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Penguin Classics War And Peace

by Leo Tolstoy
Foreword by Rosemary Edmonds
Translated by Rosemary Edmonds

Penguin UK (PB) | April 29, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Penguin Classics War And Peace is rated 4.2857 out of 5 by 14.
In Russia''s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Yet while his historical vision ranged beyond national frontiers, his imaginative vision focused, with extraordinary intensity, on the lives of individuals, on the physical reality of human experience and its bewildering complexity. 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''.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1472 pages, 8 × 5.28 × 2.36 in

Published: April 29, 2003

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140444173

ISBN - 13: 9780140444179

Found in: Literary
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Tolstoy's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/08/war-and-peace-by-leo-tolstoy.html
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from War and Peace My grandfather, bless him, had me read a copy he had -- no, not in Russian, but in Ukrainian. Quite a feat! Then I read the novel in English -- a wonderful unabridged version. My feelings are the same--a compelling story of the human condition. Now my granddaughter plans to read the same English translation--all power to her!
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Highly recommended novel set in the Napoleonic era. The Author is infamous for his attention to detail and his descriptive language. The book is hard for some people to get into or sometimes to find the flow as it has been translated a bunch of time but if you find the right translation and stick it out it is one of the best classical novels every written. I was fortunately enough to have it assigned reading back in high school and have since then picked up many more of his novels. If you enjoyed War and Peace also try the Idiot.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves its reputation! The first book I read by Tolstoy was «Anna Karenina» and I loved it so much, and realized that it was probably time to read War and Peace. While Anna Karenina is my favourite of the two, I loved War and Peace. The parts that were solely about war and the history and different tactics were very interesting. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful War and Peace is set in the time of the Napoleonic era. Each character has a theme: political, religion, and deception. Each character is unique and very complex. This book is very long, and very hard. Perhaps it is so hard is because they through in sentences in French every-other page. This book is amazing, and worth the two-weeks of attempting to read it. It is probably one of the best books I have ever read!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible I did not like this book. like others have said it everything is discribed in the smallest detail. This book would only benifit humans if a teacher was using it for examples of adjectives. I don't know how people can classify tolstoy as one of the best righters of all time. Yes, I have to admitt that he has said some deep and profound things and that is the only thing that would mae me mark a 1 if zero was possible
Date published: 2005-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book, the best of all times This would definitly my favorite book of all time, the detail, the writing, none of the pages is unnecessary. You should read this classic when you have the chance, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2001-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from War and Peace: The Greatest Novel Ever Written The book War and Peace is as many have said, "The greatest novel ever written." Tolstoy was, evidently, a remarkable person with the great gift of writing everything to the minutest detail. This book was set during the early 1800's, in a time in which there were many wars in the ‘East'. Higher class citizens were known as counts, countesses, princes and princesses and a Tsar still ruled Russia. This is an excellent book and, because of it's fine detail, would be an excellent resource for history. War and Peace is an excellent read. The author is first rate. I highly recommend that all students who wish to pursue a higher education, read this book.
Date published: 2001-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastique! If Mr. Paul Grimes had taken the time to read a further 398 pages he would have happened across the infamous "Battle of Le Minge" chapter. This fact based expression of one of the greatest episodes in French military history makes the slow-build up seem very worthwhile.
Date published: 2001-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever Written Count Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" is probably the best novel ever written. Although the book is VERY long and the first 100 pages are pretty boring, there are 1400 other pages that are excellent and will keep you reading right to the very end.
Date published: 2000-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best coffee table book ever In answer to Mr Grimes of Brampton's review, I HAVE read the book, 6 times, and although it took me a while to understand it, I thought it was a great read. The overview of Franco-Russo backdrops, and the central characters including the struggling doctor (played in the film I believe by Omar Sharrif), are excellent. I bought it my dad for Christmas I enjoyed it so much.
Date published: 2000-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from whew!! glad I had two years to kill. Has anyone ever read this all the way through? I tried. I got to page 6546 before giving up. It was not detailed enough, there were too many minor characters that failed to stimulate the imagination. A lack of knowledge of Russian/French politics doesn't help either. A disappointment, since I had been told it is the greatest book ever.
Date published: 2000-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a true classic I must admit that I regretted buying and reading the book for the first 1000 pages! Yet to have given up at that point, would have been stopping moments before finding the holy grail. By the end, the book proved to be the true classic it is known to be. Most authors deal with one particular issue in their book but Tolstoy tackles humanity in its entirety. In addition, the book is an absolute must for anyone having any degree of serious interest in history. Tolstoy's view and interpretation of history is unique, eye-opening, intriquing and therefore must be read and considered. I strongly recommand the book to anyone who has the patience to embark on the long journey that is Tolstoy's "War and Peace" to find at the end,a gem and a true classic.
Date published: 2000-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good! A book this daunting, requiring three weeks off of work just to read it, has got to be dry...or so I thought. A surprisingly good and enjoyable read. For anyone brave enough to try it, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2000-01-27

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Penguin Classics War And Peace

by Leo Tolstoy
Foreword by Rosemary Edmonds
Translated by Rosemary Edmonds

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1472 pages, 8 × 5.28 × 2.36 in

Published: April 29, 2003

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140444173

ISBN - 13: 9780140444179

From the Publisher

In Russia''s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Yet while his historical vision ranged beyond national frontiers, his imaginative vision focused, with extraordinary intensity, on the lives of individuals, on the physical reality of human experience and its bewildering complexity. 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''.

About the Author

Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In 1851 he became a soldier in the Caucasus and began to publish even while stationed there (Childhood [1852] and other works). Even more significant were his experiences during the Crimean War: the siege of Sevastopol provided the background for his sketches of human behavior in battle in the Sevastopol Stories (1855--56). After the war, Tolstoy mixed for a time with St. Petersburg literary society, traveled extensively abroad, and married Sophia Bers. The couple were happy for a long time, with Countess Tolstoy participating actively in her husband's literary and other endeavors. The center of Tolstoy's life became family, which he celebrated in the final section of War and Peace (1869). In this great novel, he unfolded the stories of several families in Russia during the Napoleonic period and explored the nature of historical causation and of freedom and necessity. A different note emerged in Anna Karenina (1876). Here, too, Tolstoy focused on families but this time emphasized an individual's conflict with society's norms. A period of inner crisis, depression, and thoughts of suicide culminated in Tolstoy's 1879 conversion to a rationalistic form of Christianity in which moral behavior w
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From Our Editors

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, Leo Tolstoy's epic encompasses history and humanity, life and death, joy and grief. Sweeping across grim times and the situations of extreme difficulty, Tolstoy paints a portrait of all humanity. An immensely complex book, War and Peace is often regarded as the greatest novel ever written in any language — and the scope of its tragedy and vision have made it an enormously powerful, enduring classic.

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18