Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: “To read him . . . is to find one’ s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane.”
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Probably the greatest novel of all time. Must be read by all true Historians.
top 10 works of all time
after taking a month to read this book i understand why people say this is one of the best works ever written. Count Lev spent 5 years writing this masterpiece expressing what he was going through and invited the world to come and enjoy. the writing in this goes from drama, romance, violence, philosophy, religion, and pretty much every topic you can imagine without going off track on what’s happening in the setting. that right there is why i love this book and will make it a must read on my list.