War and Peace

War and Peace

Paperback - 2008
Average Rating:
20
6
1
 …
Rate this:

From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this magnificent new translation of Tolstoy's masterwork.

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

A s Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds--peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers--as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving--and human--figures in world literature.

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Classics,, 2008
Edition: First Vintage Classics edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781400079988
Branch Call Number: FIC TOL
Characteristics: xviii, 1273 pages ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

This book got me interested in the Napoleonic wars with Russia for the first time, much in the same way that Gone With the Wind encouraged me to learn more about the American Civil War.

This book strangely reminded me of the Game of Thrones series - a lengthy epic full of rich characters whom you fluctuate between loving and hating.
Man, I really hated Nikolai and Princess Marya for most of the book and then they both did something I admired, then I hated them again at the end!
The treatment of cat-like-Sonya, my favorite character, is one of the biggest upsets in Classical fiction in my opinion.
Also, the War parts are as good as, and often better than, the Peace parts - which I did NOT expect. In fact I was convinced to read this largely because it was described to me as "a large bit of it takes place in drawing rooms." My favorite scene in the whole book was this description of this small Russian artillery unit shelling this little town in the middle of this awful battle, whose soldiers then got into trouble for disobeying orders even though you can tell Tolstoy thinks they were the participants most worth admiring.
Tolstoy interrupts his narrative often to comment and criticize on history and the study of history and how we remember history, which I found interesting. Did I mention I listened to this on audiobook? 60 HOURS!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A rambling mess of a novel done in a way only Tolstoy could get away with. War & Peace is peopled with an excellent cast of characters who are weaved into a story that is interesting and beautiful.

m
Memawrayne
Mar 07, 2016

Wow! I can see why this is a classic. I tried to read it in college and couldn't keep the characters straight. Having viewed a televised version recently, I thought maybe I could do better with the characters and who they were. The depth and breadth that is in this book, along with Tolstoy's philosophy on different things is quite thought provoking.

r
red_penguin_987
Oct 15, 2014

Long, boring book. ZZZZZZZZZ

l
lockwom161
Aug 05, 2014

This is claimed to be the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, yet it appears to instead be the Constance Garnett version. Miscategorized!

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Jul 02, 2014

This was a long read because it is a long novel which includes Tolstoys views on what history is and what its not. It reminds me of Moby Dick and the boring info on whales and harppons, etc. by Melville. War and Peace is considered the worlds best novel which I had thought was The Brothers Karamazov. Those Russians.

g
GerryD
Jun 19, 2013

Considered one of the Top 10 classic novels (my #3) of the western world. A great novel with many memorable, detailed characters and a look at history through these characters and major events. See my GerryD Lists for other great novels.

s
stewstealth
Apr 15, 2013

An epic novel that broke all the rules when it was first published. Seems like a good translation. Definitely a book to put on your bucket list. Interesting that Tolstoy understood complexity theory and how it applies to human events before it's formulations.

t
thedeadman42
Feb 05, 2013

This a book of majestic power. As a 14 year old boy with many intrests I have never read a book that is so powerful in meaning. This book just sucked me into itself and opened its true hidden meaning. It was a challenge I overcame but it is not suitable for people who are not open minded. For a book this intresting I have to say that if I was younger I would still have read it.

Vap12 Jul 05, 2012

This book is extremely long but well worth the read. Interesting for both the characters and the historical setting. Tolstoy gets a bit preachy near the end but by then you're too invested to put it down.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

b
blue_fish_825
Mar 26, 2016

blue_fish_825 thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

b
blue_monkey_3158
Nov 17, 2015

blue_monkey_3158 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

j
janari96
Jun 15, 2012

janari96 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

c
classicalcollege
May 17, 2012

classicalcollege thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

l
LE_Draqonoviicht
Nov 13, 2010

LE_Draqonoviicht thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

l
LE_Draqonoviicht
Nov 13, 2010

LE_Draqonoviicht thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Summary

Add a Summary

c
classicalcollege
May 17, 2012

This translation of War and Peace gives life to one of the best pieces of literature written by Leo Tolstoy. Anthony Briggs does a great job choosing words to convey what is being said, and nothing is vague or hard to understand. This is by far the easiest to read and understand copy of War and Peace that I have come across.

Quotes

Add a Quote

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at VIRL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top