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The ending was not cathartic but it did wind down nicely during the resolution. While a relatively happy ending, it remained plausible and realistic. The title of the book fairly well describes it’s contents. The novel flashes back & forth between scenes during the Napoleonic war of 1812 and domestic scenes of high society. It follows five families: Bezukohv, Rostov, Bolkonsky, Drubetskoy, and Kuragin through the trials of battle & aristocratic society. There are many passages when the author waxes philosophic upon war and cynical upon the aristocracy. I found these passages both interesting and poignant though some have argued they are tedious. A worthy comparison might be “With Fire & Sword” by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Sienkiewicz however writes more about war and a love story with a few main characters while Tolstoy focuses more on society with a large number of characters.
War & Peace had a chapter devoted to the aristocracy attending the opera. The fashionable nobility doesn’t watch the show but attends rather to see and be seen. This was a line I immediately recognized from Dangerous Liaisons. Subsequent chapters detail a vigorous seduction campaign enacted by Anatol Kuragin with the help of his sister Countes Helena against the young attractive ingénue Natasha. Sound familiar? It seems like the author of Dangerous Liaisons took the two chapters of War & Peace devoted to the aristocracy and their social intrigues and expanded the idea to a book. When we consider that War & Peace reveals a strong association between French and Russian high society of the time it becomes even more obvious that author Piere Choderlos de laclos drew his inspiration from Leo Tolstoy. Though from the movie it would seem that the characters in Dangerous Liaisons are considerably more cruel and jaded than the characters in War & Peace who tend more toward wanton self satisfaction and not intentional malice. Both sets of characters however are notable for being quite superficial and several of the characters in War & Peace struggle with finding meaning in their lives. One common theme with Feodor Dostoyevskis works is the predilection with wealth as definition of a gentlemen. This theme finds it’s way into Dicken’s works occasionally as well but it is more understated with him as he focuses on more meaningful character interactions.

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User Review  - Miriam - Goodreads

Damn epilogue. Much of the book is glorious but I need to wait a bit to give the epilogue time to sink out of view. Read full review

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User Review  - Mashariq - Goodreads

Do yourself a favor and cut out the second part of the Epilogue, or better still, don't read it at all. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Moribund, as expected, but rich and pleasantly morose. Love me some Russians. Read full review

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User Review  - G - Goodreads

Finished! An amazing book club read. I think in general I was enamored more of the small moments than the large. And I still prefer Anna Karenina. But the scope and moments herein are unique, and the scale is impressive. Read full review


User Review  - Kamal Singh - Flipkart

Got book but its little bit damaged due to mishandling Nice service from Flipkart Read full review

Greatest Novel that is and can be - a fact attested by many literary figures. Better Translations exist.

User Review  - Asim Dagar - Flipkart

Many people on reading or hearing or just looking at this towering work would feel awestruck and say - what can we, mere mortals, say about this novel! its a work of genius! written by a genius! But ... Read full review

As compared to Garnett's translation...

User Review  - Raveena K - Flipkart

Constance Garnett's version (Not mentioned on Flipkart. Up for sale under 'Rupa And Co. publishers; Price: Rs.253) for the epic Russian piece, also the oldest, is what I'd call my cup of tea and I'd ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brooke - Goodreads

1) Natasha was incredibly annoying. The least Tolstoy could have done to compensate for making me read 1200 pages was kill her off. Of course, then I'd have to read about what a tragic martyr she was ... Read full review

A Real Classic

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Good quality. Clear sharp and readable. An all time favorite done in very readable. clear sharp text. Excellant translation Read full review

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