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 - wildbill - LibraryThing
The first time I started this book I was in my teens. This time I was able to get past the first fifty pages and found an enjoyable and at times disturbing book. The book contains elements of satire ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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