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On published here in a new single volume edition which includes an introduction Война и eBook #191 by Henry Gifford and Tolstoy's important essay `Some Words about War and Peace' In this frightening isolated time let me direct you to War and Peace People resist this book they do it because it's something of a punch line as a monolithic difficult novel But this is one of the frothiest soap operas of a novel that I know of with far narrative propulsion than the excellent but sometimes slow ANNA KARENINA Two nations at war great world leaders and generals yes but also trench life and even so relevantly now the way war alters lives at home The thrills of this novel should not be spoiled but the memories are indelible a dramatic entrance in an opera house a medical seuence as harrowing as it is moving Pierre in Moscow aflame Tolstoy's creations in the book are near perfect Natasha Andrei and Pierre that most lovable of teddy bears and dozens of spectacular supporting characters intertwining in complex ways It is not a difficult book just a long one And it as spell binding and transporting reading experience that I know of Tolstoy is the ur novelist for a reason It's probably already on your shelf It's been there for years since college maybeStart it this evening Trust me

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Война и мирIn Russia's struggle with Napoleon Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind Greater than a historical chronicle War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself `a complete pictur When I was growing up the conventional wisdom was that War and Peace was the sine ua non of difficult books the scope the length OMG the length Conuering this Everest was The Test of whether you were a ManReader I have now read it Thump chest and make Tarzan yell Actually you know chump big deal The mountain really wasn't so large after all There are love affairs there is a war peace eventually returns to the Shire Russia Sorry got confused there for a minute with Lord of the Rings another 1000 page work where there are love affairs war and an eventual peace That's hardly a spoiler by the way Not unless you've been hiding under a rock and don't know that Napoleon didn't succeed in conuering Russia Which is my point With every half penny fantasy potboiler these days weighing in at several hundred kilogrammes of war and peace coughWheel of Timecough how can we still look at a book this size and feel fear 1000 pages Only Pshaw That's nuthin Spit out t'baccy chaw And yet the notion still lives on about how HARD War and Peace is So if anyone out there still buys into that is intimidated and deterred by that notion well really don't be unless of course the last thing you read was Green Eggs and Ham The thing is to my surprise I found it a rollicking good read There are star crossed lovers suicide attempts heart rending death bed scenes and battles aplenty where our heroes get knocked on the head and taken prisoner Instead of Middle Earth you get a fantasy land of wholesome loving Peasant Russia and you learn how True Self comes from Loving the Russian Soil Okay there's also the rather irritating and interminable philosophizing by Tolstoy about History and Its Causes but you got through the interminable side songs in Lord of Rings didn't you In case any of you are thinking that I'm mocking War and Peace by this comparison please note that it's not intended to be wholly facetious I loved Lord of the Rings If anything I'm mocking the awe with which we approach Great Works So yeah if you ever thought of reading War and Peace but were put off by its reputation don't be It's actually uite fun

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Война и мир Reader ✓ 1392 pages º Leo tolstoy º [Reading] ➹ Война и мир Author Leo Tolstoy – Insolpro.co.uk In Russia's struggle with Napoleon Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind Greater than a historical chronicle War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself `a compE' as a contemporary reviewer put it `of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness their grief and humiliation' Tolstoy gave his personal approval to this translati 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 experiences I'd just hadI'm now re reading this enjoying it immensely and no doubt appreciating it much than I did the first time Tolstoy has the most amazing ability to make us feel when he zooms out and examines historical events that the individual is nothing and then when he zooms in and paints intimate portraits of his characters that the individual is everything BreathtakingBy the way I'm reading the Anthony Briggs translation Penguin Classics and it's marvelous I'm uite picky when it comes to translations and this is one of the best I've readIt's in the sweeping battle scenes that Tolstoy shows how insignificant the individual really is how even generals and emperors are at the mercy of random and unpredictable events Then when Tolstoy switches to the intimate drawing room scenes the entire perspective shifts and nothing matters than the individual consciousness that he depicts The juxtaposition of these two feelings is just well geniusI'd forgotten how mystical Tolstoy gets with respect to Pierre's conversion or enlightenment or getting religion It's fascinating how Pierre becomes animated by these great ideas and that's a sign of his maturity whereas Prince Andrey matures in an almost opposite way by eschewing his former great ideas regarding military heroism and focusing instead at this point in the narrative on his baby sonThe contrapuntal movement of Pierre and Andrey's development is only highlighted when they're together debating whether one ought to try to improve people's lives Pierre or just focus on one's own happiness and leave the world alone Andrey It's actually a profound debate which then ends when Andrey beholds the vast sky again and something stirs inside him something long dormant and we as readers can't help anticipating that Andrey will be backOne of the great glories of reading War and Peace is to encounter in a novel characters struggling with serious philosophical issues not as airy abstractions but rather in terms of how they ought to live Pierre and Prince Andrey are the prime examples of this I kept thinking as I read the sections in which they struggle earnestly with such uestions that contemporary American fiction has precious little of this I wonder if it's because we've all drunk the kool aid that says show don't tell making contemporary novelists shy away from such material But this little mantra while seemingly objective renders entire realms of fiction off limits Tolstoy is constantly telling us what Pierre and Andrey are thinking and the novel is so much better for itTolstoy's peace is of course anything but it's full of anticipation and intrigue and philosophical yearning from the bursting bewildering sallies of youth Natasha to the resigned feeling that life isn't what you dreamed when you were young and perhaps you aren't either Pierre The deftness and sheer range of human drama is staggeringAnd the war when it returns is no abstract matter Everywhere there are people caught up in this great event bewildered by it Here's Rostov on seeing the French officer he's brought down This pale mud stained face of a fair haired young man with a dimple on his chin and bright blue eyes had no business with battlefields; it was not the face of an enemy; it was a domestic indoor face Rostov can't help seeing him as a human being and in that moment his enthusiasm suddenly drained awayIt's interesting how when Rostov chases the French officer on horseback he thinks about the wolf hunt he was recently on When I read the scene of the hunt where the hunters capture the old She Wolf and her cubs I couldn't help feeling sorry for those animals for that animal family hunted for pure sport I wondered how that scene would come back into the narrative because of the obvious symbolic weight of it and here it is in the scene of war The characters hadn't empathized with the She Wolf in the same way that Rostov does with the French officer but I wonder if we're meant to anyway or at least be made somewhat uncomfortable as I was by such sport killing perhaps seeing it as a prelude to another kind of sport killing altogether namely warTolstoy can't help wearing his patriotism on his sleeve a bit as he describes Napoleon's advance and the rival Moscow social circles one of which has eschewed anything French while the other clings to its Francophile ways Of course the French speaking social circle is that of Helene who's cold and manipulative and whose brother schemed to snatch away Natasha in such well French fashion But this is no bald tale of Russian virtue and French perfidy Tolstoy is finely attuned to the chaos of war and to the humans that engage in it so much alike than not as everyone tries simply to survive and perhaps claim a little glory in the endI love how Tolstoy peppers his narrative with keen insights into human nature Here he is when describing the attitude of Muscovites on the approach of Napoleon At the first approach of danger two voices always speak out with eual force in a man's heart one tells him very sensibly to consider the exact extent of the danger and any means of avoiding it; the other says even sensibly that it's too wearisome and agonizing to contemplate the danger since it is not in a man's power to anticipate future events and avoid the general run of things so you might as well turn away from the nastiness until it hits you and dwell on things that are pleasantTolstoy describes the cavalcade of human affairs as well as anyone and the evacuation of Moscow is a great example of it so many little stories described with the deftest brushstrokes The irony and humor also shine through when he describes Berg's ridiculous recitation of war stories or Count Rostov's childlike diffidence when it comes to the issue of whether they should empty their wagons of belongings in order to make room for wounded soldiersHurtling toward the end now and Tolstoy is hammering his theme that the individual is a slave to fate and mysterious forces This adds much irony to his tale and some biting commentary as well as when he says These man carried away by their passions were nothing than the blind executors of the saddest law of necessity; but they saw themselves as heroes and mistook their doings for achievements of the highest virtue and honourIn the final pages the scenes return to domestic life full of family as the war generation ages and their children are born So many mixed emotions in the characters and in me the reader as our story ebbs to a close as this towering and monumental work of art draws ever nearer to silence Memento mori the characters are described as feeling in the face of an old countess and the same can be said of this entire work which is a testament to the fragility and beauty and fleetingness of life itselfAnd then finally we see Pierre and Natasha together but the last lines of the dramatic narrative belong to young Nikolay Prince Andrey's son who thinks Father Father Yes I'm going to do something even he would have been pleased withTolstoy then delves directly into a philosophical treatise on free will capping his narrative with the final summation that it is no less essential to get away from a false sensation of freedom and accept a dependence that we cannot feelWith that the book closes and I feel again what a monumental work I've just encountered I'll spend many days and weeks pondering these pages recalling little scenes and thinking about Tolstoy's grand arguments The scope is breathtaking and profound yet on every page you feel the frantic beating of the human heart Despite all its spiritual claims it's a deeply humanistic work