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'If life could write, it would write like Tolstoy.' Isaac Babel Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Linda  L

Who Am I to...

by Linda L on Oct 31, 2013

criticize Tolstoy? Great book. Arrived in a timely manner in good condition. HUGE in size. It's to laugh. More

Aarrgghh

This is the translation to read

by Aarrgghh on Dec 8, 2011

Reading literary masterpieces crafted in a different language puts a great burden on the translator; Constance Garnett's 1904 version in English was the benchmark for a century, but it has finally been superseded by this fantastic edition, the work of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It cleaves ... More

Welly

The Russian Response to Woody Allan

by Welly on Nov 19, 2009

Anyone who wants to try to understand the Russian soul must try to read this book. The Russians were not then, nor are they now, people like us (i.e. people raised in the English tradition. More

Ron Townsend

Easy to read

by Ron Townsend on Jul 18, 2008

I read War and Peace in 1984 along with the three famous novels of Dostoevyski. It occurred to me the reason I liked all four was the translation made them accessible. Also In War and Peace the novel was divided up into small sections which made it easy to read and put down. I found all four novels a ... More

BigBenaben

There's a reason why it's considered The Best

by BigBenaben on Apr 1, 2007

I took a Tolstoy course in university and it ended up being my favorite class of all time. What a lot of people don't realize is that the brilliance of Tolstoy and "War and Peace" is that in spite of its intimidating size and reputation, it's wonderfully easy to read and absorb. The way Tolstoy writes ... More

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Discussions about War and Peace

Neil

Tolstoy War and Peace

Need Knopf edition, Pevear and Volokhonsky, Translators.

BrianE

Accomplishment or just a long, long, long book?

Seriously, I tried picking this back up again (hadn't read since high school) and found it impossible to keep going. Perhaps it's just the short attention span that modern life creates? But I can't imagine that my patience and attention levels were higher 25 years ago...

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