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User Review  - donbuch1 - LibraryThing

This classic series represents the Western canon not without academic controversy. The latest volumes of the Great Books include some women writers, but they are still definitely underrepresented ... Read full review

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User Review  - davidpwithun - LibraryThing

I'm probably one of a very few people who has sat and read the Synopticon from front to back. Though it might seem like a strange practice, nearly like reading the dictionary or an encyclopedia, I can ... Read full review

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User Review  - lesjoh1953 - Overstock.com

Arrived quickly and as indicated. Thank you for your attention to detail Overstock. Hopefully this is the edition that my daughter specified. The new book arrived without any wrinkles or blemishes ... Read full review

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User Review  - rylltraka - LibraryThing

The texts themselves are priceless, but the translations in this volume are seriously dated and often obscure the meaning of the Greek - especially worthy of disdain are the Aristophanes translations ... Read full review

Great translation!

User Review  - browneryan - Borders

I'm not a translation expert on this book but I've compared this translation to others and this one seems best. It holds just the right amount of tradition for things like keeping the names the way ... 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.
 

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User Review  - pjskimin - LibraryThing

Picked up this entire set in excellent condition at a library sponsored used book sale for $60.00. hands down one of my best finds. Read full review

A Real Classic

User Review  - alpacaranchero - Overstock.com

Good quality. Clear sharp and readable. An all time favorite done in very readable. clear sharp text. Excellant translation Read full review

Excellent Book

User Review  - oakesonpictures - Overstock.com

This is by far one of the best books of all time. The translation from russian is great too! Read full review

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User Review  - paideiabooks - LibraryThing

The Great Books are all you need to give yourself a liberal arts education. I'm so happy to be adding this set of books to my shelf. Read full review


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