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War and Peace
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War and Peace

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once a historical war epic, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Noted for its mastery of realistic detail and psychological analysis, it follows the metamorphosis of five aristocratic families against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Individual stories interweave as each of Tolstoy's memorable characters seek fulfillment, fall in love, make mistakes, and become scarred by war in different ways. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process.

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once a historical war epic, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Noted for its mastery of realistic detail and psychological analysis, it follows the metamorphosis of five aristocratic families against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Individual stories interweave as each of Tolstoy's memorable characters seek fulfillment, fall in love, make mistakes, and become scarred by war in different ways. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process.

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  • Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis; he sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

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  • AudioFile Magazine The melancholy Prince Andrey, the awkward and intellectual Pierre, and the spirited Natasha undergo various transformations in Russia during and after the 1812 Napoleonic invasion in this version of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece.. The performances are uniformly dignified, accomplished, and mellifluous. And very British. However, while the events and characters are faithful to the celebrated novel, they are gracelessly adapted, greatly compressed, and bloodlessly produced. Gone is any Russian character, most of Tolstoy's intellectual content, the majority of the 500 characters, and the sweep of events. Only Emily Mortimer as Natasha makes a solid impression by virtue of her sparkle and charm. It's as if the monumental events of 1805-1820 all took place in drawing rooms and ballrooms. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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