i loved reading this book. i read it because in the charlie brown peanuts movie, marcie said it was the greatest story ever told. and now that ive read it, i would agree it is the greatest story that ive read. i began reading it in march of 2016, and i just finished it now, 3 years and 11 months later. i could have read it faster, but i was enjoying reading a chapter at a time, and savouring it like a delicious meal. i think each translation has a different feel. i started off with another one, but struggled to get into it. i switched to anthony briggs one, and found myself enjoying it more. by the time i was one third into it, i started to feel the rhythm of the story and really began to love it. Tolstoy is a master at capturing people, relationships and the essence of life. The three characters i was most interested in were Andrei, Natasha and Pierre, and i loved journeying with them through their eventful lives and it was enlightening to see the wisdom they gained as the story progressed. the ending to the main story was wonderful. I did not enjoy the 100 page epilogue, but i made myself read it, because im stubborn. i loved reading this book. the chapters are short and i could finish one in about 10 minutes. I was happy to read a chapter a day (and even less frequently at times) and take my time enjoying this book about life.
WAR AND PEACE successfully captured life's promises, challenges, joys, triumphs, and losses in a way that no other novels has done before and after. In this novel with more characters than any other I can imagine; the main characters are Pierre Bezuhov, Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, and Natasha Rostov, who are all affected by the destabilization of the war Napoleon brought upon Russia in the early nineteenth century. It is around them that the other characters revolve. Even though the sheer size of this novel of over a million words may discourage readers to pick it up, the consuming nature of the story keeps a reader glued to the book from the opening pages. The sheer power of this romantic and adventurous story made this classic story to survive as perhaps the best of all times.
The essence of Power, which is what leads individuals to move nations is the ultimate question of War and Peace. And this individuals or great men of history, are in reality the slave of history. That underlying fact can be found in other Russian stories. The Union Moujik, Taras Bulba, Crimed and Punishment feature that concept. The war part of the story features remarkable military campaigns such as those by Napoleon and his Russian counterpart, Emperor Aleksandr, as they employed their different strategies in the quest for victory on the lands of Russia.
War and Peace is entertaining as well as enlightening and is considered by many to be the master of all Russian novels. Its overview of Russian life and culture involving peasants and the aristocracy gives a true to life portrayal of humanity. You can find glimpses of other Great Russian novels in this story. In short, this epic