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A OBRA-PRIMA DE UM DOS GIGANTES DA LITERATURA UNIVERSAL Guerra e Paz é o verdadeiro clássico da literatura universal. No início do século XIX, a Rússia é devastada pelos exércitos de Napoleão e as vidas de homens e mulheres cruzam-se num tecido narrativo deslumbrante. Tanto as vidas mais mundanas como os faustosos bailes, as tramas políticas ou as violentas campanhas bélica A OBRA-PRIMA DE UM DOS GIGANTES DA LITERATURA UNIVERSAL Guerra e Paz é o verdadeiro clássico da literatura universal. No início do século XIX, a Rússia é devastada pelos exércitos de Napoleão e as vidas de homens e mulheres cruzam-se num tecido narrativo deslumbrante. Tanto as vidas mais mundanas como os faustosos bailes, as tramas políticas ou as violentas campanhas bélicas do Czar Alexandre são trabalhadas com o realismo e limpidez que caracterizam o génio de Lev Tolstoi. Sempre presentes estão as desigualdades sociais e os caprichos de uma aristocracia vã e indiferente à miséria e ao sacrifício. Esta é uma obra intemporal que condensa toda a condição humana, simultaneamente romance histórico, bélico e filosófico, e propõe acutilantes reflexões sobre os temas que nos movem e comovem: a vida, o sacrifício, a liberdade, a justiça, o amor e a honra. Inclui os livros 1 e 2


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A OBRA-PRIMA DE UM DOS GIGANTES DA LITERATURA UNIVERSAL Guerra e Paz é o verdadeiro clássico da literatura universal. No início do século XIX, a Rússia é devastada pelos exércitos de Napoleão e as vidas de homens e mulheres cruzam-se num tecido narrativo deslumbrante. Tanto as vidas mais mundanas como os faustosos bailes, as tramas políticas ou as violentas campanhas bélica A OBRA-PRIMA DE UM DOS GIGANTES DA LITERATURA UNIVERSAL Guerra e Paz é o verdadeiro clássico da literatura universal. No início do século XIX, a Rússia é devastada pelos exércitos de Napoleão e as vidas de homens e mulheres cruzam-se num tecido narrativo deslumbrante. Tanto as vidas mais mundanas como os faustosos bailes, as tramas políticas ou as violentas campanhas bélicas do Czar Alexandre são trabalhadas com o realismo e limpidez que caracterizam o génio de Lev Tolstoi. Sempre presentes estão as desigualdades sociais e os caprichos de uma aristocracia vã e indiferente à miséria e ao sacrifício. Esta é uma obra intemporal que condensa toda a condição humana, simultaneamente romance histórico, bélico e filosófico, e propõe acutilantes reflexões sobre os temas que nos movem e comovem: a vida, o sacrifício, a liberdade, a justiça, o amor e a honra. Inclui os livros 1 e 2

30 review for Guerra e Paz - Volume I de II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Seewald

    After years of lying to myself and others I finally read the entire book - completely on my IPhone no less. In my defense, I couldn't help lying. After working tirelessly to sustain a (minor) reputation as a reader (and quite knowledgable person)of 19th cetury Russian writers I found it impossible to admit I never read the biggest book of them all. Now that I have read it I can only say that the hype doesn't live up to the book. Sweeping historical movement combined with brilliant observations o After years of lying to myself and others I finally read the entire book - completely on my IPhone no less. In my defense, I couldn't help lying. After working tirelessly to sustain a (minor) reputation as a reader (and quite knowledgable person)of 19th cetury Russian writers I found it impossible to admit I never read the biggest book of them all. Now that I have read it I can only say that the hype doesn't live up to the book. Sweeping historical movement combined with brilliant observations on the pettiness of everday life, topped off with unashamed religious / spiritual appeals moves this book to the top of my recommedation list. Don't be fooled as I was. Just because everyone says it's a great book doesn't mean it isn't.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    I've been debating whether or not I was supposed to rate this, considering it's only the first part of War and Peace, but I just read 900 pages and won that right. Anyway, I'm loving this novel so much. I'm way more invested in the peace parts, reading about the Russian aristocracy and their lives is always something I love. The characters are so flawed, so human and I can't wait to see the choices they'll make next (also I love Pierre despite his vices). I'm not the biggest fan of the war parts, I've been debating whether or not I was supposed to rate this, considering it's only the first part of War and Peace, but I just read 900 pages and won that right. Anyway, I'm loving this novel so much. I'm way more invested in the peace parts, reading about the Russian aristocracy and their lives is always something I love. The characters are so flawed, so human and I can't wait to see the choices they'll make next (also I love Pierre despite his vices). I'm not the biggest fan of the war parts, which isn't a surprise considering I don't like Napoleon anyway, but Tolstoy is talented at describing battles, even though it doesn't interest me. It dragged at some point, but considering how much it picked up afterwards, IT WAS WORTH IT. I need to read the rest now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abeer AlRasbi

    I have to write my review in both languages. English and Arabic for reasons. English because I came to read this book (trapped) thankfully to my GoodReads buddies: Jo, Chafic, Zain, Priya, Salema, Ahmed, Meera, Ashok, and Michelle (not sure if I missed anyone else!) who few them already done with the whole book and I am just done only with volume 1 😊 (might take me a year to finish the remaining 3 volumes considering the number of pages per volume ! Also, I must include a review in Arabic becaus I have to write my review in both languages. English and Arabic for reasons. English because I came to read this book (trapped) thankfully to my GoodReads buddies: Jo, Chafic, Zain, Priya, Salema, Ahmed, Meera, Ashok, and Michelle (not sure if I missed anyone else!) who few them already done with the whole book and I am just done only with volume 1 😊 (might take me a year to finish the remaining 3 volumes considering the number of pages per volume ! Also, I must include a review in Arabic because I decided to read this in Arabic for one of the best translators for the Russian language which will be fair in my opinion for anyone out there will decide to read it. OK, I have mixed feeling about this book. I very much enjoyed reading this, Tolstoy’s style of reading is very rich with details which got me literally to imagine ever single sense of the story as if I am watching a movie. Got to know some of the information about Russia's struggle with Napoleon. There wasn’t much about the war (even that it was mentioned in different parts of the preparations and some of small clashes happening here and there in some of the places that belongs to Russia. Most of what I read so far in this volume is families/relatives/friends’ connections and daily life spending between parties/gathering/marriage arrangements for political or money/etc…. What killed me the most is (and I quote from my lovely Jo 😊 ) “names, families, their nicknames, then their long names, then the different spellings of their names… and the connection between them” that’s like going in circles around myself and I never manage to get the correct connection each time I try to recognize a new character ! Overall, it’s a worth taking reading challenge that I thank Jo very much for it and looking forward to finish the remaining volumes inshallah. وجدت نفسي في تحدي لقراءة الحرب والسلم ضمن مجموعتي القرائية حيث دخلت الفخ بقدمي 😊 وبما أن هناك ترجمة باللغة العربية لهذه الرواية للمترجم العملاق د. سامي الدروبي رحمه الله، قررت قرأتها بترجمتها العربية في حين أن الاخرين طبعاً قرأوا الترجمة الانجليزية. لذلك أرتأيت أن يكون هناك مراجعتين للكتابة باللغتين لتعبر عن مشاعر المختلطة لهذه الرواية التي أنتهيت فقط من الجزء الأول منها في حين أن بعض من المجموعة انتهوا من الراواية كاملة للحق، استمتعت جداً بقراءة الرواية والمعلومات والتفاصيل الجميلة اضافة لأسلوب تولستوي المميز الذي أخذني في رحلة لروسيا قبل الحرب مع نابليون ودواخل المجمتع الروسي في تلك المرحلة ما بين الحفلات والسهرات وتدبيرات الزواج لغرض السياسة أو المال وبعض لمحات الحرب التي لم تكتمل بما أن لازلت في الجزء الأول لكن ما أضاع المتعة لحد ما كمية الأسماء والعائلات والمسميات ما بينها وتغيير الأسماء في اللغة الروسية كنت أشعر أني أدور في دوائر من الأسماء المختلطة الحروف أحاول جاهدة الوصول الروابط ما بينها خاصة عند ظهور شخصية جديدة ما بين المئات من الشخصيات بشكل عام، قراءة ممتعة في عالم المجمتع الروسي في طبقته المخملية ما قبل الحرب وخلالها

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Probably redundant to say this is brilliant. All the characters are flawed flawed people and I love them so much. Heading to the second volume begging them all to sort their shit out. Pierre! Assert yourself properly! Maria! Believe in yourself! Andrei, I don't even know, you are both amazing and hopeless! Nikolai, stick to the army and the simple life! Dolohov die in the fires of eternal hell! Sonya, start cross-dressing more often, it suits you! Count Rostov, stop spending money!! As a side no Probably redundant to say this is brilliant. All the characters are flawed flawed people and I love them so much. Heading to the second volume begging them all to sort their shit out. Pierre! Assert yourself properly! Maria! Believe in yourself! Andrei, I don't even know, you are both amazing and hopeless! Nikolai, stick to the army and the simple life! Dolohov die in the fires of eternal hell! Sonya, start cross-dressing more often, it suits you! Count Rostov, stop spending money!! As a side note, Tolstoy describing opera is the best thing! mostly just: a man sung, then a woman sung, probably they were singing about love, then there was a storm.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vio

    The detailed battles scenes are the only ones I didn't fully enjoy. But I found all the rest extremely brilliant. I hope to see more of Pierre in the following! The detailed battles scenes are the only ones I didn't fully enjoy. But I found all the rest extremely brilliant. I hope to see more of Pierre in the following!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sorin Hadârcă

    After volume 1 I think that War and Peace is seriously overrated. In peace, same as in war, it is just one thing after another. If this is the point, it’s an awfully long way to prove it. Well... three more volumes to go, Tolstoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Novelist Virginia Woolf wrote that Tolstoy was, "the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?" Medical missionary Paul Farmer said, “This is just like Lord of the Rings!” Years afterward he’d say, “I mean, what could be more religious than Lord of the Rings or War and Peace? ” This epic work of historical fiction is a richly-detailed and thought-provoking tale of the Napoleonic Wars and human passion. I enjoy the freshness of the translation by Aylmer and L Novelist Virginia Woolf wrote that Tolstoy was, "the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?" Medical missionary Paul Farmer said, “This is just like Lord of the Rings!” Years afterward he’d say, “I mean, what could be more religious than Lord of the Rings or War and Peace? ” This epic work of historical fiction is a richly-detailed and thought-provoking tale of the Napoleonic Wars and human passion. I enjoy the freshness of the translation by Aylmer and Louise Maude, and Neville Jason is an excellent reader. His pronunciation is clear and precise and he translates 19th century Russian class accents and personalities smoothly into 21st century English ones.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

    I am so glad to be retired and ride for hours a week so I can choose to listen to classics like this. It is better than the old radio theater of the mind. I was reminded of Tolstoy in a recent read on the Crimean War. I am fascinated and captivated by the story and the author. I wonder if he taught Jeff Shaara and other moderns how to write historical war fiction. The same kind of descriptive narrative that takes you inside the Russian aristocracy and high society makes me feel like I can see, h I am so glad to be retired and ride for hours a week so I can choose to listen to classics like this. It is better than the old radio theater of the mind. I was reminded of Tolstoy in a recent read on the Crimean War. I am fascinated and captivated by the story and the author. I wonder if he taught Jeff Shaara and other moderns how to write historical war fiction. The same kind of descriptive narrative that takes you inside the Russian aristocracy and high society makes me feel like I can see, hear, smell the battles. I commend this to fans of narrative fiction. Take it from an old master.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie Gray

    This is an absolutely stunning novel. I read both volumes. Tolstoy truly is one of the best novelists who has ever lived. I think I actually liked War and Peace more than Anna Karenina but that's a tough call. I will definitely read this book again. I learned so much about history and the human condition. Wow, I cannot overstate how great this book is. This is an absolutely stunning novel. I read both volumes. Tolstoy truly is one of the best novelists who has ever lived. I think I actually liked War and Peace more than Anna Karenina but that's a tough call. I will definitely read this book again. I learned so much about history and the human condition. Wow, I cannot overstate how great this book is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Tammet

    Read my review on the Guardian Books Blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/books... Read my review on the Guardian Books Blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/books...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Phoenix2

    Good book, the war chapters were a little boring, but the whole story is interesting enough.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Wow. Anther book I should have picked up and read years ago. Glad they put it in two parts for an audio book as it is LONG.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Viktor Krap

    Kind of surprised that this does'nt have a wikia-page or something similar. Kind of surprised that this does'nt have a wikia-page or something similar.

  14. 5 out of 5

    invertedcrosss?

    I like thicc books and I can not lie 4.5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Realini

    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy with fun provided by Woody Allen Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at: - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... and http://realini.blogspot.ro/ I have seen Love and Death by Woody Allen. Even if it is not exactly based on War and Peace it does appear to take some of the themes and laugh at them. Take Death, which is present in the title. There is a figure with a wrap and a sickle that walks around in the movie, taking various characte War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy with fun provided by Woody Allen Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at: - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... and http://realini.blogspot.ro/ I have seen Love and Death by Woody Allen. Even if it is not exactly based on War and Peace it does appear to take some of the themes and laugh at them. Take Death, which is present in the title. There is a figure with a wrap and a sickle that walks around in the movie, taking various characters away. In one instance, there is even a take on death, taxes, money and jewelry as Boris, the hero played by Woody Allen meets with a dead man - Hey Boris, take this ring back to the jeweler - How much was it? - 20,000 rubles - I could get you the same for 12,000 - No way…give it back and take the money to Tanya - Why - It is for tax purposes… This is not just the dialogue in other words, thinking about it I may have it completely wrong, but I guess these were the jokes and some of the messages. And it is not a bad thing to use irreverential tones for otherwise bleak and depressing material such as death. And there is more, when we see a dead man followed by a fat woman and the onlookers, Boris included see it was not his wife: - I always knew that Vladimir (not Putin) has an affair It all turns somewhat, if not completely vicious when Sonja, played by Diane Keaton is seeking advice from a priest… - Your Holiness I wanted to ask your advice on…I forgot what subject - Get off my beard…for he has a long one, flowing over the desk and a few meters in front of it - What do you like in life? Perhaps a completely different issue, but the guy says: - I love a twelve year old blonde - What? - Preferably two at the same time - Goodbye your Lowliness With this, the tone of the film changes dramatically and even if the intent could be to satirize and expose priests it is still sending a shiver down the spine. Yes, priests have been involved in all sorts of heinous, horrible acts, exposed even in this day and age- Spotlight comes to mind. Religion can have damaging effects as Nathaniel Branden- a genius psychologist and classic author argues in The Psychological Effects of Religion. But there is the question of the accusations and the improper relationships Woody Allen has had with teenagers. He is married to a woman 35 years his junior, who was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Allen’s own former wife. Taking that and then listening to some of the jokes made me feel that this might be wrong, if the director and writer expresses his own perverse desires on the big screen. But maybe he is not doing that. We may just have a jocular perspective on love, death, money and taxes… To end in a lighter mood, especially since this was a comedy about serious subjects, but a comedy nevertheless, here are some quotes from Woody Allen: - “It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. - Eighty percent of success is showing up. - I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Where to begin? This book was life changing. For some reason I’d always avoided Russian novels (an early prejudice to the story of Anna Karenina) but curiosity led me to War and Peace. I was vaguely familiar with the story and wondered if the fame of the book was really about content or just size. I researched which was the best translation and started to read but I found it difficult to spend the consistent hours I’d need to make productive progress on the book, especially once I got to the ear Where to begin? This book was life changing. For some reason I’d always avoided Russian novels (an early prejudice to the story of Anna Karenina) but curiosity led me to War and Peace. I was vaguely familiar with the story and wondered if the fame of the book was really about content or just size. I researched which was the best translation and started to read but I found it difficult to spend the consistent hours I’d need to make productive progress on the book, especially once I got to the early war chapters. I switched to the Audible version read by Neville Jason and found it a wonderful companion as I ran errands and went about the mundane business of my life. I could listening to the battles while doing other things and glean the details and significance and not feel like I was “wasting time.” The war chapters were worth the time as they set the stage for the storylines and were much more significant than I had supposed at the onset. As I was listening to the battles and storylines weave together I’d often find myself pausing my work and I couldn’t help but turn my full attention to it. The narrator was wonderful and did not detract (as so often happens in classic novels) but added depth to the text. The story itself was masterful, polished and raw at the same time. I indulgently loved the author’s philosophical asides and did not find my patience waning like I can with other classic authors (like Victor Hugo). The arch of each character was so human and the size of the book turned out to be such an advantage in letting the reader see the long term growth and development of each character, the “why” of everyone. I was tickled by the epilogue’s description of the couples, the beautiful imperfection that still existed and penetrated their marriages, the humanness of their lives and how the weaknesses in their characters or their experiences from childhood affected their adult lives. Not the happily ever after ending exactly but definitely not the cynical anti-happy ending either. I couldn’t stop laughing that Natasha got fat and was bossy and controlling but they were all relatively happy, how refreshingly relatable and it surprised me to find it so brashly in a classic. This book has made me hungry for more Russian novels! Give me more of this unfiltered look at life and people, not with bitterness or lack of growth but with a realistic view of human development. That these moments of insight and vows to reform come to men and women and they usually fail but they are worth the attempt. The real change in people is gradual, over a lifetime, not in one moment of revelation or repentance but years of experience and consistently continuing to try. How beautiful to hear the author’s musings on science and God, how humorous to hear his views on doctors and medicine. I wished it was longer. My heart was in this book and I mourned when it was finished.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    I read War and Peace once before twenty years ago and as you would expect loved it. Would I love it as much the second time around? Most assuredly. Furthermore, now in my early forties I appreciate even more Flaubert's famous assessment after he had read it: "This is the first class work! What an artist and what a psychologist!" How true that last statement is in particular! What distinguishes War and Peace from 19th century literature is the realistic changes and growth that the major characters I read War and Peace once before twenty years ago and as you would expect loved it. Would I love it as much the second time around? Most assuredly. Furthermore, now in my early forties I appreciate even more Flaubert's famous assessment after he had read it: "This is the first class work! What an artist and what a psychologist!" How true that last statement is in particular! What distinguishes War and Peace from 19th century literature is the realistic changes and growth that the major characters experience, which owes as much to what is happening to them internally as to any external incidents or events. The cast is of course extensive, but centers on four memorable characters. Pierre Bezuhoz is the bastard heir of one of the richest men in Russia, introduced to us as a stout, awkward, diffident and dissolute young man 'who did not know how to behave' in good society. Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, his friend, is a soldier and landowner's son, handsome and accomplished yet haughty and misanthropic, unhappily married at the start of the novel to a young and beautiful princess who he is contemptuous of. Then there are Rostovs, an affable count and countess and their four children, including the son Nikolai, a proud hussar who idolises the Tsar; and their delightful daughter Natasha, full of life yet with a wise instinct for defining the character of others, which none the less fails her at the climax of volume one. Volume one is almost entirely novelistic, with very little of the philosophical interjections from the author that by the end come to dominate the second volume. As such, I slightly prefer it. There are intimations of Tolstoy's wider intentions though, most memorably during Andrei's apotheosis as he lies wounded on the field at Austerlitz and comes face to face with his hero, Napoleon: 'Gazing into Napoleon's eyes, Prince Andrei mused on the unimportance of greatness, the unimportance of life which no one could understand, and the still greater unimportance of death, the meaning of which no one alive could understand or explain.' If Tolstoy couldn't, then that must be true.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This famous Russian author writes wonderfully but he goes off on philosophical tangents which can be tedious to read. The characters and story lines are compelling as are the battle scenes. I realize that this book needs a more thorough examination and I hope one day to do it the justice Tolstoy's efforts deserve. Here was my reaction after reading part I: I finished volume ONE of Leo Tolstoy's novel last night. "convoyed on every side by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to t This famous Russian author writes wonderfully but he goes off on philosophical tangents which can be tedious to read. The characters and story lines are compelling as are the battle scenes. I realize that this book needs a more thorough examination and I hope one day to do it the justice Tolstoy's efforts deserve. Here was my reaction after reading part I: I finished volume ONE of Leo Tolstoy's novel last night. "convoyed on every side by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to the earth, its white light and its long uplifted tail, shone the huge, brilliant comet of the year 1812-the comet which was said to portend all manner of horrors and the end of the world. But that bright comet with its long luminous tail aroused no feeling of fear in Pierre's heart.On the contrary, with rapture and his eyes wet with tears, he contemplated the radiant star which, after travelling its orbit with inconceivable velocity through infinite space, seemed suddenly-like an arrow piercing the earth-to remain fast in one chosen spot in the black firmament, vigorously tossing up its tail, shining and playing with its white light amid the countless other scintillating stars. It seemed to Pierre that this comet spoke in full harmony with all that filled his own softened and uplifted soul, now blossoming into a new life." Tolstoy's character Pierre became a Freemason at one point in the novel. He, like Tolstoy, is an idealist, seeking virtue but finding himself in a struggle with his vices. This reminds me of Paul's struggle in Romans 7:19 "for the good that I will to do, I do not do;but the evil I will not to do, that I practice." Paul knew that the answer was in Jesus and His pure teaching v25. "I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Still, Christians as well as Pierre, this fictional character, continue to struggle. I applaud Pierre because by the end of this volume, he feels victorious. May we too blossom into that new life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denis

    What is there left to write about a legendary book that has been analyzed a myriad of times already? Maybe that it truly is, for anyone who loves literature, the magnificent, mesmerizing, extraordinary novel that so many critics have said it is. Really. It is as simple as that. The scope of this novel, which I personally saw as much as in in-depth portrait of Russia and a philosophical essay, as a breathtakingly romantic epic, is astonishing. It may seems intimidating, but Tolstoy is such a mast What is there left to write about a legendary book that has been analyzed a myriad of times already? Maybe that it truly is, for anyone who loves literature, the magnificent, mesmerizing, extraordinary novel that so many critics have said it is. Really. It is as simple as that. The scope of this novel, which I personally saw as much as in in-depth portrait of Russia and a philosophical essay, as a breathtakingly romantic epic, is astonishing. It may seems intimidating, but Tolstoy is such a masterful storyteller that it’s impossible not to follow him wherever he leads us. I knew the basics of the story from the various movie and TV adaptations, and I had read some various passages already, but I did not expect to be swept away in such a fashion. War & Peace is breathtaking. Its richness lies as much in what Tolstoy writes about as in how he writes it: the modernity of his vision, his lyricism, the beauty of his style give some scenes an intensity that still burns bright in my mind. The Russian landscape and the Russian soul are captured here with a vividness that – at least for me, a western European - remains without parallels. If there is one historical novel that dominates all the others, and on which the whole genre seems to be in debt with, it’s certainly this one. And then, who can forget Natasha and her tumultuous family, the wonderful Pierre, or the melancholy prince André? I’ll just admit one thing: the massive novel ends with a lengthy epilogue, which is divided in two parts. The first part concludes the story in a bittersweet way: it is the true end of the novel. The second part, which does not add anything to the story per say, contains Tolstoy’s own ruminations on the course of History and events: as far I’m concerned, it can easily -and without guilt - be skipped by the reader who just wants to stay, as he closes the book, with the multitude of characters that people the shimmering world of War & Peace.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sabina

    In Tolstoy’s War and Peace, you follow a series of characters set in France and Russia. The plot that guides them all, is the war that was kicked off by the French Revolution. What makes this book so fascinating is how the war affects the life of each individual. Some directly, some indirectly. As the war comes and goes like waves in the tide, it never manages to halt the beautifully described experiences of love, friendship, death and development. Even though they may be a physical war raging i In Tolstoy’s War and Peace, you follow a series of characters set in France and Russia. The plot that guides them all, is the war that was kicked off by the French Revolution. What makes this book so fascinating is how the war affects the life of each individual. Some directly, some indirectly. As the war comes and goes like waves in the tide, it never manages to halt the beautifully described experiences of love, friendship, death and development. Even though they may be a physical war raging in a country, we all seem to have a bit of war and peace in our lives each day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I did not finish, but infact I abandoned this book (Vol 3 chapter 7). War and Peace is very long and unless there is some compelling story or characters, which there were not, I could not justify waisting more of my time on this epic novel. The novel takes place in the time of the Napoleonic Wars with a multitude of Dukes and spoiled princes battling it out, slogging through the trenches, haha, not. They did nothing but talk about what was proper or just gossip. If not in battle they were home c I did not finish, but infact I abandoned this book (Vol 3 chapter 7). War and Peace is very long and unless there is some compelling story or characters, which there were not, I could not justify waisting more of my time on this epic novel. The novel takes place in the time of the Napoleonic Wars with a multitude of Dukes and spoiled princes battling it out, slogging through the trenches, haha, not. They did nothing but talk about what was proper or just gossip. If not in battle they were home criticizing each other or gossiping. The story did nothing for me and maybe it just doesn't transcend through time or maybe it's just me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    4.5 stars, maybe. I enjoyed this so much more than I expected. Some parts were less engaging than others, but overall I am liking War & Peace a lot. The trick to reading such a long book from more than a century ago is to watch a miniseries first, so you can better keep track of characters and events. It's still difficult to remember everyone's last names, but it is easier to follow and I even find myself looking forward to it. I would also recommend listening to the audiobooks narrated by Nevill 4.5 stars, maybe. I enjoyed this so much more than I expected. Some parts were less engaging than others, but overall I am liking War & Peace a lot. The trick to reading such a long book from more than a century ago is to watch a miniseries first, so you can better keep track of characters and events. It's still difficult to remember everyone's last names, but it is easier to follow and I even find myself looking forward to it. I would also recommend listening to the audiobooks narrated by Neville Jason. You can listen to the unabridged novel in two parts, Vols. I and II.

  23. 4 out of 5

    André Azevedo

    Undecided between a 4-star rating and a 5-star, so I'd rather pass that task. But this is obviously brilliant: I was in awe of the book's writing for the most part (Pierre is naturally amazing), and the last chapters were very gripping and interesting (and shocking). I'd say this had easily dethroned "The Brothers Karamazov" as the best book I've ever read, even having read just some part of "War and Peace," but somehow it lost steam. This is only the first book though, so maybe that will happen Undecided between a 4-star rating and a 5-star, so I'd rather pass that task. But this is obviously brilliant: I was in awe of the book's writing for the most part (Pierre is naturally amazing), and the last chapters were very gripping and interesting (and shocking). I'd say this had easily dethroned "The Brothers Karamazov" as the best book I've ever read, even having read just some part of "War and Peace," but somehow it lost steam. This is only the first book though, so maybe that will happen.

  24. 5 out of 5

    H.Friedmann

    Half done with War and Peace, so I will probably have more to say when I finish Volume II. The biggest thing about part one, is that it had me going to the Wikis to learn more about the battle of Austerlitz, which had incredible repercussions throughout Europe. Tolstoy is good at writing these scenes, and I would recommend it to people who are interested in War Stories. Also, perfect timing on this, reading it through some of the coldest weather this year.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Barakat

    One of the most complete stories i have ever read! Tolstoï really took me into this vast world of the high society of Russia. He also described beautifully the war strategies like the one of Austerlitz. Reading this story, at first, needs lots of concentration in order to assimilate the different personalities. However, once you get used to them, you’ll get to knew them as he describes the psychology of everyone! I’m really looking forward to continuing the second book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is definitely one of the books that you have to grow to want to read and properly enjoy it. I’ve heard a lot of stuff before, but none of it measures to how mind blowing and spectacular the book was. It may not be my regular 5 star rating, I just couldn’t rate it anything less. Can’t wait to read other volumes!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    What got this another star were the final chapters and the character development. Starting to sense the smallest part of the iceberg's body. What got this another star were the final chapters and the character development. Starting to sense the smallest part of the iceberg's body.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joana Morais

    We love a good Russian Classic

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kanske Svartfors

    Way easier and entertaining to read than I expected! Enjoying this a lot!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Matheson

    Of all the classics I've read, this was the most 'meh' one. I'm sure if I read the whole thing I'd have a different opinion of it, but the thing is, after reading volume 1 I don't really have any motivation to read the next two volumes. There's not much to say about War and Peace that hasn't been said already...it's good. But I don't think it's great. It's a bit too much, Tolstoy really likes throwing names at you, but only five or six storylines actually matter. Despite this, you feel like a lo Of all the classics I've read, this was the most 'meh' one. I'm sure if I read the whole thing I'd have a different opinion of it, but the thing is, after reading volume 1 I don't really have any motivation to read the next two volumes. There's not much to say about War and Peace that hasn't been said already...it's good. But I don't think it's great. It's a bit too much, Tolstoy really likes throwing names at you, but only five or six storylines actually matter. Despite this, you feel like a lot more is going on than there actually is, and that's not a good thing. But on the bright side it was genuinely funny at points. And each character had a well defined personality, so that was nice.

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