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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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Manny
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
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
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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Clif Hostetler
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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Bruce
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
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 p
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Alex Zbarcea
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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Patrick
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
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
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
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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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
Un roman ? Une chronique historique ? Dans tous les cas, probablement un des meilleurs livre historique que j'ai lu!!!
Marie Bouteille
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
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
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
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
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...
Sarah
This book is worth all the hype. I didn't care for all the philosophizing at the end and sometimes in between, but fully enjoyed the stories.
Yann
Il vaut mieux le lire d'un coup vu la quantité de personnages, mais ça en vaut la peine.
Rita
Long. Long. But books like this are famous for a reason. It was good.
Cristina
an unforgetable classic, read it in spanish too many years ago
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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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