But the focus of his descriptive powers is not the scenery or the landscape, as is often the case, but the gesture, the look on the face, the social context of the event. This is a subtlety that is lost in our dialogue-heavy, action-packed world today, and is almost foreign to most contemporary authors. Which, in part, also explains why War and Peace seems inapproachable to many contemporary readers. Many of us have lost touch with subtlety and if you are one of those, reading this book would be the greatest gift you can give yourself in the months ahead. It was as if she wished but was unable to diminish the effect of her beauty.
One of the common criticisms of the book is that the characters often speak in French, which is retained in this translation. This is more true in the beginning, however, and, in total, the French represents a small portion of the total prose. It is mostly there for context, so even if you pass over the short phrases you will miss little other than the full experience that Tolstoy intended.
Also remember that French and English are not all that foreign to each other and the most important words in French can be easily guessed by English readers with a little lingual abandonment. Similarly, the complexity of Russian naming conventions need not be the burden it often is to the English reader. Tolstoy most definitely wrote a novel, not a mystery thriller, although he claims that it is not a novel.
The storyline is not the book; it serves the theme. Nine times out of ten the identity will become obvious before the scene ends. And for that exception there is a handy reference guide. While that culture contrasts sharply with the way in which most Americans are inclined to think of Russia, the themes are quite timeless. Tolstoy, however, does capture it in prose and it is moving without being graphic or overly detailed. You nonetheless feel that you are immersed in the same situational context as the young infantryman thrown about in the chaos of futility and death.
In the end, this book easily earns its reputation as one of the best novels ever written. Through his grasp of subtlety and his incomparable ability to build intangible impressions with tangible prose, Tolstoy takes us through the full range of human emotions, accomplishment, and vacuity. As many great novels do, he merely puts themes out there for us to consider and mold to our own experience and our own lives.
You will be surprised at how much of yourself you find in early 19th Century Russian characters and events. If not timeless, the insight and the human revelation are universal. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. See all 2, reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews.
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Please try again later. I wanted something more portable than a single book. Each volume is a nice portable size i will try to upload some scale pics. They are very nice books with cloth coverings and a tassel bookmark built into each book. I couldn't find it in the details anywhere when I bought this, but it is the Maude translation again, this is the 3 volume hardcover edition I saw some complaints about the paper thickness, but the thickness on this edition is great, not thin at all.
Those were the question marks I had when buying and I was not disappointed at all. The only drawback for this version is the lack of translations for the French snippets. Also, I think the punctuation could use some work this probably goes for all the translations though. I love this book, and especially enjoyed this printing. First, I like that it is broken into three volumes, which fit more neatly on-the-go, and which don't attract so much attention.
Second, I like the timelines, chronologies, maps, etc. Third, I never felt like I was reading a translation -- the language was natural and beautiful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was by far the longest book I have read, with the exception of the Bible. I do have to say though that this is without a doubt the best example of writing that I have ever happened upon. The style and flair employed by the author in unparalleled in my experience and alone makes the reading of this novel well worthwhile.
I highly recommend it to anyone and am glad to have had the opportunity. It's Russian history during the War of , so of course it's full of graphic violence, but balanced by entrancing, sometimes achingly poignant love stories between protagonists, together before long separations enforced by circumstances beyond their control, as well as a revealing of family dynamics and personal warring factions. Tolstoy is among many great Russian writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, from czarism through Stalinism, who hide nothing in retelling their romantic, sometimes tortured histories.
This piece of work is admittedly long and emotionally crushing. That said, you may be spurred on to see your life in a new context. I took two lessons from this work: Ah, three separate volumes. So much easier to handle while reading. And it doesn't feel like it any volume of it will start falling apart as I read it. I am fond of this particular translation. It sounds just old enough in English to fit the times of story and is well enough translated. But then I could not help but notice that Tolstoy would periodically belabor certain points in a repetitive and redundant way. A point succinctly stated may be clever.
But if restated 4 or more times it becomes insultingly annoying. This Tolstoy seemed to do ever increasingly as the book progressed. I do recommend it as a must read when all is said and done. See all 78 reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews.