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The Project Gutenberg EBook of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Adobe PDF icon. Download this document as a. pdf: File size: MB What's this? light bulb idea Many people prefer to read. Leo Tolstoy: A study of War and Peace By Philip Etyang Abstract The paper focuses its attention to the classic novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. The paper.

His thoughts and actions are not magical or idealistic but real and reflective of a Prince in Russia at that time. We get to know what he goes through as he struggles to fit in to the lives of St. His illegitimacy, character and behavior are completely injurious on his quest to be accepted by the closely knit St.

Petersburg society. The head of the home, Count Krill Vladimirovich, has fathered several illegitimate children. They are closely knit, and live for the moment no matter their financial situation. The book starts in July of and ends with the French Invasion of Moscow in Tolstoy read a lot of journals, autobiographies and biographical materials relating to Napoleon and the other historical characters in War and Peace, which makes the novel ethnographic in nature.

War and Peace was published in and an English translation in The setting of the book is Russia. Action keeps shifting from St. Petersburg to Moscow and vice versa. The temporal setting is in the 19th century.

The social economic setting of the book is in a wealthy society of the Russian nobility represented by five families who own vast estates in Moscow and St.

Language The novel was first written in Russian including the entire narration. However, portions of the book especially dialogues between the characters was in French.

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The characters however keep on switching between French and English. French was considered a language of prestige in the 19th century Russian aristocracy. French, a foreign tongue, was perceived to be the language of the refined.

The trend spread all over Europe and Russia was no exception to the relegation of their own mother tongue of Russian, for the sake of French. Julia Karagina, an heiress who marries Boris Drubetskoy in War and Peace has to take Russian lessons in order to master her native language.

He asks himself repeatedly why he used those French words that were deceitful. The Rostovs in Moscow together with Pierre socialize throughout the book in French and they end up being attacked by French legions. Pierre is imprisoned for attempting to assassinate Napoleon. The Rostovs family estate is razed down to nothing and they flee Moscow. The use of French in the novel diminishes as it progresses.

The characters who engage in French conversation in book two, three and four, have difficulties expressing themselves in French. Critics have suggested that this was a deliberate literary device by Tolstoy to show the progressive end of Russian ties to France before the French invasion to Russia in Synopsis of the novel The novel begins in July under the heading , at a Soiree hosted by Anna Pavlovna Schere.

But how do you do? I see I have frightened you—sit down and tell me all the news.

Several members of the aristocracy are in attendance. Petersburg society and his marriage from his dialogue at the Soiree.

He finds St. He infroms the host, Anna Pavlovna that he is joining the army as an aide- de- camp to General Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutozov, the Commander in Chief, during the upcoming war against Napoleaon.

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They both discover that an individual is largely effective in a situation of mass action. Prince Andrew rejects being part of the administering forces, choosing, instead, to fight at the front. Andrey attends the war council on the eve of Austerlitz and wishes to be a hero.

He is wounded during the battle. Compared to the limitless sky, which symbolizes death, Napoleon seems to Andrey petty and insignificant.

Pierre wounds Dolohov in a duel over Ellen's alleged infidelity. Liza Bolkonsky dies giving birth to a son, leaving Andrey with a deep sense of assuage able guilt. Dolohov falls in love with Sonya and avenges her rejection of him by fleecing Nikolay during a card game. He and the retired Andrey have a discussion about the meaning of life and death and Andrey is inspired with new hope. The significance of their exchange points out the contrast between Pierre and Andrey.

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Meanwhile Nikolay has rejoined his starving regiment and Denisov faces court-martial for stealing food for his men. Ha, ha — The Man Without Qualities is a challenge, and it took me 17 years to get to the end of Joseph and his Brothers. Many people find the first pages dauntingly full of characters, and only then does it seem to smooth out and become lucid. Tolstoy has immense care for his readers, and most of his challenges are challenges of sympathy, not of intricate understanding.

I once read War and Peace on the beach — the elegant clarity of style and the concision of each chapter made it perfect. You could read for five minutes with interest, or for three absorbed hours. Read more 9 You are going to disagree with Tolstoy. No question. Not only that, you will almost certainly start to think that his own book disagrees with him.

Can the Second Epilogue, with its vision of historical determinism, not really be said to be comprehensively disproved by the freedom of action that the characters grope their way towards? This is a book that will argue with you. Napoleon 's retreat from Moscow.

Painting by Adolf Northern — Pierre becomes friends with a fellow prisoner, Platon Karataev, a Russian peasant with a saintly demeanor.

In Karataev, Pierre finally finds what he has been seeking: an honest person of integrity, who is utterly without pretense. Pierre discovers meaning in life simply by interacting with him.

After witnessing French soldiers sacking Moscow and shooting Russian civilians arbitrarily, Pierre is forced to march with the Grand Army during its disastrous retreat from Moscow in the harsh Russian winter.

After months of trial and tribulation—during which the fever-plagued Karataev is shot by the French—Pierre is finally freed by a Russian raiding party led by Dolokhov and Denisov, after a small skirmish with the French that sees the young Petya Rostov killed in action. Meanwhile, Andrei has been taken in and cared for by the Rostovs, fleeing from Moscow to Yaroslavl.

He is reunited with Natasha and his sister Maria before the end of the war. Having lost all will to live, he forgives Natasha in a last act before dying. Pierre is reunited with Natasha, while the victorious Russians rebuild Moscow. Natasha speaks of Prince Andrei's death and Pierre of Karataev's.

Both are aware of a growing bond between them in their bereavement. With the help of Princess Maria, Pierre finds love at last and marries Natasha. Epilogue in two parts[ edit ] First part[ edit ] The first part of the epilogue begins with the wedding of Pierre and Natasha in Count Rostov dies soon after, leaving his eldest son Nikolai to take charge of the debt-ridden estate.

Nikolai finds himself with the task of maintaining the family on the verge of bankruptcy. His abhorrence at the idea of marrying for wealth almost gets in his way, but finally he marries the now-rich Maria Bolkonskaya and in so doing saves his family from financial ruin though manages to do so without selling any of his wife's property.

Nikolai and Maria then move to Bald Hills with his mother and Sonya, whom he supports for the rest of their lives. As in all good marriages, there are misunderstandings, but the couples—Pierre and Natasha, Nikolai and Maria—remain devoted to their spouses. Pierre and Natasha visit Bald Hills in There is a hint in the closing chapters that the idealistic, boyish Nikolenka and Pierre would both become part of the Decembrist Uprising.

The first epilogue concludes with Nikolenka promising he would do something with which even his late father "would be satisfied" presumably as a revolutionary in the Decembrist revolt. Second part[ edit ] The second part of the epilogue contains Tolstoy's critique of all existing forms of mainstream history.

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The 19th-century Great Man Theory claims that historical events are the result of the actions of "heroes" and other great individuals; Tolstoy argues that this is impossible because of how rarely these actions result in great historical events. Rather, he argues, great historical events are the result of many smaller events driven by the thousands of individuals involved he compares this to calculus, and the sum of infinitesimals.

He then goes on to argue that these smaller events are the result of an inverse relationship between necessity and free-will, necessity being based on reason and therefore explainable by historical analysis, and free-will being based on "consciousness" and therefore inherently unpredictable.

Reception[ edit ] Leonid Pasternak 's illustration to War and Peace The novel that made its author "the true lion of the Russian literature " according to Ivan Goncharov [18] [19] enjoyed great success with the reading public upon its publication and spawned dozens of reviews and analytical essays, some of which by Dmitry Pisarev , Pavel Annenkov , Dragomirov and Strakhov formed the basis for the research of later Tolstoy scholars. The liberal newspaper Golos The Voice, April 3, 93, was one of the first to react.

Its anonymous reviewer posed a question later repeated by many others: "What could this possibly be? What kind of genre are we supposed to file it to?..

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Where is fiction in it, and where is real history? Annenkov, who praised the novel too, was equally vague when trying to classify it. In general, the literary left received the novel coldly. They saw it as devoid of social critique, and keen on the idea of national unity. They saw its major fault as the "author's inability to portray a new kind of revolutionary intelligentsia in his novel", as critic Varfolomey Zaytsev put it.

Shelgunov in Delo magazine characterized the novel as "lacking realism", showing its characters as "cruel and rough", "mentally stoned", "morally depraved" and promoting "the philosophy of stagnation". Still, Mikhail Saltykov-Schedrin , who never expressed his opinion of the novel publicly, in private conversation was reported to have expressed delight with "how strongly this Count has stung our higher society".

On the opposite front, the conservative press and "patriotic" authors A. Norov and P. Vyazemsky among them were accusing Tolstoy of consciously distorting history, desecrating the "patriotic feelings of our fathers" and ridiculing dvoryanstvo.

The critic praised Tolstoy's masterful portrayal of man at war, marveled at the complexity of the whole composition, organically merging historical facts and fiction.

In the end the critic called the novel "the whole epoch in the Russian fiction". Strakhov was the first critic in Russia who declared Tolstoy's novel to be a masterpiece of level previously unknown in Russian literature.

Still, being a true Slavophile , he could not fail to see the novel as promoting the major Slavophiliac ideas of "meek Russian character's supremacy over the rapacious European kind" using Apollon Grigoriev 's formula. Years later, in , discussing Strakhov's own book The World as a Whole, Tolstoy criticized both Grigoriev's concept of "Russian meekness vs.

Western bestiality" and Strakhov's interpretation of it. Bujnitsky Among the reviewers were military men and authors specializing in the war literature.

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Most assessed highly the artfulness and realism of Tolstoy's battle scenes. The army general and respected military writer Mikhail Dragomirov , in an article published in Oruzheiny Sbornik The Military Almanac, —70 , while disputing some of Tolstoy's ideas concerning the "spontaneity" of wars and the role of commander in battles, advised all the Russian Army officers to use War and Peace as their desk book, describing its battle scenes as "incomparable" and "serving for an ideal manual to every textbook on theories of military art.

Goncharov, Turgenev, Leskov, Dostoyevsky and Fet have all gone on record as declaring War and Peace the masterpiece of the Russian literature. Ivan Goncharov in a July 17, letter to Pyotr Ganzen advised him to choose for translating into Danish War and Peace, adding: "This is positively what might be called a Russian Iliad.

Embracing the whole epoch, it is the grandiose literary event, showcasing the gallery of great men painted by a lively brush of the great master This is one of the most, if not the most profound literary work ever".

It also serves as a monument to Russian history's glorious epoch when whatever figure you take is a colossus, a statue in bronze.

Even [the novel's] minor characters carry all the characteristic features of the Russian people and its life. In a draft version of The Raw Youth he described Tolstoy as "a historiograph of the dvoryanstvo , or rather, its cultural elite".

Marveling at the realism and factual truthfulness of Tolstoy's book, Leskov thought the author deserved the special credit for "having lifted up the people's spirit upon the high pedestal it deserved". In this respect the novel of Count Tolstoy could be seen as an epic of the Great national war which up until now has had its historians but never had its singers", Leskov wrote. The manner in which Count Tolstoy conducts his treatise is innovative and original.

The first French edition of the War and Peace paved the way for the worldwide success of Leo Tolstoy and his works. Gustave Flaubert expressed his delight in a January letter to Turgenev, writing: "This is the first class work! What an artist and what a psychologist! The first two volumes are exquisite.And what have they promised? In the midst of a conversation on political matters Anna Pavlovna burst out: It is therefore of paramount importance to note that the book War and Peace has its origins in the history of Russia.

New Jersey: A surprise attack led by Denisov and Dolohov frees Pierre and other prisoners. Proust is twice the length.

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