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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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Jun 30, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in August, 2009

The story is too long and has too many characters for me to keep it all strait. There were many awesome moments in the book, but those are like speed bumps in an otherwise flat and boring story. The author interjects a lot with his opinions which are often frighteningly religious and anti-science. Tolstoy figures himself a keen philosopher, but his arguments are very poor. Perhaps that's what you have to deal with when reading a book written over a hundred years ago. He ponders a lot on the nature of history, arguing that it flows as a result of unknowable forces, and not by the leadership of those in power. This, like all his other arguments, seem to be an issue only of semantics, and lose my interest quickly.

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The Stunner His views on history not being influenced by individuals are not the strongest, but all of his other arguments, on the war strategies and etc, convinced me thoroughly.

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