War and Peace

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Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1952 - 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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I was sitting in my upstairs room with the Paperback on my lap. I could not believe all the tumultuous, heart-rending, and unforgettable events were finally behind me, though safely residing in my ... Read full review

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