Война и мир

Война и мир❮Reading❯ ➽ Война и мир ➶ Author Leo Tolstoy – Heartforum.co.uk In Russia's 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 contempo In Russia's 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 Война и PDF/EPUB or by Henry Gifford and Tolstoy's important essay `Some Words about War and Peace'.

Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories Later in life he also wrote plays and essays His two most famous works the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest Война и PDF/EPUB or novelists Tolstoy is eually known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the s after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformerHis literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus centering on the Sermon on the Mount caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His ideas on nonviolent resistance expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

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  1. Jessica says:

    So I know you've all been on edge these past two months and since I should be studying for the social work licensing exam tonight it seems like the perfect time to put an end to your suspenseAfter all my agonizing and the thoughtful suggestions below about whether I should mutilate my gorgeous hardcover Pevear and Volokhonsky translation in the interest of less hazardous subway toting Readers I carried him All 1272 pages Every day across five boroughs and three states for nearly two monthsSo the burning uestion on your mind is Should I risk misalignment and a redislocated shoulder in the interest of preserving a pristine edition that's inevitably going to get all banged up anyway as I lug it across battlefields and through trenches for what seems an eternity? Which is important the book's spine or my own?Bookster I am here to put an end to all this wondering Here is what you must do simply take a keen exacto knife you might ask a helpful Cossack to sharpen it for you and slice out the final Epilogue portion of this burdensome tome You will do no damage to the book the epilogue's like an appendix and hey what the hell cut that out too as this part is not necessary and in fact though it's theoretically only about 7% of the book this portion is actually responsible for at least 63% of its weight So slice that bitch out and throw it away Your vertebrae will thank you laterAnother advantage to getting rid of the Epilogue is that it will save you from having to read what is conceivably the most deadly dull and deflating ending to a vast and magnificently readable book ever written As a particularly exacting size ueen I demand that the glory of a huge novel's ending be proportional to its length I feel this is only fair I was loyal and patient and devoted many hours to reading the author's story and at the end I should be rewarded for my fortitude with a glorious finale That's always been my philosophy anyway Apparently though it's not Tolstoy'sWhat is Tolstoy's philosophy you ask? In particular what's his philosophy of history? Well let me tell you Or better let him tell you Cause he will Over and over And then again And then in case you were interested and wanted to know let him REALLY tell you and keep telling you and tell you some and some no let him get into it finally now in great detailYeah Tolstoy's that perfect house guest who crashed on your couch for nearly two months and you're just thrilled as hell the whole time to have him visiting because he's just such a smart and great and interesting and heartfelt guy uel raconteur Oh sure sometimes he gets a bit dull and wonky with his policy ramblings but that stuff's basically okay And then yeah he's got these ideés fixes about history that are fine you guess but it's a bit weird how he's always repeating them and focusing on the same points over and over and he will corner your roommate's friend or a classmate you run into at the supermarket or an old lady waiting for the bus to explain yet again why he thinks Napoleon really isn't that great at ALL yeah that's odd but basically Leo is just super and you're thrilled to have him even for such an extended visit because he really is so brilliant and diverting and nearly truly worth his weight in gold You are sad to know he's going to leave but then his plane is delayed and you're happy you'll have him there just one night but somehow that's the night that he suddenly decides to come back to your house completely high on cocaine Leo then proceeds to stay up for hours drinking all your expensive scotch and talking your EAR off about his goddamn PHILOSOPHY of HISTORY that you really just could not care LESS about and he WILL not leave and let you go to bed he keeps TALKING and it's BORING and apparently he thinks your catatonic stare signals rapt interest because he just keeps on going explaining on and on He WILL NOT SHUT UP It is almost just like being physically tortured by this guy who you'd thought was the best houseguest in the whole wide world And so when Leo finally leaves again the next morning ragged and bleary and too dazed still to be properly sheepish you're not sorry to see him go in fact you're very glad And does one annoying night cancel out two months of the great times you had together? Of course it doesn't and you remember him fondly and tell anyone who asks how nice it was when he stayed But the night does carry a special weight because it was the last and when you remember dear Leo your wonderful houseguest your affection will not be totally untainted by the memory of his dull egotistical coked out rantings the night before he left for realBy which I mean to say the rest of this book was totally great As my Great Aunt Dot who's read this twice commented It's really not a difficult read at all; there's a chapter about War and then a chapter about Peace so it never gets boring War and Peace is hugely entertaining and largely readable Plus it's enormously educational as you will be forced to learn than you ever wanted to know about the great Napoleon According to Tolstoy he wasn't that great No I mean really he wasn't that great War and Peace is a terrific date book because it's got lots of bloody action and also tons of romance plus you can make out during the dull parts where Tolstoy's talking for like twelve pages about various generals and strategies and his nineteenth centuried out opinions about historyIf there's a standard I value highly than my long book great ending demand it's the one that I call Make Me Cry I don't really think a book's that great unless it makes me cry No this doesn't work in the other direction just because a book makes me cry doesn't mean it's great I've cried at really silly movies before and I used to cry regularly whenever I read the newspaper which is one reason I stopped War and Peace made me cry like a colicky baby that's been speared with a bayonet THREE TIMES I don't mean I misted up or got a little chokey I mean I sobbed wept and groaned thoroughly broke down and lost my shit on a very cathartic and soul rending level Hooray I can't guarantee that War and Peace will also make you cry but I bet if you're prone to that sort of thing you've got a good shotGOD this book is good See you should really skip the Epilogue because besides being crushingly dull it's also very depressing in the wrong way and in addition to making you vow never to marry could make you forget how GREAT and AMAZING the rest of this is What a GREAT and AMAZING book Holy shit I'm flipping through now and it's all coming back to me This was totally The Wire of 1868 If you like serious character development and plotting that unfolds over a long period of time you should seriously read this book I really didn't know much about this book before I read it but I think I remember someone Jane Smiley? writing that War and Peace is about everything I wouldn't go along with that I'm not sure if she would either but it is about most of the things that really matter If you are someone who thinks at all about life or death you might like this book Here is a passage from a character who's a POW marching barefoot through Russia in October In captivity in the shed he had learned not with his mind but with his whole being his life that man is created for happiness that happiness is within him in the satisfying of human needs and that all unhappiness comes not from lack but from superfluity; but now in these last three weeks of the march he had learned a new and comforting truth he had learned that there is nothing frightening in the world He had learned that as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free so there is no situation in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree He had learned that there is a limit to suffering and a limit to freedom and that those limits are very close; that the man who suffers because one leaf is askew in his bed of roses suffers as much as he now suffered falling asleep on the bare damp ground one side getting cold as the other warmed up; that when he used to put on his tight ballroom shoes he suffered just as much as now when he walked uite barefoot his shoes had long since worn out and his feet were covered with sores p 1060I just think that's great Maybe it's not out of context Anyway one of the best things about reading this is how much of it is so strange Russia 1812 OMFG all so different and how much is the same The nuance specificity and instant recognizability of the characters in here is pretty amazing I know this sounds dumb but you really feel like you know these people and in a way it's the minor characters Sonya Anatole Dolokhov my favorite who are so perfectly drawn and make you go Man I know these people WoahI did appreciate having to think about war while reading this because that's something I've never really done before At the beginning I'd hoped that this would help me understand about why wars happen but it didn't That might have been what Tolstoy was trying to explain in his Epilogue but I have to confess that at that point I wasn't really listeningAnyway I liked this book It is long though

  2. Whitaker says:

    When I was growing up the conventional wisdom was that War and Peace was the sine ua non of difficult books the scope the length OMG the length Conuering this Everest was The Test of whether you were a ManReader I have now read it Thump chest and make Tarzan yell Actually you know chump big deal The mountain really wasn't so large after all There are love affairs there is a war peace eventually returns to the Shire Russia Sorry got confused there for a minute with Lord of the Rings another 1000 page work where there are love affairs war and an eventual peace That's hardly a spoiler by the way Not unless you've been hiding under a rock and don't know that Napoleon didn't succeed in conuering Russia Which is my point With every half penny fantasy potboiler these days weighing in at several hundred kilogrammes of war and peace coughWheel of Timecough how can we still look at a book this size and feel fear? 1000 pages? Only? Pshaw That's nuthin Spit out t'baccy chaw And yet the notion still lives on about how HARD War and Peace is So if anyone out there still buys into that is intimidated and deterred by that notion well really don't be unless of course the last thing you read was Green Eggs and Ham The thing is to my surprise I found it a rollicking good read There are star crossed lovers suicide attempts heart rending death bed scenes and battles aplenty where our heroes get knocked on the head and taken prisoner Instead of Middle Earth you get a fantasy land of wholesome loving Peasant Russia and you learn how True Self comes from Loving the Russian Soil Okay there's also the rather irritating and interminable philosophizing by Tolstoy about History and Its Causes but you got through the interminable side songs in Lord of Rings didn't you? In case any of you are thinking that I'm mocking War and Peace by this comparison please note that it's not intended to be wholly facetious I loved Lord of the Rings If anything I'm mocking the awe with which we approach Great Works So yeah if you ever thought of reading War and Peace but were put off by its reputation don't be It's actually uite fun

  3. Dolors says:

    Before I turned the last page of this massive volume which had been neglected in my bookshelves for than six years War and Peace was a pending task in my mental reading universe knowing it to be one of the greatest Russian or maybe simply one of the greatest novels of all timesWell in fact it was something else I have a selective memory I don’t know whether it comes as a blessing or as a curse that enables me to remember the most insignificant details like for instance where and when I bought my books which are often second hand copies When I pull one of them off my shelves it usually comes loaded with recollections of a certain moment of my life that add up to the mute history of their usually worn and yellow pagesSo War and Peace was also a memory This one had to do with an unusual cloudless and shiny afternoon spent in Greenwich Park eating the greatest take away noodles I had ever tasted and browsing through my newest literary purchases recently bought in one of those typical British second hand bookshops where I spent hours besotted with that particular scent of moldy ancient paperThat’s what War and Peace meant to me until I finally shook my sloth off and decided to read it It turns out I rather lived than read it or maybe the book read me but in any case I curse my lazy self for not having taken the plunge much soonerThis book is an electroshock for the soul There is no division between Tolstoy’s art and his philosophy just as there is no way to separate fiction from discussions about history in this novel Without a unifying theme without so much a plot or a clear ending War and Peace is a challenge to the genre of the novel and to narrative in history Tolstoy groped toward a different truth one that would capture the totality of history as it was experienced and teach people how to live with its burden Who am I? What do I live for? Why was I born? These are existential uestions on the meaning of life that restlessly impregnate this “novel” which also deals with the responsibility of the individual who has to strive against the dichotomy of free will as opposed to the influence of the external world in the course of history Fictional and historical characters blend naturally in the narration which occasionally turns into a reasoned philosophical digression exploring the way individual lives affect the progress of history challenging the nature of truth accepted by modern historiansTostoy’s syntax is unconventional He freuently ignores the rules of grammar and word order deliberately reiterating mannerisms or physical details to identify his characters suggesting their moral ualities He uses several languages gradually changing their sense especially with French which eventually emerges as the language of artifice and insincerity the language of the theater and deceit whereas Russian appears as the language of honesty and seriousness and the reader becomes a privileged witness of the formation of a community and national consciousness In repeating words and phrases a rhythm and rhetorical effect is achieved strengthening the philosophical pondering of the characters I was emotionally enraptured by the scene in which Count Bezukhov asks himself what’s the meaning of love when he glances at the smiling face of Natasha or when Prince Andrey lies wounded in Austerlitz battlefield looking up at the endless firmament welcoming the mystery of death and mourning for his hapless and already fading life The book is full of memorable scenes which will remain imprinted in my retina eternal flashing images transfixing me uite the beauty of Natasha’s uncovered shoulders emerging from her golden dress the glow of bonfires lit by kid soldiers in the night before a battle the agony of men taken prisoners and the absent faces of circumstantial executioners while shooting their fellowmen the unbearable pain of a mother when she learns of her son’s death a silent declaration of love in a dancing embrace full of youth and promise War and Peace is much than a novel It is a vast detailed account maybe even a sort of diary or a confession of a world about to explode in constant contradiction where two ways of being coexist war and peace Peace understood not only as the absence of war but mainly as the so much coveted state in which the individual gets hold of the key to his identity and happiness achieving harmonious communion with others along the wayNow that I have finally read this masterpiece I think I can better grasp what this “novel” represents among all the great works of art created by men throughout our venturesome existence the Sistine Chapel or the 9th Symphony of Literature an absolute triumph of the creative mind of the spirit of humankind and a virtuous affirmation of human life in all its richness and complexityMy battered copy of War and Peace and I have fought many battles together hand in hand We have been gently soaked by the descent of moist beads in the misty drizzle at dawn in Paracas We have been splashed by the salty waves of the Pacific Ocean only to be dried off later by the sandy wind blowing from the dunes of the Huacachina Desert We have been blessed by the limpid droplets dripping down from branches of Eucalyptus Trees in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and scorched by the blinding sunbeams in Nazca Particles of ourselves were left behind dissolved into the damp shroud of grey mist falling from the melting sky in MachuPicchu and whatever remained of us tried to breathe in deeply the fragrant air of those dark warm nights spent under scintillating stars scattered endlessly down the Peruvian skyWith wrinkled pages tattered covers and unglued spine my copy of War and Peace has managed to come back home I have just put it back reverently on my bookshelf for literary gems where I can spot it at first glance An unbreakable connection has been established between us as fellow travellers as wanderers of the world Somehow we have threaded our own uniue history; an unrepeatable path has been laid down for us The story of this particular shabby copy comes to an end though because I won’t ever part from it My copy of War and Peace has come back home where I intent to keep it now for good No war for these battered pages but everlasting peace emanating from my shelves for all times to come My traveling companion in MachuPicchu

  4. Matt says:

    Whatever else I am I am the type of person who reads classic novels out of a sense of obligation Also I must admit out of a sense of vanity My ego after all is as fragile as a goldfish and reuires the constant attention of a newborn baby Every once in awhile it needs a little boost and the intellectual challenge of Dostoevsky or Dickens can really work wonders Now I’ve been told that forcing myself to read books I don’t necessarily like is a fruitless waste of time and that the reviews borne of these endeavors are a fruitless waste of others’ time That kind of criticism doesn’t go far with me By my rough estimate just about 99% of the things I do can be similarly classified as a waste of time unless my endless games of Spider Solitaire like “the button” on LOST is actually saving the world In which case I am a hero Moreover great literature can be a worthwhile challenge to surmount Compare them to mountains Obviously we don’t need people to climb mountains; it serves no functional purpose Yet on a personal level climbing a mountain even if it’s just a Class 3 walk up is immensely satisfying mentally and physically On some level it’s the same with finishing a tough book Mentally that is There is very little physical component unless you defenestrate the book upon completion War and Peace is a challenge I set for myself It was a challenge a long time coming The reason of course is that War and Peace is the go to book when looking for an example of great literature or for a contender for “greatest novel ever written” If it is not exactly Everest or K2 those are Joycean heights it is at least comparable to Annapurna or Mount McKinley In the end it is a book I wrestled with constantly Unlike Doris from Goodbye Columbus I never considered uitting only to start back up again the following year However there were times my frustrations almost led me to tear huge swaths of pages from the binding as a primitive editing job Like so many of the things you are told as a child are magical – the circus love magic – War and Peace did not entirely live up to its reputation If you were to ask me would you rather retreat from Moscow in the dead of winter than read this book I would say Of course not I don’t like walking I don’t like being hungry and I’d probably die” But if I had to choose between say tarring the driveway or mowing the lawn and reading this book Again I’d choose the book Nothing beats reading Besides I’m lazy Where to start? With a second rhetorical uestion What's War and Peace about? It's a good uestion and nobody really knows Though many will attempt to explain There have been longer books – both you and I have read them – but this is 1200 pages that feels like 1345678908 pages Nominally it's about Russia's wars with Napoleonic France from 1804 to 1813 If that seems like a big subject don’t worry Tolstoy has given himself plenty of space with which to work It follows dozens of characters in and out of the decades as they live and die love and hate and generally stun the modern reader with their obtuseness The first sixty pages of the novel are a set piece in the Petersburg salon of Anna Pavlovna You don't have to remember that though because Anna Pavlovna will only stick around these first sixty pages then disappear for almost the entire rest of the book We are also introduced to Pierre who is literally a fat bastard; Prince Andrei who is a prick; his wife Lisa the little princess who as Tolstoy keeps telling us has a beautiful mustache Tolstoy's obsession with beautiful female mustaches is pathological and not a little frightening; Prince Vassily who also disappears after a suabble over a will; and various other Russian aristocrats Readers note you should probably be writing things down as you read Other introductions come later including Andrei's father who is also a prick apple meet the tree; Andrei's insufferably good and pure and decent and homely sister Princess Marya who's goodness is as cloying and infuriating as that of Esther is Bleak House; Natasha Rostov who is sort of a tramp much like Anna Karenina except that she is redeemed through suffering unlike Anna who is redeemed through mass transit; Nikolai Rostov a young prince who goes to war; Sonya the simple poor girl Nikolai loves etc I could go on but it wouldn't make sense if you haven't read the book It barely makes sense after you've finished Unless of course you’ve kept good notes Anyway Pierre the bastard is left his father's estate and so becomes a rich count He marries Helene who is another of Tolstoy's harlots though she gets her comeuppance Anna Karenina style There are two types of women in Tolstoy’s world the impossibly pure hearted and the whorish Subtlety is not a Russian trait Prince Andrei goes to war Nikolai goes to war They fight Everyone else talks An enjoyably characterized Napoleon flits briefly across this crowded stage tugging on people's ears The Rostov's have financial difficulties Nikolai can't decide who to marry Pierre has several dozen crises of conscience At one point he becomes a Mason; at another he tries to assassinate Napoleon At all times he is thinking always thinking; there are approximately 500 pages devoted to Pierre's existential duress How I wished for Pierre to throw himself beneath a train There is an old saying that “if the world could writeit would write like Tolstoy That’s one way of viewing War and Peace It has a canvas as big as Russia and within its pages are dizzying high and nauseating lows and bland lukewarm middles The bottom line before I go on Tolstoy style is that I was disappointed My main criticism is the unfortunate mishmash of fictional narrative with historical essay You're reading the book right? Or maybe listening to it on a long commute And you're finally getting a hang of who each character is because you’ve taken my advice and sketched out a character list which is difficult when each person is called multiple things and some have nicknames and others have similiar looking patronymics But that's okay you've moved past that Suddenly you're coasting along The story is moving forward Napoleon has crossed the Danube There is drama Finally people are going to stop with the internal monologues and start shooting each other I might actually like this And then with an almost audible screech like the brakes a train Tolstoy brings the whole thing to a shuddering halt with a pedantic digression on the topic of History with a capital H and free will and military tactics and Napoleon's intelligence These digressions do several things First and most importantly they seriously disrupt the narrative All rhythm and timing is thrown off which is exactly what happened to all my school concerts when I used to play the snare drum I knew enough to uit the snare drum to focus on the recorder Tolstoy though plunges on obliviously casting all notions of structure aside You lose sight of the characters for hundreds of pages Instead of wondering what happens next you start to wonder things like where am I? and how long have I been sleeping? It tells you something when you actually start to miss Pierre's endless internal psychobabbling Second the essays are Tolstoy at his stupidest at least in my opinion; this is a philosophical gripe He believes that people have no control; that History is a force all its own and that we act according to History's push and pull Tolstoy says in effect that Napoleon is stupid but that his enemies were stupider but that doesn't matter because they were all doing what they had to do because History made them This is all verymuch a waste of time Tolstoy goes to far as to attempt to prove this argument algebraically Yeah that's just what I wanted Math Tolstoy's argument breaks down like this 1 Someone does something 2 Someone else reacts in a way that makes no sense 3 Therefore History is controlling things The fundamental flaw of course is that Tolstoy's argument really boils down to nothing than hindsight Sitting in his armchair decades after the fact having never been on those battlefields Tolstoy decides that the players on the scene acted dumbly and he attributes that to cosmic events A battle isn't lost because of bad roads or obscured vision or a shortage of ammunition which are realities in all warfare but even prevalent in the 19th century No in Tolstoy's mind it’s the Universe unfolding according to its whim Tolstoy also has a real axe to grind with Napoleon and he doesn’t hesitate to inflate his word count letting you know about it I suppose Tolstoy can be forgiven for hating Napoleon but still the book is 1200 pages long Enough His analysis of the Corsican corporal is reductive and unenlightening Napoleon was a lot of things short funny looking brilliant cruel petty brilliant ambitious oddly shaped but stupid was not among them Yet there were moments when I loved this novel Every once in awhile War and Peace comes alive in that classic way; after plodding through a turgid essay you’ll suddenly come upon a passage that's drawn so vividly you will remember it forever There is the battle of Austerlitz which is impeccably researched so much so that a narrative history I read on the subject actually cites to Tolstoy and thrillingly told especially the fight of Captain Tushin's battery There is Prince Andrei wounded on the field of Austerlitz staring up at the infinite sky realizing that he's never really looked at it before There is Pierre realizing he is in love with Natasha as he gazes at the stars and glimpses the comet of 1812 There is Napoleon suffering a cold on the eve of Borodino There is Andrei watching a cannon ball land at his feet its fuse hissing There is Petya the young adjutant who rides to his doom chasing the French during their retreat Every once in awhile there will also be something clever showing you that Tolstoy isn't just wordy but also inventive For instance there's a scene in which Tolstoy describes the thoughts of an old oak tree Indeed Among the hundreds of characters there's even a tree I was also fond of a passage in which General Kutuzov the Russian commander holds a meeting in a peasant's house to discuss abandoning Moscow Tolstoy tells this story from the point of view of a little peasant girl who in her mind calls Kutuzov grandfather It's cute but Kutuzov was no kindly old man He was an indifferent drunk The night before Austerlitz he allegedly engaged in a four some with three of the comfort women he brought with him on campaigns Unfortunately despite writing 1200 pages Tolstoy doesn't find space to devote to this occurrenceThe good though is surrounded by the bad or the boring The flyleaf of the book said that Pierre Natasha and Andrei were three of the most dynamic characters in literature I don't think so Aside from Andrei I was mostly unimpressed with the main characters Napoleon was fun in an over the top bit part Pierre is a boob and a bore and his sudden heroics during the burning of Moscow come from nowhere Natasha is a flake She's the stereotypical girl plucking the daisy I love him; I love him not; I love himThe end of the novel is like Anna Karenina a huge anti climatic letdown As we approach the final pages Tolstoy gives us a description of the battle of Borodino It is a masterpiece of military fiction The research and verisimilitude The vividness Pierre's confrontation with the Frenchman in the redoubt Now they will stop it now they will be horrified at what they have done he thought aimlessly going toward a crowd of stretcher bearers moving from the battlefield Tolstoy’s Borodino is actually one of the great battle scenes I've ever read; afterwards though things fall of a cliff There is no slow decline into mediocrity; no it happens at the turn of the page It’s like Tolstoy suddenly stopped taking steroids In an unseemly rush Tolstoy has Napoleon move into Moscow Moscow burns Napoleon retreats All of this occurs indirectly through digression filled essays on History The characters recede into the background; all narrative vitality disappears There are only a couple exceptions one scene of the city burning followed by one admittedly powerful scene of the French executing supposed arsons During the French retreat there is not a single visceral moment depicting their hard frozen march Instead we get Tolstoy nattering on about Napoleon’s stupidity Then come the Epilogues When I reached them I felt a bit like a cowboy in one of those old westerns who is riding across the desert and finds a well except the well is dry and full of snakes and then an Indian shoots him with an arrow We will never know the fates of the dozens of characters we've followed for the previous thousand pages Tolstoy leaves their destinies to the imagination so that he can rant It’s a stupefying literary decision and reminded me of nothing so much as my Uncle Ed on Thanksgiving after five glasses of wine You can't get him to shut up Except at Thanksgiving Uncle Ed usually passes out by the fourth uarter of the Cowboys game Not Tolstoy Not even death can uiet him War and Peace was an experience There were times I envisioned myself reaching the end spiking the book like a football and then doing some sort of victory dance around the splayed pages When I got there though I simply sighed leaned back in my chair and thought At least this was better than Moby Dick

  5. Michael says:

    This is one of those books that can be life changing I read this as a teenager and I remember exactly where I was sitting on my bed in my grandmother's house in southern Germany when I finished it I must have spent an hour just staring out the window in awe of the lives I'd just led the experiences I'd just hadI'm now re reading this enjoying it immensely and no doubt appreciating it much than I did the first time Tolstoy has the most amazing ability to make us feel when he zooms out and examines historical events that the individual is nothing and then when he zooms in and paints intimate portraits of his characters that the individual is everything BreathtakingBy the way I'm reading the Anthony Briggs translation Penguin Classics and it's marvelous I'm uite picky when it comes to translations and this is one of the best I've readIt's in the sweeping battle scenes that Tolstoy shows how insignificant the individual really is how even generals and emperors are at the mercy of random and unpredictable events Then when Tolstoy switches to the intimate drawing room scenes the entire perspective shifts and nothing matters than the individual consciousness that he depicts The juxtaposition of these two feelings is just well geniusI'd forgotten how mystical Tolstoy gets with respect to Pierre's conversion or enlightenment or getting religion It's fascinating how Pierre becomes animated by these great ideas and that's a sign of his maturity whereas Prince Andrey matures in an almost opposite way by eschewing his former great ideas regarding military heroism and focusing instead at this point in the narrative on his baby sonThe contrapuntal movement of Pierre and Andrey's development is only highlighted when they're together debating whether one ought to try to improve people's lives Pierre or just focus on one's own happiness and leave the world alone Andrey It's actually a profound debate which then ends when Andrey beholds the vast sky again and something stirs inside him something long dormant and we as readers can't help anticipating that Andrey will be backOne of the great glories of reading War and Peace is to encounter in a novel characters struggling with serious philosophical issues not as airy abstractions but rather in terms of how they ought to live Pierre and Prince Andrey are the prime examples of this I kept thinking as I read the sections in which they struggle earnestly with such uestions that contemporary American fiction has precious little of this I wonder if it's because we've all drunk the kool aid that says show don't tell making contemporary novelists shy away from such material But this little mantra while seemingly objective renders entire realms of fiction off limits Tolstoy is constantly telling us what Pierre and Andrey are thinking and the novel is so much better for itTolstoy's peace is of course anything but it's full of anticipation and intrigue and philosophical yearning from the bursting bewildering sallies of youth Natasha to the resigned feeling that life isn't what you dreamed when you were young and perhaps you aren't either Pierre The deftness and sheer range of human drama is staggeringAnd the war when it returns is no abstract matter Everywhere there are people caught up in this great event bewildered by it Here's Rostov on seeing the French officer he's brought down This pale mud stained face of a fair haired young man with a dimple on his chin and bright blue eyes had no business with battlefields; it was not the face of an enemy; it was a domestic indoor face Rostov can't help seeing him as a human being and in that moment his enthusiasm suddenly drained awayIt's interesting how when Rostov chases the French officer on horseback he thinks about the wolf hunt he was recently on When I read the scene of the hunt where the hunters capture the old She Wolf and her cubs I couldn't help feeling sorry for those animals for that animal family hunted for pure sport I wondered how that scene would come back into the narrative because of the obvious symbolic weight of it and here it is in the scene of war The characters hadn't empathized with the She Wolf in the same way that Rostov does with the French officer but I wonder if we're meant to anyway or at least be made somewhat uncomfortable as I was by such sport killing perhaps seeing it as a prelude to another kind of sport killing altogether namely warTolstoy can't help wearing his patriotism on his sleeve a bit as he describes Napoleon's advance and the rival Moscow social circles one of which has eschewed anything French while the other clings to its Francophile ways Of course the French speaking social circle is that of Helene who's cold and manipulative and whose brother schemed to snatch away Natasha in such well French fashion But this is no bald tale of Russian virtue and French perfidy Tolstoy is finely attuned to the chaos of war and to the humans that engage in it so much alike than not as everyone tries simply to survive and perhaps claim a little glory in the endI love how Tolstoy peppers his narrative with keen insights into human nature Here he is when describing the attitude of Muscovites on the approach of Napoleon At the first approach of danger two voices always speak out with eual force in a man's heart one tells him very sensibly to consider the exact extent of the danger and any means of avoiding it; the other says even sensibly that it's too wearisome and agonizing to contemplate the danger since it is not in a man's power to anticipate future events and avoid the general run of things so you might as well turn away from the nastiness until it hits you and dwell on things that are pleasantTolstoy describes the cavalcade of human affairs as well as anyone and the evacuation of Moscow is a great example of it so many little stories described with the deftest brushstrokes The irony and humor also shine through when he describes Berg's ridiculous recitation of war stories or Count Rostov's childlike diffidence when it comes to the issue of whether they should empty their wagons of belongings in order to make room for wounded soldiersHurtling toward the end now and Tolstoy is hammering his theme that the individual is a slave to fate and mysterious forces This adds much irony to his tale and some biting commentary as well as when he says These man carried away by their passions were nothing than the blind executors of the saddest law of necessity; but they saw themselves as heroes and mistook their doings for achievements of the highest virtue and honourIn the final pages the scenes return to domestic life full of family as the war generation ages and their children are born So many mixed emotions in the characters and in me the reader as our story ebbs to a close as this towering and monumental work of art draws ever nearer to silence Memento mori the characters are described as feeling in the face of an old countess and the same can be said of this entire work which is a testament to the fragility and beauty and fleetingness of life itselfAnd then finally we see Pierre and Natasha together but the last lines of the dramatic narrative belong to young Nikolay Prince Andrey's son who thinks Father Father Yes I'm going to do something even he would have been pleased withTolstoy then delves directly into a philosophical treatise on free will capping his narrative with the final summation that it is no less essential to get away from a false sensation of freedom and accept a dependence that we cannot feelWith that the book closes and I feel again what a monumental work I've just encountered I'll spend many days and weeks pondering these pages recalling little scenes and thinking about Tolstoy's grand arguments The scope is breathtaking and profound yet on every page you feel the frantic beating of the human heart Despite all its spiritual claims it's a deeply humanistic work

  6. Emily May says:

    So I did it I finally convinced myself to read War and Peace partly because it's just something everyone wants to say they've done and partly because one always needs a good excuse to procrastinate during the exam period when I should have been studying And you know what I really enjoyed most of it The novel is far less taxing than I imagined I don't know if that's because the English translation goes easy on us non Russians or because Tolstoy wrote it in a uite light hearted fashion I suspect I shall never find that out for myselfPersonally I think a much better title for this book would be War and People Because though an in depth look at history during the time Napoleon had ambitions to take over Europe this is first and foremost about humanity and Tolstoy observes humanity and all its weirdness with a sense of humour and occasionally sadness I don't like to make too many predictions about the older authors some people will tell you that Bram Stoker was a feminist and William Shakespeare was a humanist I think these are uite melodramatic conclusions to make about authors who lived in societies where they would struggle to be thatHowever Tolstoy may or may not consider himself liberal forward thinking a humanist and I wouldn't state that he is any of those things But I think his perception of the human condition in the nineteenth century shows he is somewhat before his time in his ability to see almost every character as flawed confusing but ultimately human He manages to construct a comphrehensive view of humanity and Russian culture at the time in uestion complete with betrayals and scandals and affairs But though the characters may place blame on one another like calling Natasha a hussy Tolstoy appears to remain impartial Those who stray from the conservative path of the nineteenth century do not do so without reasonAnother reason that War and People is a much better title for this book is because there is very little peace going on in here There are times when the battles aren't raging of course but there is always something eually dramatic happening within the social world of Russian high society People falling in and out of love people having affairs wealthy aristocrats dying and leaving their fortune to illegitimate sons It seems to me that there's a constant war going on in this book just sometimes it isn't on the battlefieldAnd oddly enough it was the real wars in War and Peace that interested me least of all They were probably the reason this book got four stars instead of five and because goodreads rating system is about personal enjoyment rather than literary merit I felt much entertained by the soap opera that was the lives of the Russian nobles than by the tedious and repetitive battle scenes There were guns and canons and horses riveting But thankfully like I said Tolstoy's masterpiece is about people than anything else and this is the reason that I saw this book through and enjoyed the journey

  7. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    857 War and Peace Leo TolstoyWar and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievementsTolstoy said War and Peace is not a novel even less is it a poem and still less a historical chronicle Large sections especially the later chapters are philosophical discussion rather than narrative Tolstoy also said that the best Russian literature does not conform to standards and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel Instead he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novelعنوان جنگ و صلح لئو ن تولستوی نیلوفر، صفیعلیشاه ادبیات روسیه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز نوزدهم ماه ژوئن سال 1978میلادیعنوان جنگ و صلح ؛ نویسنده ل لی یف ن نیکالایویچ تولستوی؛ مترجم کاظم انصاری؛ تهران، صفیعلیشاه، 1334، در چهار جلد؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان روسیه سده 19ممترجمین دیگر این اثر بانوان «شهلا انسانی»؛ و «سوسن اردکانی»؛ و جنابان آقایان «سروش حبیبی»؛ «مصطفی جمشیدی»؛ «داریوش شاهین» و «مصباح خسروی»؛ و ؛ هستند و همچنان باشند هماره سرفراز؛نقل نمونه متن ادعای مورخی که میگوید «ناپلئون» به این جهت به «مسکو» رفت، که خواهان این عمل بود، و به این جهت سقوط کرد، که «الکساندر» آرزوی سقوط و نابودی او را داشت؛ همانند ادعای کسی است، که واژگون شدن کوه چند هزار خرواری را، که زیرش خالی شده، نتیجه ی آخرین ضربت کلنگ کارگری میداند؛ هم درست است هم نادرست؛ در رویدادهای تاریخی، مردان به اصطلاح بزرگ، تنها برچسبهایی هستند، که برای نامیدن رویدادها به کار میروند، و همانند برچسبها، کمتر از هر چیز، با خود آن رویداد ارتباط دارند؛ پایان نقل از ص 675، کتاب «جنگ و صلح لئو تولستوی»؛این اثر و چند کتاب پربرگ دیگر را، در روزهای تعطیلات عید نوروز سال 1356هجری خورشیدی، خواندم؛ برای دیدار خانواده، که در تبریز بودند، بهانه آوردم، و نرفتم، ترک عادت کردم؛ مجرد بودم، دوستان هم همگی به سفر نوروزی رفته بودند، چند کیلو ماهی «ساردین» از میدان بیست و چهار اسفند یا انقلاب امروزی خریدم، خانه ام در میرداماد، در خیابان اطلسی بود، ماهیها را سرخ کردم، تا برای ناهار و شام و صبحانه، وقت تلف نکنم، تند و تند این دو مجلد، و چند جلد کتاب پربرگ دیگر را، در آن یکهفته خواندم؛ اما عنوان آن کتابهای دیگر یادم نمانده است؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    857 ВОИНА И МИР War and Peace Leo TolstoyWar and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievementsThe novel begins in July 1805 in Saint Petersburg at a soirée given by Anna Pavlovna Scherer—the maid of honour and confidante to the dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna Many of the main characters are introduced as they enter the salon Pierre Pyotr Kirilovich Bezukhov is the illegitimate son of a wealthy count who is dying after a series of strokes Pierre is about to become embroiled in a struggle for his inheritance Educated abroad at his father's expense following his mother's death Pierre is kindhearted but socially awkward and finds it difficult to integrate into Petersburg society It is known to everyone at the soiree that Pierre is his father's favorite of all the old count's illegitimate progeny جنگ و صلح لئو ن تولستوی نیلوفر ادبیات روسیه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش در سال 1978میلادیعنوان جنگ و صلح ؛ نویسنده ل لی یف ن نیکالایویچ تولستوی؛ مترجم کاظم انصاری؛ تهران، صفیعلیشاه، 1334، در چهار جلد؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان روسیه سده 19ممترجمین دیگر این اثر بانوان محترم شهلا انسانی؛ و سوسن اردکانی؛ و آقایان جنابان سروش حبیبی؛ مصطفی جمشیدی؛ داریوش شاهین و مصباح خسروی؛ هستندادعای مورخی که میگوید ناپلئون، به این جهت به مسکو رفت، که خواهان این عمل بود، و به این جهت سقوط کرد، که «الکساندر»، آرزوی سقوط و نابودی او را داشت؛ همانند ادعای کسی است، که واژگون شدن کوه چند هزار خرواری را، که زیرش خالی شده، نتیجه ی آخرین ضربت کلنگ یک کارگر بداند؛ هم درست و هم نادرست است؛ در رخدادهای تاریخی، مردان به اصطلاح بزرگ، تنها برچسبهایی هستند، که برای نامیدن رخدادها، به کار میروند، و همانند برچسبها، کمتر از هر چیز، با خود آن رخداد، ارتباط دارند؛ پایان نقل از ص 675، لئو تولستویاین اثر و چند کتاب پربرگ دیگر را در روزهای تعطیلات عید نوروز سال 1356هجری خورشیدی خواندم؛ برای دیدار خانواده، که در تبریز بودند، بهانه آوردم، و نرفتم، ترک عادت کردم؛ مجرد بودم، دوستان هم به سفر نوروزی رفته بودند، چند کیلو ماهی ساردین از میدان بیست و چهار اسفند یا انقلاب امروزی خریدم، خانه ام در «میرداماد»، در خیابان «اطلسی» بود، ماهیها را سرخ کردم، تا برای ناهار و شام و صبحانه، وقت تلف نکنم، تند و تند این دو مجلد، و چند جلد کتاب پربرگ دیگر را، در آن یکهفته خواندم؛ اما عنوان آن کتابهای دیگر یادم نمانده است؛تولستوی، کتاب «جنگ و صلح» را در سال 1869میلادی نوشتند؛ این کتاب یکی از بزرگوار‌ترین آثار ادبیات «روسیه» و از مهم‌ترین رمان‌های ادبیات جهان به شمار می‌رود؛ در این رمان طولانی، بیش از پانصد و هشتاد شخصیت، با وسواس ستوده شده ‌اند، و یکی از باارزشترین منابع پژوهش و بررسی، در تاریخ سیاسی و اجتماعی سده نوزدهم میلادی امپراتوری روسیه است، که به شرح پایداری «روس»‌ها، در برابر یورش ارتش «فرانسه» به رهبری «ناپلئون بناپارت» می‌پردازد؛ ناقدان آثار ادبی، آن را یکی از بزرگ‌ترین رمان‌های جهان نیز می‌دانند؛ این رمان، «زندگی اجتماعی» و سرگذشت پنج خانواده اشرافی «روس» را، در دوران جنگ‌های «روسیه و فرانسه» در سال‌های 1805میلادی تا 1814میلادی به تصویر می‌کشد؛ مهم‌ترین شخصیت‌های این حماسه ی بزرگ «شاهزاده آندرِی بالکونسکی»، «کنت پیر بزوخوف»، «شاهزاده ناتاشا روستوا»، «شاهزاده ماریا بالکونسکایا»، «شاهزاده نیکولا روستوف»، «دولوخوف»، «واسکا دنیسف»، «پرنس واسیلی کوارگین»، «الن کوارگین»، «آناتول کوارگین»، «پتیا رستف»، «ورا رستف»، «سونیا رستف»، «کنت ایلیا رستف»، «کنتس رستفوا»، «لیزا بالکونسکایا»، «نیکولانکیا بالکونسکی»؛ و «پرنسس آنا دروبت سوکایا»؛ و ؛ هستندتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 31051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  9. Adam Dalva says:

    In this frightening isolated time let me direct you to War and Peace People resist this book they do it because it's something of a punch line as a monolithic difficult novel But this is one of the frothiest soap operas of a novel that I know of with far narrative propulsion than the excellent but sometimes slow ANNA KARENINA Two nations at war great world leaders and generals yes but also trench life and even so relevantly now the way war alters lives at home The thrills of this novel should not be spoiled but the memories are indelible a dramatic entrance in an opera house a medical seuence as harrowing as it is moving Pierre in Moscow aflame Tolstoy's creations in the book are near perfect Natasha Andrei and Pierre that most lovable of teddy bears and dozens of spectacular supporting characters intertwining in complex ways It is not a difficult book just a long one And it as spell binding and transporting reading experience that I know of Tolstoy is the ur novelist for a reason It's probably already on your shelf It's been there for years since college maybeStart it this evening Trust me

  10. Matthew says:

    Holy cow I am done Not sure what to say I feel like I should write a 1000 page review but I will keep it short I finished the book while a passenger in a mini van stuck in horrible Atlanta trafficThe book was not uite as readable as some other BIG books I have read but still pretty good What amazed me is how few specific events occurred during the 1000 pages Tolstoy was just really detailed in describing the events Only a few times though did I feel like it was too muchThis book may not be for everyone but it sure feels cool to be able to say War and Peace? Yeah I read that

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