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    War and Peace (Paperback, Olga Claridge Aylmer Maude Louise Maude Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy)

    War and Peace  (Paperback, Olga Claridge Aylmer Maude Louise Maude Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: University Of California Press
    • ISBN: 9781853260629, 1853260622
    • Edition: 1993
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    War And Peace traces the fortunes of five upper class families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Summary Of The Book

    War And Peace opens at a party hosted by a socialite in St. Petersburg. At the party, the readers are introduced to five families whose destinies are followed throughout the book.

    The party marks Pierre Bezukhov’s entrance into St. Petersburg’s society. He has been living abroad, and this is his formal introduction into Russian society. He is the illegitimate son and heir of Count Kirill Bezukhov.

    The Bolkonskys live at their rural estate. They are a wealthy family whose head is the eccentric Nikolai Bolkonsky. His son, Prince Andrei, is married. Prince Andrei has a sister, Princess Marya.

    The Rostovs are an aristocratic family who are in financial trouble. Count Rostov and his wife have four children, Nikolai, Natasha, Vera and Pyotr. They also have an adopted child, Sonya Rostov, who is an orphaned cousin to the Rostovs. There is also Princess Drubetskoy and her son Boris. They are both ambitious and cunning. There is the amoral and unscrupulous family, the Kuragins. The head of the Kuragin family is the scheming Price Vassily. He has three children, Anatole, Ippolit and Helene.

    The story is set at the start of Russia’s confrontation with Napoleon’s France. As the political climate changes and peace breaks down, the fortunes of the five families are also affected. Andrei and Nikolai enlist and fight the invading French Army. For others like Pierre, life throws some special challenges. He emerges victorious in the conflict to inherit the family fortunes. But he has married Helene Kuragin and he gets tired of her various affairs. He becomes a Freemason and tries to find some relief through his new faith.

    Meanwhile, Andrei is injured and returns home. His wife has died at childbirth and his sister is taking care of his child. Natasha Rostov falls in love with Andrei, but Andrei’s father refuses to give his immediate consent and asks them to wait. During that time, Natasha falls under the spell of Anatole Kuragin and her relationship with Andrei is broken.

    The drama grows as the characters try to sort out their relationships and their lives. Andrei becomes obsessed with developing a new system of military discipline. Pierre is driven to insanity by his personal troubles. Nikolai faces a conflict as he has to decide between keeping his promise of marriage to Sonya or marrying Marya to help his family.

    War And Peace is one of the longest novels ever written. Epic in its sweeping coverage of the fortunes of five families and allied characters during the French Invasion of Russia, it is ranked among the best of Tolstoy’s works.

    About Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

    Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was an eminent Russian novelist.

    His other works include Family Happiness, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Cossacks, and The Forged Coupon.

    Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana in Russia in 1828. He was married to Sophia Andreevna Behrs, called Sonya. They had fourteen children. Their later life together was not considered very happy. After the Russian revolution, the Tolstoy family moved to Sweden, UK, and other parts of Europe. Tolstoy’s ideas on nonviolent resistance is said to have inspired people like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 1993
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Olga Claridge Aylmer Maude Louise Maude Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 4.72 inch
    • Height
      • 7.67 inch
    • Depth
      • 65 inch
    • Weight
      • 658 g
    Ratings and Reviews
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    now i won't actually write a review on war and peace simply because i don't consider myself qualified for that (my last name is not nabokov). I read war and peace nearly a year ago and i spent 6 months* reading it which wasn't that much when you consider that tolstoy spent 6 years writing it and this was only due to the intriguing ways in which tolstoy analyses the human heart which can left you spell bound if u are actually reading it(plz don't read this for improving your english and it won...
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    chirag tapadia

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    Great Book but very small font

    The book, of course, is great and a classic but do not buy this edition if you have problem reading small font. War and Peace is a VERY LARGE book in to fit it in just 1024 pages is not possible unless the quality is compromised. I get a headache when I try to read it.
    Wordsworth Editions are great but just this one isn't. If you can, buy the Penguin edition, but that is about twice the cost of this one.
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    Saurabh Pal

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    "â??"I was then wiser and had more insight than at any other time, and understood all that is worth understanding in life, because...because I was happy."


    Words cannot do justice to the words of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.

    War and Peace is not simply a novel that speaks of these juxtaposed states, but of human existance. It is populated by characters of each and every kind fathomable, whom we seem to know as intimately and closely as ourselves.

    Personally, I was most affected by the cha...
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    Partha Sharma

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    1 Apr, 2012

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    Must be read at least twice !!

    Not becoz you wont understand it the first time , its just that you need to spend more time to truely appreciate the classic by tolstoy..the epilogue is so true that even after more than 100 yrs since this book was written the validity of what has been written in the book still hold s true
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    SYLAR

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    Very small font

    This is not the edition you should be buying. Buy it for the self. You won't enjoy reading because of the smaller font size. I do not think anything about the novel has to be reviewed. It is a classic.
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    Joxy Johny

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    One of the best classics of all time

    This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading. As usual the book was delivered on time well wrapped and in perfect condition. The only drawback is that the size of the letters on each page are slightly small. But this book is definitely worth the money.
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    Faheem Mohammed Konnakkodan

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    29 Dec, 2011

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    War and Peace

    The story is good but I found the cover art not that attractive and as a book collector, I think that influences my opinion of it a lot. Plus the pages are thin but I guess they have to be so because it is a very big volume. However it still is very good quality and you'll definitely enjoy it
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    Kanika

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    12 Sep, 2017

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    Value-for-money

    Printing font is small else book is good.
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    Abhijeet Kushwaha

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    9 Sep, 2017

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    Highly recommended

    Nice book☺
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    Flipkart Customer

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    23 Nov, 2016

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    very small letters

    THis book is a classic with more than 500 characters so i dont have to write about how good it is but IT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS OR AMATEURS, and about the quality of thE book ... everythings fine except for the big size and INCREDIBLY SMALL TEXT.....this small text isnt good for your eyes
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    Jhignas Bhogadi

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