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Download. War and Peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from to in Russkii Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy. Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December. eBook file(s) submitted by Graf Leo Tolstoy The year is , and war is brewing in Western Europe, as Napoleon conquers Select Download Format.
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With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception. Anna Pavlovna had had a cough for some days.
She was, as she said, suffering from la grippe; grippe being then a new word in St. Petersburg, used only by the elite.
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All her invitations without exception, written in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liveried footman that morning, ran as follows:. He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face. He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only ….
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All her invitations without exception, written in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liveried footman that morning, ran as follows: The Great Gatsby F. It is unlikely that anyone who has the endurance to finish this book would give it a poor review. That would still be true, however, if it were one-third the length.
It is, if not the best novel ever written, certainly on a very short list of great works of literature. The beauty of the prose, for me, is the fact that Tolstoy speaks through subtlety.
His powers of description are beyond comparison, and in fact there is relatively little dialogue given the length of the book. 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. My advice: 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.
The two stars are not about the book but Amazon's mislabeling of the translation. I have the paperback version of the Anthony Briggs translation and it matches up perfectly with this kindle edition. I really wish Amazon would do a better job of labeling who translates their Kindle editions, different translations can make all the difference in your enjoyment of the book. See all 2, reviews.
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