War and Peace by Leo TolstoyWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

byLeo Tolstoy, Louise MaudeTranslated byAylmer Maude

Paperback | November 14, 2010

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'If life could write, it would write like Tolstoy.' Isaac BabelTolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that isplayed out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirees alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed. The prodigious cast ofcharacters, both great and small, seem to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy's portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes thatunderlie them.In this revised and updated version of the definitive and highly acclaimed Maude translation, Tolstoy's genius and the power of his prose are made newly available to the contemporary reader.
Amy Mandelker has taught at UCLA, University of Southern California, Columbia, Brown and Princeton Universities. Her books include Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question and the Novel of Adultery (1993) and Approaches to World Literature: Teaching Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina' and she has introduced the Barnes and Noble editio...
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Title:War and PeaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1440 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0 inPublished:November 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199232768

ISBN - 13:9780199232765

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Amazing book, would totally recommend to any lovers of literature and good prose
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This is an incredible book, a must read. It touches all the emotions: love, hate, fear and laughter. The story is populated with characters you will never forget. Well worth the time it takes to read it.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic and Fascinating War and Peace is one of those books that I’ve always wanted to read, but have always been intimidated by. Not that long ago, I decided to give it ago — and I was so glad that I did. It’s such an amazing and iconic book that instead of writing a review, I’ll just talk about my experience reading it. What else can you say except that the book is epic — in scope and in writing. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but the novel is broken up into parts so it makes it easier, and less intimidating, to read. It’s almost like reading a series. Tolstoy has this wonderful ability to keep the scope both personal and universal at the same time. The stories of the individual people and the drama of their lives is juxtaposed brilliantly against the war and the politics of France invading Russia. I was taken by many of the characters and was happy to be shown their lives, happinesses, and pains over the course of many years. There is also a great sense of the difference between the lives of men and women in this novel. It’s fascinating how Tolstoy adds, very clearly, his own personal views on politics, how great Russia is and why, and how terrible Napoleon is and how he failed. These overt political views are something that is not found in modern writing. I felt I had a whole new understanding on the entire time period, both on the global scale of the war, but also on the manners and values of the Russian people (especially of upper class Russians). Even though I know Tolstoy’s views are biassed, that is part of the history too.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from War and Peace An amazing accomplishment of a novel
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Story War and Peace is unlike any other novel ever written. This translation is best for those interested in a more historically accurate interpretation. Other translations try hard to be modern, but this one stays true to the story's classic nature.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from War And Peace It’s lengthier than necessary, but there’s interesting characters and good storytelling in there. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic This book is a classic but it can be slow at times.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it this book is amazinggg read it right now #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic An absolutely beautiful work, definitely worth reading
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oxford World's Classics This is the best available physical copy of War and Peace. The Translation by Aylmer and Louise Maude is smooth and still highly regarded nearly a century after its publication. The best part of this edition is that it includes extensive footnotes and end-notes, maps, and a spoiler-free character list. The map was especially helpful to me.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely collectors edition of a classic novel. My favourite novel to date! I love that this edition broke the book into three parts, making it easier to carry with me, and somehow faster to get through than the first time around. Highly recommend this version as an investment piece for anyone's library.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long, difficult read but worth it Took me 4 years of off-on reading but well worth the time investment. Especially the last few books. This really is literature and there is barely a plot. Beautiful writing despite being a translation. Must be even better in Russian?
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Russian Classics, the best book for collectors and lovers of Russian history.
Date published: 2016-11-17