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User Review  - GaryPatella - LibraryThing

A 1,400 page book that never lost my interest. The characters, each with their own stories, really had an impact on me. This translation was also excellent. Little footnotes are at the bottom ... Read full review

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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.
 

Review: War and Peace

User Review  - Sangita Takhur - Goodreads

Leo Tolstoy is one of my favorite authors. This is one of the milestone works in the world of literature. It can easily transcend the limits of time and genres. The novel is set 60 years earlier than ... Read full review

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User Review  - Max - Goodreads

Tolstoy imparts his philosophy and theology through characters that struggle between their spiritual and animal nature, through his idiosyncratic depiction of the Napoleonic wars and Russian culture ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I feel like I have been reading War & Peace forever. I'm used to reading about a book per week, and this mammoth took me four months! It somehow felt like a longer book than In Search of Lost Time ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I have had this book in my library for quite some time and have had the intention of tackling it someday. The only reason I did not before now was that I was intimidated by its size, as it is heralded ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

3-7-13: I admit defeat. I made it 118 pages, and that was several months ago. It's time to face the fact that I'm not going to read this right now. I may try it again one day, but it was just too ... Read full review

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User Review  - Moses DuPre - Goodreads

An epic story about five families during the war between France & Russia at the turn of the 19th century. Natasha has to be one of the most cherished characters in literary history. Read full review

Review: War and Peace: v. 4 of 5

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

I like this book a lot, but it's just huge and so is taking a while. Poor Piere. I lost my copy of this boo before I finished it...So I might have to start over again. Read full review

Review: War and Peace: v. 4 of 5

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

this book took me along time and in 20 minutes i could only read 5 pages. i really wanted to read this book because of its difficulty and context. people asked me why and i told them i was curious and i got to page 158 when i gave up looking back i regret it. Read full review


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