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War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

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Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, acclaimed & award-winning translators of many works of Russian literature, from Anna Karenina to The Brothers Karamazov, now turn their attention to Tolstoy's epic masterpiece. The novel follows the intertwining fortunes of three people during Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count, who is searching for his place in the world; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves everything behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young woman who fascinates them both. 1296p.

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    We all died a little in that one but it was well worth it.

    Written by acousticbino, Posted on 12/09/2013 at 6:22:55 PM

    This is a wonderful book about the Napoleonic battles around 1812. This book was 28,927 pages long in my original kindle, and I finished it. I guess that I really had to. We all died a little in that war; it was a long one. It really was a magnificent book. Napoleon took his armies (German, Spanish, Italian and French) and marched into Russia to engage them in battle. The book spends a great deal of time on the battles right down to strategies and small engagements. However, War and Peace spends a great amount of time on the rich and noble and how they were very aloof of how this battle was to affect them. Moreover, the book covered the peasants’ life servants’ life and how the battle was to affect them. In many ways this war was not much different from wars of modern days. We would not expect the children of our noble, wealthy and powerful to serve as mere soldiers on the front lines. Because they were who they were, they obviously needed to be officers and important planners of the war. And, many of these privileged children were terribly inadequate at these elements of war. Napoleon’s armies basically march right into Moscow with a few well-deserved victories along the way. The Russians are astounded. They expected a much easier time of defeating Napoleon and his armies. Things were not going their way at all. It was a shock to all to have to abandon Moscow, the capital. And, the noble wanted someone held accountable, just not their kids. The Russians had no choice but to abandon Moscow, taking what few possessions, food, and employees that they could and leave Moscow ablaze. So, this is the Moscow that Napoleon arrives in. It takes him awhile to regain order. They stay and rest and eat what food that they can. They are waiting for the Russians to attack. What if they declared a war and no one showed up? This is precisely what happened. The Russians let them stay there. Finally, they had no choice but to go back home and they blew that joint in a hurry. They had little opportunity to make it back to friendly territory before the weather changed to severe cold and snow. Also, they had to worry about their food, clothing and other supplies. Every now and then small detachments of Russians would get above them and fire off a few volleys wounding and killing a few, but mainly slowing down their progression. Far more died in the retreat due to the environmental elements than actual warfare. Thousands of Napoleon’s troops died due to the elements – a very large percentage of his troops. This was pretty much the end of the line for Napoleon. He had lost his appeal. The people wanted him out. This is a classic book that deserves its place in literary history. I am very glad that I read it. The book appeals to both sexes and is not that morbid. However, it is an endeavor and in my humble opinion, the book could be about 3% shorter. Cam

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