War and Peace

War and Peace

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Penguin Putnam
A stunning clothbound Hardcover Classics edition of Tolstoy’s great novel, one of the undisputed masterpieces of world literature
At a glittering society party in St. Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey, and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants, to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes—conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate—with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever.

Publisher: [London] :, Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9780241265543
Characteristics: xxv, 1,399 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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Jan 17, 2018

This book requires great patience due to its length. Don't look at it as a book with 1000 pages. Read 20-30 in a sitting. There are really three separate grades for this book. First, the development of the Tolstoy fictional characters I found somewhat boring. For a book almost universally lauded as a great Western classic, I was disappointed in this aspect. Second, his description of historical characters (such as Napoleon and Kutuzov) and the Napoleonic Wars was enjoyable and utterly first rate. Finally, his analysis of the ways of the historian (as a profession) is fascinating...although I disagree with several of his conclusions. Overall, 4 stars seemed appropriate.

Oct 19, 2017

Um do you think a middle schooler should read this? Is it suitable

Sep 07, 2017

This is my favorite translation! VERY WELL DONE!!

Aug 24, 2017

With Napoleon declaring war on Russia, this book focuses on families of different backgrounds. With a wide variety of characters the book covers the grand scheme of things, however, it was incredibly lengthy. As loved as it was, I had the author interrupting the story to add in his own commentary on the historical events.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

This book got me interested in the Napoleonic wars with Russia for the first time, much in the same way that Gone With the Wind encouraged me to learn more about the American Civil War.

This book strangely reminded me of the Game of Thrones series - a lengthy epic full of rich characters whom you fluctuate between loving and hating.
Man, I really hated Nikolai and Princess Marya for most of the book and then they both did something I admired, then I hated them again at the end!
The treatment of cat-like-Sonya, my favorite character, is one of the biggest upsets in Classical fiction in my opinion.
Also, the War parts are as good as, and often better than, the Peace parts - which I did NOT expect. In fact I was convinced to read this largely because it was described to me as "a large bit of it takes place in drawing rooms." My favorite scene in the whole book was this description of this small Russian artillery unit shelling this little town in the middle of this awful battle, whose soldiers then got into trouble for disobeying orders even though you can tell Tolstoy thinks they were the participants most worth admiring.
Tolstoy interrupts his narrative often to comment and criticize on history and the study of history and how we remember history, which I found interesting. Did I mention I listened to this on audiobook? 60 HOURS!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A rambling mess of a novel done in a way only Tolstoy could get away with. War & Peace is peopled with an excellent cast of characters who are weaved into a story that is interesting and beautiful.

Mar 07, 2016

Wow! I can see why this is a classic. I tried to read it in college and couldn't keep the characters straight. Having viewed a televised version recently, I thought maybe I could do better with the characters and who they were. The depth and breadth that is in this book, along with Tolstoy's philosophy on different things is quite thought provoking.

Oct 15, 2014

Long, boring book. ZZZZZZZZZ

Aug 05, 2014

This is claimed to be the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, yet it appears to instead be the Constance Garnett version. Miscategorized!

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Jul 02, 2014

This was a long read because it is a long novel which includes Tolstoys views on what history is and what its not. It reminds me of Moby Dick and the boring info on whales and harppons, etc. by Melville. War and Peace is considered the worlds best novel which I had thought was The Brothers Karamazov. Those Russians.

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May 17, 2012

This translation of War and Peace gives life to one of the best pieces of literature written by Leo Tolstoy. Anthony Briggs does a great job choosing words to convey what is being said, and nothing is vague or hard to understand. This is by far the easiest to read and understand copy of War and Peace that I have come across.


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.


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