War and Peace is one of the richest novels ever written.
Tolstoy's enthralling epic combines history and fiction in his depiction of Russia's lengthy war with the French armies of Napoleon and its effects on the domestic lives of those caught up in the conflict.
He creates some of the most vital and involving characters in literature as he follows the rise and fall of families in St Petersburg and Moscow who are linked by their personal and political relationships.
His heroes are the thoughtful yet impulsive Pierre Bezukhov, his intelligentand ambitious friend, Prince Andrei, and the woman who becomes indispensable to both of them, the enchanting Natasha Rostova.
Stunningly translated with remarkable fidelity to the all-important tone of Tolstoy's original, and including an introduction, notes, a chapter summary and an index of historical figures, this edition of War and Peace is destined to become the definitive English translation for our time.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 1296 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 08/11/2007
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099512233
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Review by juliette07
Closing the final page of my beautiful edition of this great epic was one of those moments when feelings of joy and sorrow are so closely aligned. As I had journeyed nearer the conclusion the more I became aware of the nagging in the back of my mind. I didn’t want it to end and the questions - what will I read next, how can any book I read in the future follow this experience? Now, of course that may well seem rather melodramatic to you dear reader as it does to me as I write in the cold clear light of day. There are many many readers who read many great authors and their satisfaction of one does not diminish the other. But this was a very real thought to me as I travelled through this book. How can any other book I ever read live up to what I experienced over the last month?To even begin to contemplate giving such a work a star rating seems highly inappropriate - let alone even begin to write a review! This book spoke to me in a myriad of ways as it has for so may others - such is the greatness of the book. I have been left with a very strong desire to encourage others to read this work. Do not shie away from it, persevere through the first part, do not be discouraged. Most of all please do not think that you are in any way not 'good, or clever enough' to enjoy it - it is not an endurance test, a badge of office to be won or a medal winning feat to have read it! Having mildly ranted I have to say I am thrilled that I fulfilled my desire to read it and feel a very contented healthy sense of pride in my success.Should you feel even mildly interested please do contact me as I would be pleased to support you and share resources. If you think you would like to read it along with friends there is a Library Thing group here that has just started. Why not check it out? You will not be disappointed.