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War and Peace (Cambridge World Classics) Critical Edition (Annotated) (Complete Works of Leo Tolstoy / Complete Works of Leo Tolstoi Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , Leo Tolstoi , Cambridge World Classics , Christopher Hong , Louise Maude , Aylmer Maude
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

ANNOTATED:

* Contains literary critiques, detailed biographies, and detailed historical context


OVERVIEW:

It is impossible to convey in words Tolstoy’s extraordinary capacity to transform a work of fiction into a spiritual quest for truth. Indeed, in War and Peace, it is above all, the exhausted truthfulness in his character that is most striking, revealing a sincerity which seems to fear nothing in exploring the most profound and inexorable philosophical ideas.

Indeed, it is in this context that Tolstoy’s enigmatic remark, namely that War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less an historical chronicle" can be understood. For War and Peace certainly is a truly great novel, is an undeniably powerful poem and is a historical chronicle of epic proportions. But underneath the unforgettable scenes of destruction and the beautiful passage on love is a metaphysical treatise on the very nature of Man and his relationship to God.
This collection brings together, for the first time in one volume, Tolstoy’s War and Peace with the definitive preface on Tolstoy’s lasting literary legacy.

The masterful translation, which was personally approved by Tolstoy himself, is by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

SPECIAL KINDLE ENABLED FEATURES:

This edition has special Kindle enabled features, including interactive table of contents, text-to-speech capabilities which enable audiobook features, as well as words that can be looked up on the Kindle supplied built in dictionary

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2265 KB
  • Print Length: 1594 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge World Classics (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ELAHJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel dealing with many aspects of life December 16, 2011
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This is an annotated version of a book that everyone knows of, but not enough take the time to read. Admittedly, it is long. Surprisingly it is gripping from begining to end.
Tolstoy displays an understanding of the diverse motivations which drive us all. If more people understood the confused and arbitrary nature of the human idiocy we call War, fewer would want anything to do with it. Reading Tolstoy's epic novel is a good start.
Thinking it would be a challenge, I set a goal to read thirty pages a day of War and Peace. Each day I found myself reading more and more. As with all great books, it seemed to be finished too soon.
The annotations are a very enjoyable addition. Just reading about Tolstoy's life is a story in itself. His activities seem too much for one life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much wrong with this... January 22, 2013
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Except that the names were translated and that bothered me GREATLY. Cannot imagine why anyone would want to call Prince Andreï, ANDREW...
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great ... But Very Long Book December 2, 2010
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I just got this on my kindle, and I am enjoying the book. However, I believe it will take me several months to finish, as I see that I am still only 4% finished with it, according to kindle! I really like this volume as it has a table of contents which is nicely indexed, not like some of the other less expensive kindle books out there. I also purchased Anna Karenina (Cambridge World Classics Edition) and I think that together I have ended up paying less than $2.00 for what would have been more than 3000 pages of literature. Wow!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly timely March 20, 2012
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What can one say about the greatest novel ever written. I have read and re-read this many times but it seems especially pertinent today. Pierre is initially taken with the fresh new leader of Europe. He idealizes Napoleon and is certain that he will bring a new dawn to Europe. The war changes him and he comes to see Napoleon as just another in an interminable line of European dictators. That seems to me to be very relevant to America today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! May 29, 2013
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This book has everything. From love to death, from beginning to end this book captivates. Don't be daunted by the length, just enjoy the read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece April 29, 2013
By TR
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This is a fantastic edition of this marvelous story. It is much less static and formal than other editions I've read. The translation flows very well. Would definitely recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - July 18, 2013
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A novel, a soap opera, a philosophical tome, a treatise on strategy, a history and theology work. I just don't want it to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War and Peace - a GREAT classic! July 10, 2013
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This is a classic, a lengthy one, that lives up to its immense reputation. It brings to life, in vivid, often excruciating detail the lives of Russians of all classes of the era of 1800 to 1812.

The more-than-oppulent lives of the aristocracy and the crushing lives of the soldiers and peasants are brought out in the thousand pages of Tolstoy's great work. The emperors (Napoleon and Alexander the First) lead their constituents into the classic conflict ending in Napoleon's retreat from Russia.

This book is more than worth the effort and time needed to savor all of its length.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Speaks for itself
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time it took to read
This is a massive work by Tolstoy to which I devoted the month of June. It was well worth the time. Not only was it a wonderful story about heartbreaking romances within... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John J Leary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good and very useful.
Published 2 months ago by José Carlos Thomé
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
Tolstoy is a master story teller and the War gives him a great palette. This book is a true classic.
Published 2 months ago by George W. Tonn
5.0 out of 5 stars War n Peace, still a classic after all these years!
5star! A classic. Remarkably pertinent even now. War is still devastating n avoidable. Characters alive today as much as they were 200 yrs ago.
Published 3 months ago by Marian Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Tolstoy's contribution to world class literature
Wonderful novel that delves into the social structure--political system and gives insight into lives of peasants and Russan feudal system. Read more
Published 3 months ago by george keith edweards
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason it's a classic
I love this book more every time I read it. Yes it's long, yes it's dense, yes there are a lot of people to keep track of. But it's all worth it in the end.
Published 3 months ago by jt kalnay
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The classic story from the renowned author Tolstoy. Long and tedious but it would have to be to include all the details, nuances, 350 plus characters, etc. A must read.
Published 7 months ago by Lee M Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO NOVELS IN ONE
You can find reviews and analyses of this book all over the internet; however I want to give you a contemporary view by an ordinary American woman - me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably engrossing
Great introduction, places the story in its social and political context. This translation is easy reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Benjamin Green
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