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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

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  • File Size: 2265 KB
  • Print Length: 1594 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge World Classics (November 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ELAHJA
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By E. Craig McKay on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol KOHLI-GIROD on 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 A Kid's Review on 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 $2.00 for what would have been more than 3000 pages of literature. Wow!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joel Fleischer on March 20, 2012
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What can one say about the greatest novel ever written. I have read and re-read this many times but it seems especially pertinent today. Pierre is initially taken with the fresh new leader of Europe. He idealizes Napoleon and is certain that he will bring a new dawn to Europe. The war changes him and he comes to see Napoleon as just another in an interminable line of European dictators. That seems to me to be very relevant to America today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TR on April 29, 2013
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This is a fantastic edition of this marvelous story. It is much less static and formal than other editions I've read. The translation flows very well. Would definitely recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Holland on January 31, 2013
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This is the Maude translation of Tolstoy's masterpiece, which has been a standard version for many years. It is a bit old-fashioned and there is some awkwardness in the way the French language passages are handled. There are other hiccups in the scanned typography whch pop up now and then. However, the price ($.99)/value proposition is very good, and the narrative is simply outstanding. Beware Tolstoy's embedded philosophical and metaphysical digressions, which apparently made him a virtual saint to the Russian people, but which are now simply tedious. These are easily identified and you can read them if you want...I skimmed, and felt I didn't miss anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Seet on September 8, 2012
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War and Peace

Beyond the panoramic Battles of Austerlitz and Borodino, the muffled burning of Moscow and Napoleon's dilapidated retreat, Tolstoy in War and Peace painted the Napoleonic War's dislodging the cast of characters from their apparel concerns, gossipy sorties, troubled marriages and career ambitions and through their social clumsiness, oppressive ideals, spiritual dullness and determined naivete, extorted their unavoidable responses to these tidal waves.

While Napoleon sought to drive history's course through his lashing will and reining determination by marching onto Moscow, Kutuzov by sensing and attuning to the historical current tactically retreated beyond Moscow and after the Napoleonic army's natural dissipation trailed its chaotic retreat. Tolstoy, who believed historical crosswinds to be too complicated for any Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan to align, favored Kutuzov's naturalistic craftsmanship and through Pierre, applied it to personal destiny.

After his wife had left him, Pierre's clumsy and sometimes-comic search for meaning led him to freemasonry, whose esoteric philosophy failed to pave a new path beyond the thorns and thistles. Although he accepted life storms serenely, his what for and so what would continue to harass him until he met Karataev, who showed him the life unified to the land, the sea and the air and harmonious with their rhythmsa mystical naturalism favored by Tolstoy. However, at the novel's conclusion, our hero's life as a conscientious nobleman, a contributing intelligentsia and an accommodating family man, perhaps a sign that age would squander aspirations and the years would sap physical and emotional energy, smelled of defeat to his previous pilgrimage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Cohen on September 6, 2012
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Tolstoy's masterpiece taps into the subconscious of his characters where most people really live. All the silly things we think, our ineffectual strivings, our hopes, dreams,fears -- this is the way he structures his book.

He writes about incidents in people's lives by focusing on subliminal aspects of it rather than using the more common linear prose of other writers. In fact, his writing is similar to the thinking of one of his central characters,the Commander-in-Chief, Kutuzev, head of the Russion army in the 1812 war against Napoleon.

The General thought mostly about the spirit of the Russian army, and didn't bother much about various squirmishes and battle tactics to defeat Napoleon. He felt Russia itself would defeat him which indeed it did in the end.

The inner spirit of Tolstoy's characters is the most important thing to Tolstoy as well as to his general, and he makes them come alive by focusing on it. For example:

Petya Rostov was estatically happy just before he was killed in battle. To him, he was in a fairy tale world where war was heroic, becautiful and exciting; he never knew what hit him.

On another central character, Pierre: Instead of finding the meaning of life through study and freemasonry where good intentions differed often dramatically from real behavior, Pierre finally finds the meaning of life by living it, not by studying theories and philosophy.

I must add, that a generation later the Russian upper class of Tolstoy was wiped off the face of the earth and in spite of his brillance, neither Tolstoy nor them, ever saw it coming.

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