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War and Peace: 3-Volume Boxed Set [Hardcover]

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Dec 7 1992 Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics


War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

As Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature. Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

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“There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?” —Virginia Woolf

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering yet remarkably clear July 5 2000
By C. Colt
Format:Hardcover
It takes an act of courage and determination to begin reading "War and Peace"-- not only because of its size but also because of the staggering reputation that precedes it. If you have the time to read a 1400+ page novel and the patience to sift through a large variety of Russian characters, then I promise you won't be disappointed.
"War and Peace" is many things to many people. It is a love story, a heroic military epic, a vast panorama of Nineteenth Century Russian society, and possibly the most incisive spiritual essay produced in the West to date. The core component of the story is the adventures of three characters, Count Pierre Bazukov, Prince Andrei Bolkansky, and Natasha Rostova. Prince Andrei is a cynic whose battlefield experience in the early Napoleonic campaigns has left him bereft of his idol, Napoleon. His dour outlook on life is changed when he meets Natasha at a ball and falls in love with her. Pierre is also smitten with Natasha, but his close friendship with Prince Andrei prevents him from revealing his feelings or acting on them. Prince Andrei and Natasha become engaged, but this turns to disaster when Natasha attempts to elope with a man who has beguiled her. Pierre intervenes to save Natasha's honor but the damage is done and the heart broken prince Andrei exiles himself to the countryside.
The lives of each character are irrevocably altered by Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Prince Andrei is mortally wounded at the Battle of Borodino and transferred to a field hospital outside of Moscow. Natasha and her mother arrive in the same location as refugees while Pierre remains in Moscow and attempts to assasinate Napoleon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality binding, love it! June 7 2014
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Was really surprised at how good the quality of the binding is. For ~$33 total, that works out to about ~$11 a book, which is well worth it. Font is legible, decent size, now just need to put aside a few months to read them :D
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the world May 10 1999
Format:Hardcover
This is Tolstoy's longest work, but is very readable. In fact, the book should be quite accessible to high schoolers, although it helps to know a little 18th and 19th century European history. There are plenty of summaries here, so I won't waste time with that. Tolstoy makes the mistake of including too many main characters, which is the largest contributing factor to the length. There are essentially six main characters, one of these being the war. Tolstoy must divert attention to too many places and hence War and Peace is more dilluted than Anna Karennina. Anna is a better book and I would recommend that to be read before War and Peace.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever (besides The Bible) March 25 2000
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Format:Hardcover
tolstoy went all out to write this;the significance of the whole book is self definition,in which the characters struggle through death, love, war, and the changes they encounter. war and peace is the struggle for the meaning of life which you find when andrey dies(best part of the book)and when pierre's mentor dies
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! Oct. 30 2009
By Tien D. Pham - Published on Amazon.com
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I suppose everyone one who is reading these reviews are wondering about the books condition and quailty and not it's world famous content. So i'd like to say these 3 books are beautifully crafted, it's hardcover is covered by linen and it can be placed flat on a table for reading.(it also has a nice little sturdy string for a bookmark)

The Maude translation is amazing and is certainly one of the best. They are still snippets of French, so have google translator near you. The font is a very readable size and all the pages have the same colour ink.

Some other reviewers have commented that the paper is too thin, and that made me hesitant to buy at first. I can tell you now, that the paper has a good thickness and is not as thin as bible paper, it's not opaque.

There is no typos i have come across so far.

I only have one complaint, I'm not sure if this was the case for everyone but the books I purchased were a little smelly, perhaps the binding. The smell has luckily faded.

I highly recommend this all who are interested in the great classics. It's a very good read, and it's will look nice on your shelf :)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars everyman's edition May 4 2012
By busy reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This edition offers the Maude translation.It is obviously one of the older but better versions available today.
Three volumes makes the work easier to manage.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Volume Hardcover Maude Translation May 16 2013
By asdfg - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted something more portable than a single book. Each volume is a nice portable size (i will try to upload some scale pics). They are very nice books with cloth coverings and a tassel bookmark built into each book. I couldn't find it in the details anywhere when I bought this, but it is the Maude translation (again, this is the 3 volume hardcover edition... i don't know if all war and peace reviews are lumped together or not). I saw some complaints about the paper thickness, but the thickness on this edition is great, not thin at all. Those were the question marks I had when buying and I was not disappointed at all.

edit after reading some: The only drawback for this version is the lack of translations for the French snippets. Also, I think the punctuation could use some work (this probably goes for all the translations though).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Books Ever Aug. 27 2013
By AZ kwusu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read this twice and I'm thinking about reading it again. I can't say enough about it. I enjoyed every page. In particular, I had a great time reading it the second time around when I stumbled upon the idea of checking out the various locations in the story using Google Map and/or Earth (and Google Translate to look up the various French passages interspersed throughout the book). In fact, I ended up finding a couple of maps created by fans of the book to do just that. Google also allows you to see actual pictures of some of the battle sites and research some of the attire and equipment mentioned in the book, and I thought that also enhanced my enjoyment of the novel. Try the Google-enhanced approach of reading this book and you will significantly increase your enjoyment of it.
34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering yet remarkably clear July 5 2000
By C. Colt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It takes an act of courage and determination to begin reading "War and Peace"-- not only because of its size but also because of the staggering reputation that precedes it. If you have the time to read a 1400+ page novel and the patience to sift through a large variety of Russian characters, then I promise you won't be disappointed.
"War and Peace" is many things to many people. It is a love story, a heroic military epic, a vast panorama of Nineteenth Century Russian society, and possibly the most incisive spiritual essay produced in the West to date. The core component of the story is the adventures of three characters, Count Pierre Bazukov, Prince Andrei Bolkansky, and Natasha Rostova. Prince Andrei is a cynic whose battlefield experience in the early Napoleonic campaigns has left him bereft of his idol, Napoleon. His dour outlook on life is changed when he meets Natasha at a ball and falls in love with her. Pierre is also smitten with Natasha, but his close friendship with Prince Andrei prevents him from revealing his feelings or acting on them. Prince Andrei and Natasha become engaged, but this turns to disaster when Natasha attempts to elope with a man who has beguiled her. Pierre intervenes to save Natasha's honor but the damage is done and the heart broken prince Andrei exiles himself to the countryside.
The lives of each character are irrevocably altered by Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Prince Andrei is mortally wounded at the Battle of Borodino and transferred to a field hospital outside of Moscow. Natasha and her mother arrive in the same location as refugees while Pierre remains in Moscow and attempts to assasinate Napoleon. While Prince Andrei lies in the hospital bed he sees his nemesis--the man who tried to steal Natasha from him--in the process of having his leg amputated. At that moment he feels immense compassion for the man and bears no more rancor towards him for destroying his relationship with Natasha. Prince Andrei's only wish is to see Natasha again so that he can forgive her. Later that night Natasha goes to the hospital in hopes of seeing Prince Andrei. When they meet again, Prince Andrei says, "I love you." This is probably the most powerful moment in the book since the love Prince Andrei expresses is not the adulating, possessive love a man feels for his bride. Prince Andrei loves her with a universal compassion and gentleness. He loves her as another human being, not as in instrument of his happiness. Prince Andrei has reached a point of spiritual evolution and in this sense, both Natasha and his rival are his teachers.
Back in Moscow, Pierre lines Napoleon's figure in his gun sights but is unable to shoot. He does not have it in him to alter the course of history. Instead, Pierre is captured and marched off with the French Army until he is liberated near the Russian border. He returns to Moscow and marries Natasha.
And this is just a summary of the core of the story. It omits many of the most interesting characters such as Prince Andrei's stern, ascetic father, or Natasha's temperamental brother, Nikolai. Entire sections of the novel are essays in themselves. For example at the beginning of the battle of Borodino, Tolstoi argues that the course of battle is not a matter of command or control but of fate.
Many readers have claimed that Tolstoi was a genius, but it would be more accurate to say that he was a genius on several levels. Tolstoi was a gifted writer, as well as a brilliant philosopher and social scientist. He was also a spiritual genius on par with Ghandi. Tolstoi's interpretation of love is a universal one that transcends any belief system. But this is hardly surprising from the man who said that if most Russians practiced true orthodoxy then the government would deem it a heresy.
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