In early nineteenth-century Russia, the threat of Napoleon’s invasion looms, and the lives of millions are about to be changed forever. This includes Pierre Bezúkhov, illegitimate son of an aristocrat; Andrew Bolkónski, ambitious military scion; and Natásha Rostóva, compassionate daughter of a nobleman. All of them are unprepared for what lies ahead. Alongside their fellow compatriots - a catalog of enduring literary characters - Pierre, Andrew, and Natásha will be irrevocably torn between fate and free will.
Through the bonds of love and family, and all that can break them, Tolstoy examines the effects of war on every strata of society in his masterwork of intimate - and epic - social history.
Revised edition: Previously published as War and Peace, this edition of War and Peace (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Obviously a classic
Tolstoy really made a masterpiece with this one, and although it is classified as a novel it is informed by his own true experience. The only downfall to this work resides in the fact that we listeners are receiving the translation of his original work, and as a result there are expressions and statements which would make sense to a Russian of the timeframe but not to an American of 2020. One issue I had which is due entirely to the fact I completed the work in an audiobook, whereas a hard copy would have made it easy to understand the names of the many many characters and it would have aided in recalling names throughout the work. Ultimately, however, it is very clear how this work would be a classic. Tolstoy was certainly a learned and well-thought man.