War and Peace (Modern Library) Hardcover – 1 Jun 1994
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" There remains the greatest of all novelists-- for what else can we call the author of "War and Peace"?" -- Virginia Woolf
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"There remains the greatest of all novelists--for what else can we call the author of "War and Peace"?" --Virginia Woolf
There remains the greatest of all novelists for what else can we call the author of "War and Peace"? Virginia Woolf"
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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle--all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad": "To read him . . . is to find one's way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This has been an interesting experience - and odd too, as both appear to have been translated by the same person, Constance Garnett. She died in 1946, and I can only imagine that if this is indeed the case, her translation for the audiobook has been "modernised" in some way. In any event, it serves as a reminder as to how important the translation is when reading a book written in a foreign language.
Perhaps that does encapsulate it. Tolstoy would have probably respected such as description, for, as verbose as he and other Russia novelists seemed to be (given a purely page-count analysis), he appreciated brevity and essentialism in the description.
This holds true for 'War and Peace'. I was amazed at the lack of what one might hold to be extraneous detailing in the text -- I would have expected long, drawn out and tedious renderings of situations, emotions or events, but such is not the case.
In Tolstoy's following of the Rostovs (poor country gentry) and the Bolkonskis (higher society), and a hero Pierre Bezuhkov, he illustrates basic truths in the way life is lived, and the way it ought to be lived. Tolstoy was a moralist, but no mystic in his writing (unusually so, given his general mystical sentiments in life). He felt it absolutely essential that the novelist should tell the truth, and mystical digressions lead away from that. His characters grow as we watch, and he recounts details that are important (such as Natasha and her doll as a child, and then later Natasha going to church -- these are two ages of the same person, to be sure, but not a simple updating of the character, as if an actress wearing a different costume).Read more ›
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A bit wordy and in many ways dated, not least in its treatment of women and serfs, nevertheless War and Peace is in all other respects as valid today as when it was written. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a masterpiece if people find it rubbish because they do not want a challenge the fault lies with them not the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Colum Treadgold
War and Peace is set during the Napoleonic era and the French invasion of Russia as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neil
Worst book I ever read and I could not get into it. I did finish it but absolutely hated it. It was a massive chore from start to finish. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anonymouse
War and Peace is a book that in no way can stand with the rest. The amount of description and time Tolstoy put in his masterpiece is what may just hold this novel in as the best... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 1999
This was definitely a great book. It's not easy for a book to keep your attention for close to 1400 pages, but Tolstoy succeeds. Read morePublished on 22 July 1999
I thought that this book was the best book that anyone could ever read. When you start reading you just can't stop because you can't wait to read what is going to happen next. Read morePublished on 10 May 1999