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Best historical Drama from I have ever read. It is philosophical as well as entertaining. One of the must read for anybody in this world.

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This is a book that I've never read before. It's words are eloquent and have the genuis of Tolstoy all over them. I'm starting Volume 3 and I honestly can't wait!

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This is not a 1956 edition, but the uncorrected etext which came from gutenberg.org (available free!)

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This is one of those ponderous books whose name gets dropped a lot in literary circles. It is another on the Top 100 of all time, and makes the top ten list on others. I had eleven days off during Christmas 2011, and spent 35 hours over seven days reading the text.
I’ve read other books by Russian authors—Dostoyevsky, and his Brothers Karamazov, for example, and frankly, enjoyed it much more. War and Peace is a slow moving, epic that moves creeps at the pace of the history in which the story is set: from 1808 until 1820. The author unrolls this period of time through the lives and relationships of various aristocratic families and their members, both in and out of war. This was a strong part of the book for me: learning about megalomaniac Napoleon Bonaparte as he marched his army of 500000 across Europe into Russia, the site of his undoing.
I struggle with names, and this book is infused with complicated Russian names which sound similarly and with which I never became comfortable. Prince Vasili, Natasha and Sonya, Prince Vasili, Princess Maria, Pierre, Prince Andrei, General Kutuzof, Dolokhoif, and all their children, aunts, and uncles created a genealogical nightmare for me as reader. The action in the novel is juxtaposed between civilian life, loves, and romances, with shifts to the war fronts as protagonists become involved in the war as soldiers, families interact with soldiers, and as people who are all impacted and victimized by the war against Napoleonic France.
I can recommend this book for the history it reveals in good fashion. It filled in a horrible deficit in my own background of Russia’s past fighting against Napoleon. Thre is an undercurrent of religion, some people finding a strength and others losing it, that I enjoyed. Tolstoy’s war scenes are not like Stephen Ambrose writing about Band of Brothers. This 19th century piece moves at the pace of history itself. It dit not endear itself to me, but my ego is he better for having experienced a text that is so revered. I am not going to be a huge advocate for the book, but have the self-satisfaction of having persevered my way through it. I can now and say, “Yes, I read it.” But I will not recommend it to you. ++++ Four stars.
 

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wow a lot of books and alot of pages I WANT TO READ IT AGAIN

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It is usually described as one of Tolstoy’s two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world’s greatest novels.

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wow what a book

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