War and Peace

War and Peace

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'There remains the greatest of all novelists-for what else can we call the author of War And Peace? [Tolstoy's] senses, his intellect, are acute, powerful, and well nourished ... Nothing seems to escape him. Nothing glances off him unrecorded ... Every twig, every feather sticks to his magnet. He notices the blue or red of a child's frock; the way a horse shifts its tail; the sound of a cough; the action of a man trying to put his hands into pockets that have been sewn up. And what his infallible eye reports of a cough or a trick of the hands his infallible brain refers to something hidden in the character, so that we know his people, not only by the way they love and their views but also by the way they sneeze and choke.
Publisher: New York :, Modern Library,, 1994
Description: vii, 1386 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780679600848
Branch Call Number: Tols


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May 15, 2021

Although a bit lengthy I enjoyed the story and characters. However I think the strong point are his astute observations on human nature.

Jan 13, 2021

War and Peace takes place from 1805 to 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars that ravaged Europe. It primarily follows the lives of several Russian aristocratic families as they live their lives and cope with the world around them. This includes characters that go off to war and grapple with the reality of fighting and the ultimate question of what the purpose of war is. There is Pierre Bezukhov who suddenly becomes incredibly wealthy after inheriting his late father's fortune and spends time trying to seek meaning from life. In addition to this, there are romance stories, philosophical discussions, and plenty of action. Indeed, it can be hard to adequately summarize such a sweeping and long work as this.

Widely recognized as one of the greatest novels ever written, it is also infamous for being one of the longest. For me, going through my life with the usual distractions, it took a few months to make it through the whole thing. But after finishing it, I felt that it was completely worth the effort. Its length may be intimidating to many, but it is very rewarding book to read and ultimately finish.

Jul 10, 2020

1867 - 4.12

Jun 12, 2020

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Apr 22, 2020

387 pages in and not much to recommend it. Originally in 2019, , I read 542 pages and set it aside, and so now I am dedicated to finishing it and am keeping literary journal on it, as I do for all books. I started journaling a few years ago and it's a helpful strategy. Still plugging away at 560 pages. Still unimpressed.

Feb 19, 2020

You definitely need to be old enough to appreciate this book and something tells me that even in my mid-20s, there are things in this great novel that I will not fully appreciate until I am older. But this really is fantastic-- a must read for classic lit lovers.

Mar 08, 2019

I read this book when I was 13, found it really boring but when I read it about 22 years old it was the best book I read up to that point. this book really deserves more than just another random, very long long book that just sits on the self.

Dec 09, 2018

War and Peace deserves its place in the pantheon of the world's greatest books. This translation (Pevear and Volkhonsky) does not. It is an attempt to make the language more modern than it is in the classic Maude version. So we have Russian officers yelling the very American, present day command "Ten - HUT" on the battlefield, instead of "attention". A sabre in the hands of a Russian hussar becomes just a sword. In the Maude version someone who bows obsequiously becomes someone who simply bows. A new adjutant "turns red" instead of "... with a flushed face....". In short, this version strips away much of the 19th century charm of Tolstoy's style. It modernises (and in many places dumbs down) some vocabulary and sentence structure in jarring, odd ways. The Maude version remains by far the best. It was done in Tolstoy's lifetime, and he gave it his approval.

I’ve always thought this would be a daunting and difficult read – and it wasn’t. It was actually a very interesting look into Russian life during Napoleon’s time. He shows the upper class, lower class, peasants, soldiers of all ranks by weaving an exciting and interesting story. The characters are dynamic and portray Russian society at all levels. Even the names of the characters are fairly easy to follow – for a Russian novel anyway. I was very pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this book was, and I highly recommend it! (submitted by NB)

Sep 12, 2018

" On the 3rd of March every room in the English Club was abuzz with conversation and the members and guests, resplendent in uniforms or morning dress, some of them even with powdered hair and wearing Russian kaftans, were like busy bees in springtime, coming and going, siting and standing, settling together and flying apart. Powdered and liveried footmen wearing stockings and buckled shoes stood at every doorway, anxiously watching for the slightest gesture from a guest or member so they could offer their services. Most of those present were old and distinguished people with beaming, confident faces, podgy fingers, powerful gestures and strong voices." "Like any good valet Tikhon had a flair for following his master's thought." " Julie would go to her harp and play Boris the most plangent nocturnes. Boris would read aloud to her, more than once breaking down half-way through Karamzin's romantic story, POOR LIZA, choking with emotion and unable to continue."

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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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