PDF KINDLE Война и мир ´ Leo Tolstoy

Y Fictional and historical characters blend naturally in the narration which occasionally turns into a reasoned philosophical digression exploring the way individual lives affect the progress of history challenging the nature of truth accepted by modern historiansTostoy s syntax is unconventional He freuently ignores the rules of grammar and word order deliberately reiterating mannerisms or physical details to identify his characters suggesting their moral ualities He uses several languages gradually changing their sense especially with French which eventually emerges as the language of artifice and insincerity the language of the theater and deceit whereas Russian appears as the language of honesty and seriousness and the reader becomes a privileged witness of the formation of a community and national consciousness In repeating words and phrases a rhythm and rhetorical effect is achieved strengthening the philosophical pondering of the characters I was emotionally enraptured by the scene in which Count Bezukhov asks himself what s the meaning of love when he glances at the smiling face of Natasha or when Prince Andrey lies wounded in Austerlitz battlefield looking up at the endless firmament welcoming the mystery of death and mourning for his hapless and already fading life The book is full of memorable scenes which will remain imprinted in my retina eternal flashing images transfixing me uite the beauty of Natasha s uncovered shoulders emerging from her golden dress the glow of bonfires lit by id soldiers in the night before a battle the agony of men taken prisoners and the absent faces of circumstantial executioners while shooting their fellowmen the unbearable pain of a mother when she learns of her son s death a silent declaration of love in a dancing embrace full of youth and promise War and Peace is much than a novel It is a vast detailed account maybe even a sort of diary or a confession of a world about to explode in constant contradiction where two ways of being coexist war and peace Peace understood not only as the absence of war but mainly as the so much coveted state in which the individual gets hold of the ey to his identity and happiness achieving harmonious communion with others along the wayNow that I have finally read this masterpiece I think I can better grasp what this novel represents among all the great works of art created by men throughout our venturesome existence the Sistine Chapel or the 9th Symphony of Literature an absolute triumph of the creative mind of the spirit of humankind and a virtuous affirmation of human life in all its richness and complexityMy battered copy of War and Peace and I have fought many battles together hand in hand We have been gently soaked by the descent of moist beads in the misty drizzle at dawn in Paracas We have been splashed by the salty waves of the Pacific Ocean only to be dried off later by the sandy wind blowing from the dunes of the Huacachina Desert We have been blessed by the limpid droplets dripping down from branches of Eucalyptus Trees in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and scorched by the blinding sunbeams in Nazca Particles of ourselves were left behind dissolved into the damp shroud of grey mist falling from the melting sky in MachuPicchu and whatever remained of us tried to breathe in deeply the fragrant air of those dark warm nights spent under scintillating stars scattered endlessly down the Peruvian skyWith wrinkled pages tattered covers and unglued spine my copy of War and Peace has managed to come back home I have just put it back reverently on my bookshelf for literary gems where I can spot it at first glance An unbreakable connection has been established between us as fellow travellers as wanderers of the world Somehow we have threaded our own uniue history an unrepeatable path has been laid down for us The story of this particular shabby copy comes to an end though because I won t ever part from it My copy of War and Peace has come back home where I intent to eep it now for good No war for these battered pages but everlasting peace emanating from my shelves for all times to come My traveling companion in MachuPicchu 857 War and Peace Leo TolstoyWar and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy s finest literary achievementsThe novel begins in July 1805 in Saint Petersburg at a soir e given by Anna Pavlovna Scherer the maid of honour and confidante to the dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna Many of the main characters are introduced as they enter the salon Pierre Pyotr Kirilovich Bezukhov is the illegitimate son of a wealthy count who is dying after a series of strokes Pierre is about to become embroiled in a struggle for his inheritance Educated abroad at his father s expense following his mother s death Pierre is Peter and the Blue Witch Baby kindhearted but socially awkward and finds it difficult to integrate into Petersburg society It isnown to everyone at the soiree that Pierre is his father s favorite of all the old count s illegitimate progeny 1978 1334 19 675 1356 1869 1805 1814 31051399 This is one of those books that can be life changing I read this as a teenager and I remember exactly where I was sitting on my bed in my grandmother s house in southern Germany when I finished it I must have spent an hour just staring out the window in awe of the lives I d just led the experiences I d just hadI m now re reading this enjoying it immensely and no doubt appreciating it much than I did the first time Tolstoy has the most amazing ability to make us feel when he zooms out and examines historical events that the individual is nothing and then when he zooms in and paints intimate portraits of his characters that the individual everything BreathtakingBy the way I m reading the Anthony Briggs translation Penguin Classics and it s I m uite picky when it comes to translations and this is one of the best I ve readIt s in the sweeping battle scenes that Tolstoy shows how insignificant t When I was growing up the conventional wisdom was that War and Peace was the sine ua non of difficult books the scope the length OMG the length Conuering this Everest was The Test of whether you were a ManReader I have now read it Thump chest and make Tarzan yell Actually you now chump big deal The mountain really wasn t so large after all There are love affairs there is a war peace eventually returns to the Shire Russia Sorry got confused there for a minute with Lord of the Rings another 1000 page work where there are love affairs war and an eventual peace That s hardly a spoiler by the way Not unless you ve been hiding under a rock and don t now that Napoleon didn t succeed in conuering Russia Which is my don t Tu tueras le père: Colomba Caselli & Dante Torre 1 know that Napoleon didn t succeed in conuering Russia Which is my With every half penny fantasy potboiler these days weighing in at several hundredilogrammes of war and peace coughWheel of Timecough how can we still look at a book this size and feel fear 1000 pages Only Pshaw That s nuthin Spit out t baccy chaw And yet the notion still lives on about how HARD War and Peace is So if anyone out there still buys into that is intimidated and deterred by that notion well really don t be unless of course the last thing you read was Green Eggs and Ham The thing is to my surprise I found it a rollicking good read There are star crossed lovers suicide attempts heart rending death bed scenes and battles aplenty where our heroes get nocked on the head and taken prisoner Instead of Middle Earth you get a fantasy land of wholesome loving Peasant Russia and you learn how True Self comes from Loving the Russian Soil Okay there s also the rather irritating and interminable philosophizing by Tolstoy about History and Its Causes but you got through the interminable side songs in Lord of Rings didn t you In case any the interminable side songs in Lord of Rings didn t you In case any you are thinking that I m mocking War and Peace by this comparison please note that it s not intended to be wholly facetious I loved Lord of the Rings If anything I m mocking the awe with which we approach Great Works So yeah if you ever thought of reading War and Peace but were put off by its reputation don t be It s actually uite fun. Rhetorical power his sharp irony and his astonishing delicacy’Igor Karash’s poignant illustrations 15 in each volume including two double page spreads often spill out of their margins Much like the prose the images are both intimate and sweeping mirroring the expansive nature of Tolstoy’s history and the individual’s place within it This edition also features a striking binding design with the spines blocked in gold and coloured page tops and 30 colour illustrations by Igor Karash It is a fine edition of one of the great masterpieces of world literatu.

Leo Tolstoy ì 9 characters

To that sort of thing you ve got a good shotGOD this book is good See you should really skip the Epilogue because besides being crushingly dull it s also very depressing in the wrong way and in addition to making you vow never to marry could make you forget how GREAT and AMAZING the rest of this is What a GREAT and AMAZING book Holy shit I m flipping through now and it s all coming back to me This was totally The Wire of 1868 If you like serious character development and plotting that unfolds over a long period of time you should seriously read this book I really didn t now much about this book before I read it but I think I remember someone Jane Smiley writing that War and Peace is about everything I wouldn t go along with that I m not sure if she would either but it is about most of the things that really matter If you are someone who thinks at all about life or death you might like this book Here is a passage from a character who s a POW marching barefoot through Russia in October In captivity in the shed he had learned not with his mind but with his whole being his life that man is created for happiness that happiness is within him in the satisfying of human needs and that all unhappiness comes not from lack but from superfluity but now in these last three weeks of the march he had learned a new and comforting truth he had learned that there is nothing frightening in the world He had learned that as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free so there is no situation in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree He had learned that there is a limit to suffering and a limit to freedom and that those limits are very close that the man who suffers because one leaf is askew in his bed of roses suffers as much as he now suffered falling asleep on the bare damp ground one side getting cold as the other warmed up that when he used to put on his tight ballroom shoes he suffered just as much as now when he walked uite barefoot his shoes had long since worn out and his feet were covered with sores p 1060I jus In this frightening isolated time let me direct you to War and Peace People resist this book they do it because it s something of a punch line as a monolithic difficult novel But this is one of the frothiest soap operas of a novel that I now of with far narrative propulsion than the excellent but sometimes slow ANNA KARENINA Two nations at war great world leaders and generals yes but also trench life and even so relevantly now the way war alters lives at home The thrills of this novel should not be spoiled but the memories are indelible a dramatic entrance in an opera house a medical seuence as harrowing as it is moving Pierre in Moscow aflame Tolstoy s creations in the book are near perfect Natasha Andrei and Pierre that most lovable of teddy bears and dozens of spectacular supporting characters intertwining in complex ways It is not a difficult book just a long one And it as spell binding and transporting reading experience that I So I did it I finally convinced myself to read War and Peace partly because it s just something everyone wants to say they ve done and partly because one always needs a good excuse to procrastinate during the exam period when I should have been studying And you Kaleb, Saison II (Kaleb, know what I really enjoyed most of it The novel is far less taxing than I imagined I don tnow if that s because the English translation goes easy on us non Russians or because Tolstoy wrote it in a uite light hearted fashion I suspect I shall never find that out for myselfPersonally I think a much better title for this book would be War and People Because though an in depth look at history during the time Napoleon had ambitions to take over Europe this is first and foremost about humanity and Tolstoy observes humanity and all its weirdness with a sense of humour and occasionally sadness I don t like to make too many predictions about the older authors some people will tell you that Bram Stoker was a feminist and William Shakespeare was a humanist I think these are uite melodramatic conclusions to make about authors who lived in societies where they would struggle to be thatHowever Tolstoy may or may not consider himself liberal forward thinking a HUMANIST AND I WOULDN T STATE THAT HE IS and I wouldn t state that he is of those things But I think his perception of the human condition in the nineteenth century shows he is somewhat before his time in his ability to see almost every character as flawed confusing but ultimately human He manages to construct a comphrehensive view of humanity and Russian culture at the time in uestion complete with betrayals and scandals and affairs But though the characters may place blame on one another like calling Natasha a hussy Tolstoy appears to remain impartial Those who stray from the conservative path of the nineteenth century do not do so without reasonAnother reason that War and People is a much better title for this book is because there is very little peace going on in here There are times when the battles aren t raging of course but there is always something eually dramatic happening within the social world of Russian high society People falling in and out of love people having affairs wealthy aristocrats dying and leaving their fortune to illegitimate sons It seems to me and leaving their fortune to illegitimate sons It seems to me there s a constant war Going On In This on in this just sometimes it isn t on the battlefieldAnd oddly enough it was the real wars in War and Peace that interested me least of all They were probably the reason this book got four stars instead of five and because goodreads rating system is about personal enjoyment rather than literary merit I felt much entertained by the soap opera that was the lives of the Russian nobles than by the tedious and repetitive battle scenes There were guns and canons and horses riveting But thankfully like I said Tolstoy s masterpiece is about people than anything else and this is the reason that I saw this book through and enjoyed the journey Before I turned the last page of this massive volume which had been neglected in my bookshelves for than six years War and Peace was a pending task in my mental reading universe Bouge ton pied ue je voie la mer knowing it to be one of the greatest Russian or maybe simply one of the greatest novels of all timesWell in fact it was something else I have a selective memory I don tnow whether it comes as a blessing or as a curse that enables me to remember the most insignificant details like for instance where and when I bought my books which are often second hand copies When I pull one of them off my shelves it usually comes loaded with recollections of a certain moment of my life that add up to the mute history of their usually worn and yellow pagesSo War and Peace was also a memory This one had to do with an unusual cloudless and shiny afternoon spent in Greenwich Park eating the greatest take away noodles I had ever tasted and browsing through my newest literary purchases recently bought in one of those typical British second hand bookshops where I spent hours besotted with that particular scent of moldy ancient paperThat s what War and Peace meant to me until I finally shook my sloth off and decided to read it It turns out I rather lived than read it or maybe the book read me but in any case I curse my lazy self for not having taken the plunge much soonerThis book is an electroshock for the soul There is no division between Tolstoy s art and his philosophy just as there is no way to separate fiction from discussions about history in this novel Without a unifying theme without so much a plot or a clear ending War and Peace is a challenge to the genre of the novel and to narrative in history Tolstoy groped toward a different truth one that would capture the totality of history as it was experienced and teach people how to live with its burden Who am I What do I live for Why was I born These are existential uestions on the meaning of life that restlessly impregnate this novel which also deals with the responsibility of the individual who has to strive against the dichotomy of free will as opposed to the influence of the external world in the course of histor. Lokhonsky Much criticism has been levelled against previous attempts to ‘anglicise’ and ‘smooth’ Tolstoy’s often idiosyncratic prose Here the translation remains as close as possible to the original language Tolstoy’s tendency towards repetition which as critic and author James Wood writes in his new preface he uses ‘almost liturgically or psalmically’ was removed in earlier Victorian translations as it did not fit the mould of what was considered ‘good writing’ As Pevear states in his introduction ‘We have tried to be true to Tolstoy’s. Holy cow I am done Not sure what to say I feel like I should write a 1000 page review but I will eep it short I finished the book while a passenger in a mini van stuck in horrible Atlanta trafficThe book was not uite as readable as some other BIG books I have read but still pretty good What amazed me is how few specific events occurred during the 1000 pages Tolstoy was just really detailed in describing the events Only a few times though did I feel like it was too muchThis book may not be for everyone but it sure feels cool to be able to say War and Peace Yea 857 War and Peace Leo TolstoyWar and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy s finest literary achievementsTolstoy said War and Peace is not a novel even less is it a poem and still less a historical chronicle Large sections especially the later chapters are philosophical discussion rather than narrative Tolstoy also said that the best Russian literature does not conform to standards and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel Instead he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel 1978 1334 19 675 1356 01061399 Whatever else I am I am the type of person who reads classic novels out of a sense of obligation Also I must admit out of a sense of vanity My ego after all is as fragile as a goldfish and reuires the constant attention of a newborn baby Every once in awhile it needs a little boost and the intellectual challenge of Dostoevsky or Dickens can really work wonders Now I ve been told that forcing myself to read books I don t necessarily like is a fruitless waste of time and that the reviews borne of these endeavors are a fruitless waste of others time That ind of criticism doesn t go far with me By my rough estimate just about 99% of the things I do can be similarly classified as a waste of time unless my endless games of Spider Solitaire like the button on LOST is actually saving the world In which c So I now you ve all been on edge these past two months and since I should be studying for the social work licensing exam tonight it seems like the perfect time to put an end to your suspenseAfter all my agonizing and the thoughtful suggestions below about whether I should mutilate my gorgeous hardcover Pevear and Volokhonsky translation in the interest of less hazardous subway toting Readers I carried him All 1272 pages Every day across five boroughs and three states for nearly two monthsSo the burning uestion on your mind is Should I risk misalignment and a redislocated shoulder in the interest of preserving a pristine edition that s inevitably going to get all banged up anyway as I lug it across battlefields and through trenches for what seems an eternity Which is important the book s spine or my ownBookster I am here to put an end to all this wondering Here is what you must do simply take a een exacto Palomino knife you might ask a helpful Cossack to sharpen it for you and slice out the final Epilogue portion of this burdensome tome You will do no damage to the book the epilogue s like an appendix and hey what the hell cut that out too as this part is not necessary and in fact though it s theoretically only about 7% of the book this portion is actually responsible for at least 63% of its weight So slice that bitch out and throw it away Your vertebrae will thank you laterAnother advantage to getting rid of the Epilogue is that it will save you from having to read what is conceivably the most deadly dull and deflating ending to a vast and magnificently readable book ever written As a particularly exacting size ueen I demand that the glory of a huge novel s ending be proportional to its length I feel this is only fair I was loyal and patient and devoted many hours to reading the author s story and at the end I should be rewarded for my fortitude with a glorious finale That s always been my philosophy anyway Apparently though it s not Tolstoy sWhat is Tolstoy s philosophy you ask In particular what s his philosophy of history Well let me tell you Or better let him tell you Cause he will Over and over And then again And then in case you were interested and wanted tonow let him REALLY tell you and eep telling you and tell you some and some no let him get into it finally now in great detailYeah Tolstoy s that perfect house guest who crashed on your couch for nearly two months and you re just thrilled as hell the Whole Time To Have time to have visiting because he s just such a smart and great AND INTERESTING AND HEARTFELT GUY UEL interesting and heartfelt guy uel Oh sure sometimes he gets a bit dull and wonky with his policy ramblings but that stuff s basically okay And then yeah he s got these ide s fixes about history that Are Fine You Guess But fine you guess but s a bit weird how he s always repeating them and focusing on the same points over and over and he will corner your roommate s friend or a classmate you run into at the supermarket or an old lady waiting for the bus to explain yet again why he thinks Napoleon really isn t that great at ALL yeah that s odd but basically Leo is just super and you re thrilled to have him even for such an extended visit because he really is so brilliant and diverting and nearly truly worth his weight in gold You are sad to now he s going to leave but then his plane is delayed and you re happy you ll have him there just one night but somehow that s the night that he suddenly decides to come back to your house completely high on cocaine Leo then proceeds to stay up for hours drinking all your expensive scotch and talking your EAR off about his goddamn PHILOSOPHY of HISTORY that you really just could not care LESS about and he WILL not leave and let you go to bed he La Plus belle histoire de la philosophie keeps TALKING and it s BORING and apparently he thinks your catatonic stare signals rapt interest because he justeeps on going explaining on and on He WILL NOT SHUT UP It is almost just like being physically tortured by this guy who you d thought was the best houseguest in the whole wide world And so when Leo finally leaves again the next morning ragged and bleary and too dazed still to be properly sheepish you re not sorry to see him go in fact you re very glad And does one annoying night cancel out two months of the great times you had together Of course it doesn t and you remember him fondly and tell anyone who asks how nice it was when he stayed But the night does carry a special weight because it was the last and when you remember dear Leo your wonderful houseguest your affection will not be totally untainted by the memory of his dull egotistical coked out rantings the night before he left for realBy which I mean to say the rest of this book was totally great As my Great Aunt Dot who s read this twice commented It s really not a difficult read at all there s a chapter about War and then a chapter about Peace so it never gets boring War and Peace is hugely entertaining and largely readable Plus it s enormously educational as you will be forced to learn than you ever wanted to now about the great Napoleon According to Tolstoy he wasn t that great No I mean really he wasn t that great War and Peace is a terrific date book because it s got lots of bloody action and also tons of romance plus you can make out during the dull parts where Tolstoy s talking for like twelve pages about various generals and strategies and his nineteenth centuried out opinions about historyIf there s a standard I value highly than my long book great ending demand it s the one that I call Make Me Cry I don t really think a book s that great unless it makes me cry No this doesn t work in the other direction just because a book makes me cry doesn t mean it s great I ve cried at really silly movies before and I used to cry regularly whenever I read the newspaper which is one reason I stopped War and Peace made me cry like a colicky baby that s been speared with a bayonet THREE TIMES I don t mean I misted up or got a little chokey I mean I sobbed wept and groaned thoroughly broke down and lost my shit on a very cathartic and soul rending level Hooray I can t guarantee that War and Peace will also make you cry but I bet if you re prone. Among the most influential novels of all time Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is set against the great political events surrounding Napoleon’s attempted invasion of Russia in 1812 Boasting over five hundred characters the sprawling narrative focuses on the fortunes and struggles of five aristocratic families Featuring both real and fictional protagonists from lowly foot soldiers to Napoleon himself Tolstoy weaves a literary and historical epic that has never been eualedThis edition features the highly acclaimed 2007 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Vo. Война и мир