Book :: War and Peace

War and Peace
By: Leo Tolstoy
Pages: 1392
Published: 1865
Genre(s): Russia
Historical Fiction
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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle--all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

It is said that it took Tolstoy six years to write this book. It took me almost two years to read it as it is long so I couldn't read it all in one day or week, but is easy to pick up again. (Someone told me she had read it in three or four days, so it is quite possible.) I enjoyed this book, even if I did get lost a few times. It is so interesting and includes war, private stories, and connects people in a clever way.

Jan 21st, 2019

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

Well, an entire universe has been locked in this book and that was wonderful!

Jun 1st, 2016

forline forline

All time top 3 book! Loved every last word!

Nov 9th, 2015

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Jun 8th, 2015

Caro60 Caro60

Is this the greatest novel ever written - for me no as there are other novels whose impact on me raises them above War and Peace. However, is it a great novel? Undoubtedly yes. To watch the character's transformation through the events of war is one of the great strengths of this novel. Tolstoy's philosophical excursions on the interpretation of history and civic power a little less so. Aside from these foray's I really enjoyed reading this novel.

Apr 1st, 2015

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War and Peace appears on these lists...

2nd on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert

24th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

20th on The Big Read by BBC

1st on Top 100 Books by Newsweek