About the Book
A stunning clothbound Hardcover Classics edition of Tolstoy’s great novel, one of the undisputed masterpieces of world literature
At a glittering society party in St. Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey, and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants, to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes—conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate—with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
My Take on the Book
I had been wanting to read this for many years but it is a bit frightening at first when you see the size of this book. That being said though, this version of this classic is beautiful and well bound. As I started to read through this I found this was a truly engaging story. Also, once you start reading this you find that you can get through it much faster than you might have thought.
The story's family dynamics was remarkable. The author creates intertwining families that are navigating the nineteenth century. The story gives you a bit of everything from action to love and drama too.
While this is not a history book, Tolstoy did a great job of weaving in history and philosophy into something that is something in between the two.
In the end I can see why this has been called a classic. It was a wonderful book that all should experience!
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