What war is war and peace about?
War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to
Is War and Peace a hard read?
War and Peace is not so much difficult as it is long. Dig in, though, and you'll quickly see why Tolstoy's exuberant opus—set in the years just before, during, and after Napoléon's invasion of Russia—is arguably the greatest novel of all time.
Is War and Peace a true story?
This is not a historical novel, but a novel that discusses events of the recent past within the memory of many of Tolstoy's first readers. Its details are not exquisite recreations of lost practice, but ways in which an individual psychology can engage with the real world.
Is war and peace the best novel ever written?
Widely acknowledged as the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is also a perennial bestseller, with new editions appearing regularly, almost a century and a half after its first publication.
What is the moral of war and peace?
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869) provides a broad panorama of Russian society against the backdrop of the 1812 Napoleonic army's invasion. The key themes in the novel are spirituality in the main characters and family happiness as the ultimate reward for spiritual suffering.
What is the longest book ever written?
A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust contains an estimated 9,609,000 characters (each letter counts as one character. Spaces are also counted, as one character each). The title translates to "Remembrance of Things Past".
Can you read 400 pages in a day?
If you read only 30 page an hour, you could read a 400 page book in about 13 hours. If you read any faster than 30 pages an hour you can save a lot of time. When a book works on both levels, churning through it in a day is very possible.
What is the first line of war and peace?
The actual opening lines of "War and Peace": "Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.
Is war and peace the longest novel?
War and Peace has 587,287 words, making it more than ten times longer than your NaNoWriMo novel. Tolstoy completed his first draft in 1863, but he later spent three years rewriting most of it.
Does war and peace have a happy ending?
Since the publication of its final chapters in 1869, Tolstoy's War and Peace has presented the reader with the dual challenge of an eye-straining 1,500 pages and an unerringly gloomy conclusion. That, however, is about to change with the emergence of a slimmed down version of the literary classic with a happier ending.
Is it worth it to read War and Peace?
War and Peace follows the fortunes of several main characters, and shows how they respond to many of the situations everyone encounters in life. (With the exception of a wartime environment—certainly there are many who have not had that privilege.) It's a long book, but very worth while.
Should I read War and Peace or Anna Karenina first?
Both books must be read. Life is ordinary without them. But it is my experience that readers are more likely to read War and Peace if they have first read Anna Karenina, so I always recommend reading Anna Karenina first. Every new reader of Anna Karenina is a possible reader of War and Peace.
How long will it take me to read War and Peace?
The average reader will spend 38 hours and 46 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).
Which version of War and Peace should I read?
Anthony Briggs translation. For me, the best translation of War and Peace will always be the Anthony Briggs translation. This is Penguin's chosen translation, which they switched to from Rosemary Edmonds's translation.
What do I need to know before reading War and Peace?
Reading War & Peace: Some tips!
- Know your characters. According to the introduction to my copy, there are references to more than 600 characters within the pages of War and Peace.
- Get to grips with the names.
- Do a bit of background reading.
- Don't be afraid to take shortcuts if you need to.
- Share the experience.
Who are the three main families in Tolstoy's War and Peace?
War and Peace begins in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in 1805, as fear of Napoleon's ongoing war making begins to set in. Most of the characters are introduced at a party, including Pierre Bezukhov, Andrey Bolkonsky, and the Kuragin and Rostov families.