- Paperback: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Reprint edition (5 Oct. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853260622
- ISBN-13: 978-1853260629
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,087 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
War and Peace (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 1 Jul 1993
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This epic novel is centred on Napoleon's war with Russia. It expresses Tolstoy's view that history is an inexorable process which man cannot influence. Three of the characters, Natasha Rostov, Prince Andrew Bolkonsky and Pierre Bezukhov illustrate Tolstoy's philosophy.
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Among the great novels of the world, 'War and Peace' has long held pride of place because it fulfills, in its seamless interweaving of the historical and the personal, and its genius in registering the entire scale of human life, all the promise latent in the art of fiction itself.See all Product description
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I read many reviews of translators before going with the Maude version. There are not enough reviews of Kindle versions out there, so I include mine, even though I have read just a few pages.
Watching the series currently on BBC and using their web pages that have the descriptions of some of the cast will, I hope, give an understanding of where the book will take me so I don't get lost or bogged down. I will also refer to the Oxford sample as it gives more detail in the form of characters, timeline and maps that you do not get with this Collins book.
The samples do not allow you to skip between chapters but the full version does. (The hyperlinks take you to notes at the end of each chapter too.)
Set between 1805-1820 a lot of the book takes place in Petersburg and Moscow, as well as some other places at times and of course battles and the front line of the warring with the French. Taking in both fictional characters as well as only too real people this is a book that once you start reading you just have to finish, indeed I have lost count of the number of times I have read it over the years. And if you are coming to this for the first time, don’t worry about the number of characters. When we are talking about so many people who populate the pages of this some only appear very briefly, with cameo roles as such, either to move an event along, or to report a certain happening. The main characters we follow here we see grow up, get married, have affairs and so on. It is these characters that form the main element of this tale, as we see mirrored people, who whatever station of life they come from make mistakes and have the same pleasures and ideas as we all have. Of course weaved in with this are the battles and the fate of Russia as Napoleon and his forces move in.
With some great set pieces here this is a tale that certainly weaves its magic as we read it. With characters enjoying themselves with simple pleasures, to marriages falling apart and Napoleon at Moscow we see some great contrasts. As Moscow lays open to the French it doesn’t stop the continual round of salons going on in Petersburg. Bringing many elements together Tolstoy also makes us think and ponder such issues as what are the elements that cause history to be made and whether we really have free will, and to what extent.
Always a sheer joy to read this is a book that will hold your attention for a very long time and has a tale that comes to life in your hands.
If you want this particular translation by Ann Dunnigan, and you don't want it on Kindle, this is the only print available (from Amazon at any rate) at a sensible price. There is a single library hardback edition which some joker is offering second hand at £999.11.
So if you want a full length modern translation and don't want to spend much, this will do. If you want a book that is physically a pleasure to handle, look elsewhere. I recommend that you read the reviews of the different translations before deciding.
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Excellent writing - thoroughly enjoyed it!