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on 20 December 2009
At 1440 pages, War and Peace may seem a daunting size, yet the book isn't a difficult read, unlike Crime and Punishment, War and Peace(or at least this translation) dispenses with the Patronyms and multiple characters of the same name that were prevelant in the aforementioned title and leaves you free to explore the characters lives and emotions.

Humanity and existentialist issues are tackled against a back drop of war with Napoleon and the French. War scenes are juxtaposed with the frivolity of Russian high society, leading characters to question their choices in life and their world views.

Despite a large ensemble of characters, Tolstoy introduces them all steadily avoiding confusion. Certain passages are beautifully written and will stay in my mind until i get senile.

Critics claim this book is a masterpiece and it's hard to disagree. War and Peace is life in all it's glory and depravity, where even the mundane can be monumental if seen in a certain way.
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on 30 November 2010
Yes it's the size of a small log but what a story!! Just the thing for long, cold winter nights. This edition has really good notes & the cost is extremely reasonable.
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on 12 October 2011
Yes, it's a LONG book, and yes, it's a bit slow at the start. But what a story! So much complexity, and yet all of it told with the sort of subtlety that makes literature so entrancing for me. A love story, a war story, political intrigue, War and Peace has it all. I little patience is required, as at times the plot lags, but it is so worth the time and effort.
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on 3 March 2016
It is a wonderful copy of one of my favourite books. I gave a copy to my friend as well. She has never read it. She is reading it slowly!
I am reading my favourite parts again
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on 8 February 2016
Wanted the Anthony Briggs translation on my Kindle. The website is not clear and the Kindle download was Rosemary Edmonds translation. Not what I wanted - a waste of £3.49.
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on 28 December 2015
Great book, was a present to my wife and she is very pleased with the book.
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on 29 February 2016
A very good translation with lots of notes, maps etc.
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on 2 April 2016
Re-read after some 65 years, still brilliant.
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on 22 April 2016
Product received in good order. Good value.
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on 14 May 2016
Cracking read,just needs sticking with
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