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War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

This epic historical novel, set in 19th-century Russia, follows the lives of three young people - Pierre, Andrey, and Natasha - as they navigate love and loss against the backdrop of Napoleon's invasion. From aristocrats to peasants, soldiers to Napoleon himself, War and Peace weaves together a vivid tapestry of human life. Tolstoy expertly tackles themes of conflict, free will, and faith, crafting a magnificent tale of imperfection and grandeur. This beautiful, clothbound Penguin Classics edition features a superb translation by Anthony Briggs and an afterword by Orlando Figes, providing readers with a truly unforgettable reading experience.
Publish Date
first published in 1867
Goodreads Rating
One book that I returned to many times was Tolstoy’s great work, War and Peace.      source
No list of life-altering books would be complete without Tolstoy's War and Peace. Tolstoy is one of those writers who controls the entire experience of the reader: he commands what you see, what you think, how you feel - there is no ambiguity. Because of this, the experience of reading War and Peace is unforgettable: Tolstoy has dictated your experience so well that you emerge having lived half a dozen other lives. There has never been and perhaps will never be any other book like it.      source