also are alternations in mood: Rapture is balanced with despair, joy with care and trouble, and death with birth.< Less