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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DaffiMere - LibraryThing
I'm never reading this book in 3 1/2 days again. If you want the easy time of it watch the film with Audrey Hepburn then read the last 100-150 pages of the book. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - conniekronlokken - LibraryThing
This one I also "read" long ago. Actually it was read to me by Alexander Scourby on long-playing records in 1969 because I was able to get "books for the blind" at the time. I still hear the prose in ... Read full review