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War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today ...more
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Published November 1st 2006 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published 1865)
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André
Dec 11, 2015 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O que devemos dizer quando achamos que está tudo dito? Quando achamos que não podemos acrescentar mais nada? Guerra e Paz, esse monumento literário, cuja arquitectura é fenomenal, é uma lição literária, filosófica e histórica. É um daqueles raros livros que conseguem afectar a nossa vida e o nosso pensamento, que nos permitem crescer enquanto pessoas. E se de monumentos comecei a falar, poderia também dispor o livro como se fosse um quadro. Um quadro que dispõe de imensos detalhes: pinceladas de ...more
Nelson Zagalo
Jan 19, 2016 Nelson Zagalo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary_canon
Neste segundo volume comecei a vislumbrar algumas das razões pelas quais o livro se tem mantido tão relevante ao longo de tantos anos. A sede de realismo de Tolstoy fez com que este enveredasse por uma narrativa de caráter histórico, mas não se ficou por aí, enredou tudo muito bem num formato de romance, construindo assim um épico que relata os grandes eventos Europeus do início do século XIX através dos olhos de várias famílias que servem para ir ao detalhe na discussão da organização do estado ...more
Cristiana de Sousa
Feb 01, 2016 Cristiana de Sousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Este segundo volume consegue ser ainda mais emocionante que o anterior. Agora que conhecemos as personagens mais intimamente, é espantoso como Tolstoi consegue fazer com que o percurso delas tenha tanta importância para nós leitores. Não existindo muitos cenários de guerra neste volume, o que nos prende a atenção desde da primeira pagina são as gigantescas intrigas da alta aristocracia de S. Petersburgo. E estas intrigas são tao bem construídas, que nunca sentimos falta da ação de uma guerra. Pi ...more
Manny
Dec 07, 2014 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old joke in the Mr and Mrs series that I was just reminded of:
"Mr and Mrs Peacepartou... and their son, Warren Peacepartou!"
(Some British people allegedly find this funny)
Imen Prima
May 24, 2012 Imen Prima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
Comme je l'ai dit après avoir lu le premier tome, ce n'est pas juste un roman, cela Tolstoi le dit de sa propre bouche, c'est une oeuvre grandiose qui mêle le roman, l'histoire, la philosophie, ce tome 2 est particulièrement intéressant et passionnant car rempli des pensées critiques de Tolstoi vis-à-vis des historiens qui ont écrit sur la guerre de 1812, son idée principale étant qu'on ne peut pas expliquer un évènement où des millions d'hommes s'entretuent par la volonté d'un seul homme (Napol ...more
Bruce
Jul 24, 2012 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War and Peace, like Anna Karenin, has two plots between which the narrative goes back and forth: the Napoleonic Wars in Russia and the personal drama of the major characters. They intersect and occasionally blend, but each has its own separate and distinct impetus.

The war plot famously illustrates Tolstoy's idea that history is moved not by the decisions of "great men" (like Napoleon), but rather by the sum of decisions made by everyone in a society -- and no one, least of all the great men, can
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Regan
Aug 04, 2015 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid read. Like reading Downton Abbey without the peasants and with the addition of Napoleon, a lot more war, and doses of historiography. Favorite character was Denisov, felt really bad for Sonya, wanted to know what became of Anatole. Can't say that I was totally ecstatic with Natasha's character development over the course of 1400 pages, but then again she's living in 19th century Russia. When I picked up the book, I was expecting a much harder read but was pleasantly surprised at how access ...more
Meriem Meryouma
قصة تولستوي الخالدة... هكذا ذيل حلمي مراد عنوان تولستوي الكبير و الذائع الصيت:"الحرب و السلام" و لقد وصف من قبل عناوين كثيرة بألفاظ مشابهة بغرض إغراء القارئ كما يبدو و لكن ذلك في نظري لا يخلو من مغالاة.
لا أقول أنني أجدر للحكم على تلك الكتابات و لكن هذه الألفاظ الرنانة هي صفة نسبية تعتمد أغلب الوقت على عوامل أخرى متعددة أبرزها مدى ألفة القارئ مع بيئة الرواية.
و أنا الآن أراوح أواسط الجزء الثاني من الرواية أشعر بضياع كبير بسبب الكم الهائل من الشخصيات التي يحمل كل منها أسماء روسية معقدة لا تخلو من ت
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Bruce
Dec 11, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing
This epic work of historical fiction is a richly-detailed and thought-provoking tale of the Napoleonic Wars and human passion. The competing thrones of Napoleon and Czar Alexander I are vividly recounted through the lives and deaths in three noble Russian families: the Rostovs, the Bolkonskys and Bezukhovs and their contemporaries. Both battle scenes and life on the home front are recounted. The domestic is related with sharp social commentary as witty as Jane Austin, and the fog of war and its ...more
Dante Loayza
Mar 02, 2014 Dante Loayza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muchas veces evité esta obra intimidado por su fama. Es una obra extensa, sin embargo no me pareció ni densa ni compleja, lo que habla muy bien de su autor dada la magnitud del trabajo. Comprendo bien el por qué es un imperdible libro clásico: personajes inolvidables, las digresiones filosóficas, el trasfondo de las guerras napoleónicas, todo es memorable.

En el plano estrictamente documental y extraliterario hay vacíos o sesgos que no pude pasar por alto. La explicación de la solución de la par
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Lolo
Aug 16, 2015 Lolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dans la continuité du premier tome, nous suivons les mêmes personnages, pendant toute la campagne napoléonienne en Russie. De fait, l'action et les personnages sont pour la plupart concentrés sur la guerre. L'auteur cette fois, glisse un peu de propos au fil des chapitres, notamment pour démonter le travail des historiens de toutes les mouvances, qu'ils soient français ou russes. Il entend proposer à la fois une nouvelle vision du déroulement des événements concernant cette guerre, mais aussi tr ...more
Pnyxis
Jul 06, 2015 Pnyxis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lo-recomiendo

Me resulta un poco difícil hablar de un LIBRO de más de 1000 páginas, aunque pueda parecer contradictorio. Si el libro es un clásico COMO Guerra y Paz y el autor es un hombre como Lev Nikoláievich Tolstói la tarea se me hace aún más complicada. De modo que aun a riesgo de que dejes de leer a CONTINUACIÓN, lo que voy a hacer va a ser dejarte posiblemente mi pasaje favorito. Porque, como Andrei, yo ando moribundo en cama, y si Natasha apareciera en este momento mi dicha no sería comparable a la su
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Perry Whitford
Jun 30, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'On the 12th of June 1812 the forces of Western Europe crossed the frontiers of Russia, and war began: in other words, an event took place counter to all the laws of human reason and human nature.'

This striking line occurs in the very first paragraph of the second volume of Tolstoy's towering novel, an effective preface for the wider, historical outlook taken by the author from the mid-point onwards of his great work.

Tolstoy is vehement in his didactic purpose to discredit the 'great man' theory
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Alex Zbarcea
Aug 15, 2013 Alex Zbarcea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinara ...

Cine zice ca nu e multa actiune in ditamai cartoiul se inseala. In plus povesti de dragoste, umor de situatii, situatii alambicate, intr-adevar ca si in viata.

Sunt atat de multe personaje si tipologii ca sigur le poti identifica in viata reala cu cateva ajustari.

Foarte interesant sa vezi actiunea nu doar din perspectiva faptelor, dar si a trairilor, sa intelegi ezitarea si "inocenta" domnisoarelor.

Foarte interesant tratat razboiul, prin prisma unor fapte a coror deznodamant nu
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Clif Hostetler
May 24, 2012 Clif Hostetler rated it really liked it
One way of describing War and Peace is that its scope is as expansive and broad as the Russian countryside. Critics of the book pick up on this theme and agree with Henry James when he says that Russian novels are, “... large, loose, baggy monsters, with their queer elements of the accidental and the arbitrary,..." In other words, they have no obvious beginning, middle and end.

I agree that such a description can be applied to War and Peace, but once finished and I had a chance to reflect on the
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Patrick
Sep 30, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le tome 2 est un peu plus ardu que le premier. Le coup de massue final sur le libre arbitre laisse pantois. Je comprends mieux les lecteurs qui parlent d'un OVNI de la littérature, puisque en un bouquin vous avez la chronique historique, l'essai philosophique, et le récit au sens romanesque. Cependant tout s'enchaîne assez naturellement. Les analyses précèdent les descriptions des évènements par les personnages. Les essais précisent la pensée de l'auteur et accentuent encore le parti pris de la ...more
Emilia
May 24, 2012 Emilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
There are a number of sub-plots in this great classic, and of course a love story
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Alejandro
Jan 20, 2014 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guerra y Paz es uno de esos libros que abarcan una gran cantidad de temas: desde las pasiones humanas, la vida familiar, la política hasta cuestiones de libertad o el sentido/finalidad de la vida. Por otro lado, Tolstói, como menciona en el apéndice del libro, se encargó, no de realizar una crónica histórica y enfocarse en la vida de los personajes importantes, sino que muestra la complejidad del ser humano.

La edición de Alianza Editorial es realmente buena y se agradece que los fragmentos en al
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Carol
May 24, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is volume two of this tome. Finishing it was a major literary accomplishment. As I read this book, I kept track of my progress on a Tolstoy Facebook page. Unfortunately, that group was revamped, and that journey was deleted.
War and Peace isn't just a novel, it is a philosophical treatise as well. The story and the history are easy in comparison and are just the background for his real purpose.
Tolstoy wrote other books on religion and art which I haven't read. Judging from parts of War and
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Julia
Sep 26, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma leitura muito positiva. Com um ritmo de leitura bastante mais fluido do que o primeiro volume.
Teresa Costa
Apr 06, 2015 Teresa Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long epilogue on the mechanism of History...
Hobbes
Pfiouh ! Que c'est long, lent, ch***. Je suis super déçu de ne pas avoir aimé, déçu du roman et déçu par ma réaction, mais j'ai voulu lire la version longue et ça m'est tombé des mains.
Abandonné au début du second tome et regardé le film de King Vidor pour savoir comment ça finit. C'est un peu la honte mais la vie est trop courte et il y a tant de livres !
Peo
Jul 23, 2014 Peo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un roman ? Une chronique historique ? Dans tous les cas, probablement un des meilleurs livre historique que j'ai lu!!!
Marie Bouteille
May 24, 2012 Marie Bouteille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tolstoï nous emmène d'un salon à l'autre et d'un champ de bataille à l'autre et c'est passionnant. C'est vrai que l'on regretterait presque que le livre s'arrête. Seules certaines des interventions de Tolstoï sont un peu longues parfois en particulier la dernière. Mais j'ai enfin compris le déroulement de cette période des guerres napoléoniennes.
Migel Ml
Oct 25, 2014 Migel Ml rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book with nice intrigue, good portrait of noble private live and cool surpizes
Marina Sinelnikova
Tolstoy did not like his characters (especially women) and I am not sure I like him as a person, but his characters are marvellously alive and recognizable, and his turn of phrase is often startling but memorable.
Susan
May 24, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is the second volume of War and Peace! I think it took me a year to read both I & II wth a "few" other (lighter) novels in between. But I canhonestly say Iread War & Peace through to page 1444!
Phoenix2
If I got half of what Tolstoy wrote in War and peace, I will consider myself lucky. One of the most difficult yet fascinating books I have ever read, with great ideas about war and history.
Kiko Fábregas
Oct 17, 2013 Kiko Fábregas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nota: 8,5

Libro extenso que explica tanto la alta sociedad rusa como las etapas de guerra en el periodo de 1807 a 1812 en el que se producía la invasión de Napoleón.

Pierre-emmanuel
Sep 11, 2012 Pierre-emmanuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russe
Au fil des chapitres le roman se transforme en essai sur l'Histoire perdant de sa fraîcheur et affaiblissant la trame de fond. Une fin un peu laborieuse...
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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