War and Peace

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Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1993 - Fiction - 2188 pages
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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle--all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad": " "To read him . . . is to find one's way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane."

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User Review  - Dennis - Goodreads

Tolstoy's spent over five years writing this epic, historical novel (just under 1300 pages in this edition). A sizable investment of the reader's time is also required, but the rewards are many ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

A beloved favorite...what more can I say about it? "You're a scoundrel and a villain, and I don't know what restrains me from the pleasure of smashing your head with this," (Pierre to Anatole when ... Read full review

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