War and Peace, Volume 1
The novel opens with the aristocrats discussing the notion of war at a sumptuous party, an early indication of troubles ahead. Napoleon's invasion of Russia rocks the nation, but Tolstoy's concern is primarily with the personal crisis created. Centring around the joys and misfortunes of the Rostov family, he weaves a web of diverse, colourful characters; among them Pierre Bezukhov, vacillating between Freemasonry, philanthropy and mysticism in his desperate search for truth, the beautiful heroine Natasha, full of lively spontaneity, and the tragically disillusioned Andrei Bolkhonsky. War and Peace is a magnificient achievement, blending the historical, social, moral, psychological and personal in its broad depiction of human insight and experience.
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Written over a hundred years ago. it remains an absolute classic story so well-written. the characters, so individual and so well defined it was a pleasure taking the trip through all their happiness ... Read full review
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I finally read this in the space of 26 days after it had been sitting on my bookshelf for a decade. For the most part, War and Peace is simply brilliant. The main characters are wonderfully drawn, and ... Read full review