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Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times Hardcover – Illustrated, May 20, 2014
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No other novel in world literature possesses the intimidating allure of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It is the very Everest of fiction, and most readers need a sherpa. Andrew Kaufman has not only produced a perfect guide to the setting, characters, history, and background of this epic work, all skillfully interwoven with events in Tolstoy’s life; he has done so with zest and personality.
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A mirror of our times.
Beyond a rousing, unforgettable story, says Russian literature scholar Andrew D. Kaufman, Tolstoy's masterpiece can offer modern readers an urgent moral compass and a celebration of the deep joy of living. In Give War and Peace a Chance, his entertaining, thought-provoking, and accessible argument for why War and Peace is more relevant to readers now than ever, Kaufman argues compellingly that War and Peace is many things. It is a love story, a family saga, a war epic. But at its core it is a novel about human beings attempting to create a meaningful life for themselves in a country torn apart by war, social change, political intrigue, and spiritual confusion. Give War and Peace a Chance takes readers on a journey through War and Peace that reframes their very understanding of what it means to live through troubled times, and survive them.
Touching on a broad range of topics, from courage to romance, from parenting to death, Kaufman demonstrates how Tolstoy's wisdom can help us live fuller and more meaningful lives. An ideal companion to War and Peace, yet equally enjoyable to those who have never read a word of Tolstoy, Give War and Peace a Chance renders this greatest of masterpieces more approachable, relevant, and fun.
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451644701
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451644708
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated Edition (May 20, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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