War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: “To read him . . . is to find one’s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane.”
 

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Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.
 
Published October 5, 2011 by Vintage. 1298 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Non-fiction
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But there are other, subtler differences: for example, in the following account of a wolf hunt, which is a metaphor for the approaching death throes of the old landed aristocracy: “The wolf slowed his flight, turned his big-browed head towards the dogs awkwardly, as if suffering...

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Dueling versions of one of the world's great novels have created a book-world furor. One new edition calls itself the "original version." That's drawn fire from an editor who says it's basically a rough draft — and who just published another version by a team of superstar translators.

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I've read all of Gary Paulsen's adult stuff - read one accidentally due to very smart librarian picking out for me - read all they had , & ordered the rest , which were very , very , reasonably priced for these days.

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The text abounds in references to War and Peace whether in an epigraph, in offhand allusions to Tolstoy’s characters, or in passages such as this, from the preface to the second part of the book, which is called “War and Jail”: Not long ago, we were reading War and Peace—for the first time since...

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I welcomed Pnin (184 pages), The Great Gatsby (176 pages), Sula (192 pages), Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (184 pages), and other skillful, speedy books.

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