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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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Wordsworth Editions have been producing their classics since 1992. With well over 250 titles in print, the combination of great value and top quality production has made them an enduringly popular choice with lovers of great literature.
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Schools are well used to having to work within a limited budget so Wordsworth's Classics are the perfect solution. With around 50 set texts on offer, all with exclusive introductions, they offer great value.
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The translation is the Maude translation, mainly, I gather, by Louise Maude, and I think Tolstoy’s preferred version. It is said to be accurate and is certainly readable. The translation seems to be identical to the one used in an awful Penguin Classics paperback that sat on my shelf for years, poor quality yellowing paper and small, unclear font, too fat to read comfortably, constantly trying to close up on me. Yuk. And no acknowledgement of the translator. It seems to be identical also to the two box sets of CDs read by Neville Jason, which also do not name Mrs Maude as the translator. Hm.
This edition breathes readable quality. ‘War and Peace’ needs no review from me, but Amazon lumps all reviews of all editions and translations together, which makes it almost impossible to buy with confidence. I hope this helps. I am truly impressed by everything about this edition. I would once have denied that that could make such a difference, but now find it really does. Enjoy!
My review is on this particular edition. I have given it a 1 star rating due to the tiny font size. The font is considerably smaller than any other novel I have ever read. I actually got a bit cross eyed, gave up, and bought another edition.
If you want to read this masterpiece, and I hope you do, get an edition that you can read without going blind.
I attach a photo to illustrate the font compared to a typical novel.
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.