Check out my War and Peace book summary and Review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. War and Peace (Russian: Война и мир ?, transcript: Vojnà i mir, in the original pre-reform spelling, Война и миръ) is a historical novel by Lev Tolstoy.

Written between 1863 and 1869 and first published in Ruskis Westnik Magazine between 1865 and 1869, it is mainly the story of two families, Balkonsky and Rostov, during the Napoleonic War, the Napoleon campaign in Russia in 1812 and its concerns. The first Russian secret society.

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Tolstoy likened his work to the great Homeric creation, and its enormity could be called an infinite novel in war and peace, in the sense that the author seems to have found the perfect form in literature to describe man over time. Dense with philosophical, scientific, and historical references, the story seems to combine the power of historicity and dramatic subtlety.

(Even Napoleon created an unforgettable portrait of himself) with a powerful and obvious metaphysical perspective that predominates a huge flow of events, from huge events. , Like the Battle of Austerlitz and the Battle of Borodino, to the more intimate.

War and Peace book summary :

War and peace are a mixture of fictional and historical characters; They were introduced in the novel in July 1805 during a ride with Anna Pavlovna Sherer. Pierre Bezuchov is the illegitimate son of a wealthy man who is dying of a stroke: he unexpectedly gets involved in a dispute over his father's inheritance.

Prince Andrei Balkonsky, the intelligent and sarcastic husband of the charming Lis, finds little satisfaction in the life of a married man, and in the near future, Supreme Commander Mikhail Ilaryanovich prefers Kutuzov to the role of auxiliary-D-camp. War against Napoleon. We also learn about the existence of the Rostov family in Moscow, which includes four teenagers.

Among them, the portraits of the lively youngest daughter Natalia Rostova ("Natasa") and the eldest and most persuaded Nikolai Rostov are particularly captivating. In Lysi Gori ('Bald Hills'), Prince Andrei hands over his pregnant wife to his bizarre father and mysterious sister, Marza Balkonskazar, and sets off for battle.

One of the central characters of war and peace is undoubtedly Pierre Bezuchov. Having received an unexpected legacy, he has suddenly become burdened with the responsibilities and contradictions of a Russian nobleman. His earlier apathetic behavior disappears, replaced by a confusing feature in Tolstoy's poetry: How should one survive in an imperfect world in harmony with morality?

 He married Helen, the beautiful and immoral daughter of Prince Kuragin, going against his own best judgment. Taken by envy, he confronts his supposed rival in a duel and he wins it despite never having a gun. He is separated from his wife, leaving half of his fatherhood when he falls into reflection, and overwhelmed by doubts about life, he meets the mason and becomes their brother.

 With good intentions he tries to free his peasants or slaves but is deceived by his administrators and gets nothing to improve their living, he tries to improve his agricultural funds, but in the end does not get results.

Prince Andrei, whose wife Lis has already died in childbirth, was seriously injured during his first combat experience. He decided, following a deep reflection, to devote himself to the administration of his property; It was during this time that he began to visit Rostov's house frequently, and in return fell in love with the young Natasha.

Love opposed by her elderly father, whose enmity Prince Andrei decides to separate from Natasha for a year, waiting for their love to come together. In the meantime, Helen and her brother Anatole plan to seduce and disrespect the young and beautiful Natasha Rostova. The plan failed at the last minute; But Andrei, learning this, rejects Natasha, who falls into deep depression; However, for Pierre, this is the reason for an important meeting with the young Rostov.

When Napoleon invades Russia, Pierre observes the battle of Borodino, especially from close quarters, leaving behind the crew of a Russian artillery battery, and learns how bloody and terrible the battle really is. When the Great Army captured Moscow, it was set on fire and abandoned by Governor Fyodor Vasil'evich Rostopchin Pierre on a dazzling mission to assassinate Napoleon and take him prisoner of war.

After witnessing the looting by the French in Moscow and the firing on civilians, Pierre was forced to march with enemy troops in their catastrophic retreat. He was later freed by a Russian gang who was leading an operation.

Andrei, still in love with Natasha, was wounded in the Battle of Borodino and eventually died after reuniting with Natasha before the war ended. The victorious Russians came close to Pierre, the widow, and Natasha during the Moscow Reconstruction. Pierre eventually falls in love and marries Natasha, while Nikolaj marries Maria Balkonskaza.

Tolstoy effectively portrayed the differences between Napoleon and (as already mentioned) the Russian general Kutuzov in terms of personality and in armed conflict. Napoleon made the wrong choice, heading for Moscow and occupying it for five lucky weeks, when he had better destroyed the Russian army in a decisive battle.

Kutuzov refused to sacrifice his army to save Moscow: on the contrary, he ordered the retreat and allowed the French to occupy the city. Once inside Moscow, the army spread to the Grande, occupying more or less random accommodation; The chain of command broke down and (unintentionally, according to Tolstoy) the fire destroyed Moscow.

Tolstoy explained that this was inevitable, because when a city was left in the hands of foreigners made of wood on a large scale, who normally cooked food, smoked through pipes, and tried to heat, fires ignited.

 In the absence of some organized fire service, these fires burned many parts of the city. After the fire, the French army, near the chaos, endured the harshness of the Russian winter and the surprise attacks of the local partisans, will try to return to their homes.

Napoleon hurried off in his chariot, with a packet of horses, and to the head of the army, but most of them would never see their homeland again.

General Kutuzov is sure that time is his most legitimate ally: he is postponing the pitched war, when in fact the French have been destroyed by their painful march home. They were almost destroyed when the Cossacks made their final attack in the Battle of Beresina.

War and Peace book Review :

The War and Peace, written by Leo Tolstoy, has gained a reputation as one of the most famous, yet terrifying, books in the modern library. Maintained and loved by many who have read it. "War and Peace" is a book that is still relevant to modern readers because it is a book about life.

It is a book that skillfully expresses the beauty of survival through the development of its related characters, moving scenes and realistic characters. And it is no less valuable in a chaotic modern world, when the novel was first written.

As Richard Peaver noted in his introduction to the translation of "War and Peace", the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev once criticized the novel because he claimed that the characters were "all moderates." It is true in one sense.

 Unlike other Russian novelists like Dostoevsky, the characters portrayed by Tolstoy are quite ordinary. There is a very clear tendency towards the unique characters of Russian literature who deny society and have doubts about the existence of insanity. The heroes of "War and Peace" seem to have broken this mold in this case.

This aspect of generality is actually one of the main strengths of the novel. Most of us have a tendency to be more general and stable than standard Russian literary characters, and for many it is much easier to relate to a character like Natasha Rostov or Pierre Bezukhov of War and Peace than from "Underground Man" to "Underground" by Dostoevsky. Through the naturalness of his characters, Tolstoy was able to express in more detail the extraordinary nature of everyday life.

In one such instance, Nikolai Rostov, one of the central characters in the novel, gambles in heavy debt and returns home devastated. When he thinks of suicide, he hears his sister Natasha singing. She had heard her sister sing countless times before, but this was the first time she had listened. While listening to Natasha's songs, Rostov is temporarily transformed.

He forgets his debt and his misery and can only think of the harmony of that musical instrument and how it touched him. Tolstoy writes, "Oh, how the third trembled, and touched the best of Rostov's soul. And that which was independent of anything in the world and superior to anything in the world." Through this scene, among many other events in the book, Tolstoy was able to convey that a simple event like listening to music is actually quite extraordinary.

Because the novel is so long, it gives Tolstoy space to develop incomparable characters. We, as readers, can witness the characters as they go through trials and struggles through life. Some characters later become insignificant from being readers' favorites, eventually becoming favorites again.

In a sense, reading through war and peace allows the reader to grow with the characters through constant observation. There are very few books in the world that have such profound transformative effects on the reader as war and peace. Readers will feel differently after finishing the novel. I certainly did.

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