Book review: "War and peace" by Leo Tolstoy - Eli Bendersky's websiteThis is the second time I've read this book. The first was a copy I borrowed a few years ago, and now I've purchased one for my own library. I try to collect good books I really loved reading, and "War an peace" easily falls into this category. It is an epic novel in the truest sense of "epic". Stretching over a period of several decades, it masterfully describes the history of Russia from the end of the 18th century and into the first third of the s. At more than pages, it is definitely one of the longest novels out there, but unlike many much shorter books, its length is well justified. I can barely count on the fingers of one hand the amount of times I felt some section is too long.
In the s, he wrote his first great novel, War and Peace. In , Tolstoy set to work on the second of his best known novels, Anna Karenina. He continued to write fiction throughout the s and s. One of his most successful later works was The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Tolstoy died on November 20, in Astapovo, Russia. During quiet periods while Tolstoy was a junker in the Army, he worked on an autobiographical story called Childhood.
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.
It is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievements. The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version, titled The Year ,  were serialized in The Russian Messenger from to , then published in its entirety in Tolstoy said War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle. Instead, he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel. Tolstoy began writing War and Peace in , the year that he finally married and settled down at his country estate.
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War and Peace , historical novel by Leo Tolstoy , originally published as Voyna i mir in — War and Peace begins in the Russian city of St. Most of the characters are introduced at a party, including Pierre Bezukhov , Andrey Bolkonsky , and the Kuragin and Rostov families. Much of the novel focuses on the interactions between the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys , and the Rostovs. Andrey is then injured at the Battle of Austerlitz and presumed dead, until he arrives home to his wife, Lise, who dies during childbirth soon after. Pierre, meanwhile, has married Helene Kuragina. She is unfaithful to him, and Pierre duels with the other man, almost killing him.
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