War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Read War and Peace Online Free - Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirees alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed.

The prodigious cast of characters, seem to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy's portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them.



Title : War and Peace
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ISBN : 0192833987
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 1392 pages


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Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

November 22, 2008

So, I know you've all been on edge these past two months, and since I should be studying for the social work licensing exam tonight, it seems like the perfect time to put an end to your suspense. After all my agonizing and the thoughtful suggestions below about whether I should mutilate my gorgeou...


Whitaker rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2014

When I was growing up, the conventional wisdom was that War and Peace was the sine qua non of difficult books: the scope, the length, OMG the length! Conquering this Everest was The Test of whether you were a Man/Reader. I have now read it. Thump chest and make Tarzan yell. Actually, you know chu...


Dolors rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2013

Before I turned the last page of this massive volume, which had been neglected in my bookshelves for more than six years, War and Peace was a pending task in my mental reading universe knowing it to be one of the greatest Russian or maybe simply one of the greatest novels of all times. Well, in fa...


Matt rated it ★★★☆☆

February 23, 2011

Whatever else I am, I am the type of person who reads classic novels out of a sense of obligation. Also, I must admit, out of a sense of vanity. My ego, after all, is as fragile as a goldfish and requires the constant attention of a newborn baby. Every once in awhile, it needs a little boost, and...


Michael rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017

This is one of those books that can be life-changing. I read this as a teenager and I remember exactly where I was (sitting on my bed, in my grandmother's house, in southern Germany) when I finished it. I must have spent an hour just staring out the window, in awe of the lives I'd just led, the e...


Emily May rated it ★★★★☆

May 12, 2012

So... I did it. I finally convinced myself to read War and Peace, partly because it's just something everyone wants to say they've done, and partly because one always needs a good excuse to procrastinate during the exam period when I should have been studying. And, you know what, I really enjoyed...


Jo Woolfardis rated it ★★★★☆

July 29, 2017

Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. I read this in tandem with the spectacular BBC adaptation and I will say now that this piece of literature has been heavily influenced by that wonderful piece of televisual art. It just has. It's the...


Jason rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

Love That was the one thing I thought was missing from Leo Tolstoy's title, War and Peace. I was wrong. Love is in the title, you just have to look for it. Certainly there is love in peace. It is the time of children, serenity, growth. The mother peacefully raising her children. The farmer loving...


Joshua rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2008

It is difficult, in reviewing classics, to say things about them that have not been said before. It is especially difficult when those classics are part of the literary canon; and even more difficult when those classics are not mere novels, but purposeful epics. It is in this light that reviewing...


Kelly rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2016

I tried for five months to write something more polished, less rambling. This is all I've got: "While he is alive, the morning is still fresh and dewy, the vampires sleep. But if the sun sets, if father Tolstoy dies and the last genius leaves - what then?" -Alexander Blok, as Tolstoy lay dying at A...





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