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Signet Classics War And Peace

by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Ann Dunnigan
Introduction by John Bayley

January 1, 1981 | Mass Market Paperbound

Signet Classics War And Peace is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 12.
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: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1456 pages, 6.86 × 4.22 × 2.25 in

Published: January 1, 1981

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451523261

ISBN - 13: 9780451523266

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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 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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Signet Classics War And Peace

Signet Classics War And Peace

by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Ann Dunnigan
Introduction by John Bayley

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1456 pages, 6.86 × 4.22 × 2.25 in

Published: January 1, 1981

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451523261

ISBN - 13: 9780451523266

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

Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.

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Details the invasion of Russia by Napoleon and his army.