War and Peace

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Book Summary

Perhaps literature’s greatest epic, War and Peace tells an astonishingly ambitious, profoundly personal, and vastly extensive story of Russia in the age of Napoleon. A work of historical fiction that is at times a romance and at times an adventure, Leo Tolstoy’s novel is, simply put, too big to fit into any literary genre. It features a cast of hundreds, yet paints intimate portraits of their intersecting lives as they move between prosperity and despair. The actions shifts back and forth between Moscow, the city of the people, and the decadent St. Petersburg; and shifts from royal ballrooms to brutal battlefields. Few writers have ever attempted to create a work so massive in scope and complex in themes, and none have succeeded quite the way Tolstoy has.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Book Reviews

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- Just. Wow.5 star

Wow. Historical fiction, philosophy, economics, religion. This book was so much more than I ever imagined it could be. You MUST read this book before you die.

- War and peace3 star

This book is actually boring and confusing I love how long it is but it is a confusing choice

- War and Peace5 star

The story is definitely one that you can read if your aiming to go to bed soon. If you’ve got a busy day ahead of you, read it at your free time. If you’ve got time however, that’s spectacular. I personally really enjoyed the book and for other readers who have read the book, I recommend Harry Potter. Although it is not as advanced, it is a very nice book series. For all my “i’ve already read harry potter” fans, read on!

- Amazing5 star


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- Highly recommended5 star

Even though I am in 6th grade , I loved it. My parents didn't think I would but it was amazing. Tolstoy's use of description is perfect.

- War and Peace4 star

I am now a person who can say he has read War and Peace. Tada.

- War and Peace5 star

One of the greatest pieces of literature ever written. A classic anti war book as well as a look at the Russian aristocracy of the early 19th century.

- Ok4 star

This book actually seems interesting. However, I don’t think my reading level is this high. I’ll probably try to read this again in two years or something...

- Kinda confusing2 star

I fell asleep like 10 pages in. If they made it more dramatic I would give it 1 star

- Very Interesting Book5 star

I am in 6th grade and tried looking for a long challenging book. This Book Is exactly what I was looking for! I finished this book in 4 days.

- This book is a classic and is a great tale of romance.5 star


- Leo Tolstoy longest book5 star

War and Peace was a romantic story. Eh bien we meet a girl who falls into a handsome man's spell. If you want to learn more read War and Peace!!!!

- Hmm...5 star

Very interesting but a GOOD book. 🙂 And a tiering book.😴😴

- LOVE IT4 star

Im also a fifth grader I'm in a smart class and feel like I'm getting dumber so this book came along😸

- Long book2 star

Uh I don't think u Gould attempt this

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Best novel ever

- Great5 star

Just finished after 3 weeks of reading great book

- War and Peace5 star

A complete classic! I love it and I can't wait till I get to the action scenes. I'm only on page 51 and I'm loving it!

- Oh my gosh5 star

If you take the first letter from each paragraph and put them all together from the end of the book to the front it makes a secret message!! Try it!

- War and Peace5 star

War and Peace is arguable the most important book written in modern era. Tolstoy's grasp of human need,interaction, character development and the beauty of his descriptive passages is unmatched. How one man can accurately describe the inner thoughts of so many diverse characters is almost incomprehensible. The beauty of his prose, the accuracy in which he describes each character's personal motivations and actions, and his flawless weaving of plot and theme is staggering. I hope that you read it. It is a legacy from a time of freedom of thought, and realization of the importance of thought, that is hard for today's reader to understand.

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Credo1479 - In my top 5 books alongside: Jane Eyre; David Copperfield; Don Quixote & The Assassin’s Trilogy5 star

War and peace is a monumental piece of literature. It has elements of history, philosophy and romance all woven together into an astonishing narrative that gives voice to every perspective of life. It puts forward very honest appraisals of society and examines the differing motivations and instincts at the heart of human nature, both base and spiritual. The complexity of its observations about various subjects and emotions never loses impetus, and yet the style of prose is nevertheless very lucid. I can always sense a beating pulse whenever I read its passages: the blood and soul of life along with its vicissitudes of elation, ecstasy and travail. This is a book whose boundaries are only as confined as the imagination you dare to wield when reading it; no other book has left such an indelible print on the mind as this has to mine. It seems the narrator always invites you to look beyond the curtains of assumed reality, to look deeper and to entertain a more encompassing viewpoint of the world that appreciates the totality of the world’s design, and yet it does so in a humble way, without any artifice or sophistry. ‘Look into yourself’ the voice of the book tacitly implies, learn to draw your own conclusions about the principles of life that are important to you, and be ever ready to give a proper account of what your life means to you. The events and characters that feature in this grand stage are so varied, intentionally so by the author, for he uses contrast all the time as a literary device. By comparing different events and people, the tone of the story takes on the character of a slideshow; the chapters are relatively short and no one scene is every fully captured before moving to another. Although it might feel disjointed at first, you then become aware that things are happening simultaneously and you get a sense that life tends to meander, twist and turn, or follows unexpected detours, and yet tends to return back on itself to where it began, only to repeat again. The best trait of the book is how it secretly self deprecates itself: it might seem that it teaches spiritual endeavours trump all temporal worldly gains, or wisdom over folly, but in fact these impressions are sometimes overshadowed by more nihilistic undertones in which the senselessness of war and the duplicity of human beings is evident. I felt both appalled and exasperated at some of the characters, uplifted by the spiritual discourses, and challenged by what the narrator mentions with how control in war is oftentimes an illusion, and the course of historical events have a multiplicity of contingencies that make it impossible to understand from any one person or viewpoint. The harder we try to look for meaning or ascribe purpose to ourselves, the more ephemeral the ground feels underneath us, which is ready to sink and shift at any moment, undermining our edifice of knowledge or pride. My favourite characters are Pierre and Andrew, and I’ll have to admit that this review is biased in favour of them because they characterise a majority of the themes I’ve expressed in this synopsis - you’ll have to read it yourself to decide whether you agree with me or not, and why wouldn’t you want to read a book as accomplished as this?

Supermangalover2019 - War and peace2 star

Not many people will read novels like this (apart from Charlie Brown). I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are very picky on what they read. I personally am one of those persons. Only for the ones who can stand long and boring novels about a different country during world war periods. To those who are currently reading this: GOOD LUCK👍🏻

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Great book with lots of emotive language

County Hurler bai - Class5 star

What a great book. It’s sad to think that today thanks to technology and video games our vocabulary is so bad. If you compare this book to say, one of the Harry Potters (no criticism to Harry Potter or JK Rowling) you can see the difference in vocabulary and use to of bigger words and adjectives and adverbs and connectives. It’s amazing but disappointing but also shows that back them people like Leo Tolstoy were human as well just like us so it gives some hope that if we get away from screens and work hard the next generation of authors could write books just like this.

2017 apps - Brilliant but hard5 star

It is an amazing book which combines tragedy and happiness. The language is hard to understand but on the other hand it will help you learn more vocabulary. MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

Thestudyer2019 - Great book!5 star

I can’t believe I’ve done this !! An excellent piece of classic literature, a staple in every avid readers collection

Anskey - War and Peace5 star

Okay, take your time, relax and enjoy being drawn into this wonderful Russian world. It is Tolstoy's view of life, covering his philosophy of war, family life, his guilt trips as he revisits through his characters his behaviour as a young man. By the time you come to the end you may well feel bereft and sorry to have lost that world.

Good with puddles - It's about Russia5 star

I speed read this in one hour. It's about Russia. With thanks to Woody Allan

Your-nan - Leo Tolstoy5 star

Very good book for people who enjoy to read.

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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; [lʲef nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1910, and that he never won is a major controversy.Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles ..
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