War and Peace by Leo TolstoyIn Russias struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, `a complete picture, as a contemporary reviewer put it, `of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation. Tolstoy gave his personal approval to this translation, published here in a new single volume edition, which includes an introduction by Henry Gifford, and Tolstoys important essay `Some Words about War and Peace.
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Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Dec 02, ISBN Oct 05, ISBN And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature. Leo Tolstoy — was born in central Russia.
The characters in War and Peace endure extreme experiences, and emerge at the end as quite different people. The miracle of the book is that the Natasha who falls in love with anyone and everyone in the ballrooms of the opening is recognisably the same woman who withdraws from society at the end. This is the story of a group of people living within a society. It understands and sympathises with those ideas but it excuses itself from repeating them. After pages, you will agree that this is the best way to write a novel. Its details are not exquisite recreations of lost practice, but ways in which an individual psychology can engage with the real world.
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War and Peace begins in and follows five noble families as their fates intertwine during the Napoleonic wars. The families are:. The Bezukhovs — Count Kirill Bezukhov , a rich count who dies at the beginning of the novel, and his illegitimate son Pierre. The Rostovs — Financially struggling. Led by Count Rostov and his wife, Countess Rostov. They have four children: snippy Vera, romantic Nikolai, beautiful Natasha, and boisterous Pyotr. They have also taken in Sonya Rostov , a young, orphaned cousin a few years older than Natasha.