Tolstoy's epic story of a nation plagued by the ravages of war is a dazzling achievement, both a social and historical portrayal of the early 1800s and of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and a deeply personal novel. Centering around the joys and misfortunes of the Rostov family, Tolstoy conjures up a myriad of colorful and widely contrasting characters whose emotions and ideals illuminate this remarkable period. The magnificent battle scenes add depth and scope to one of the greatest works of literature.
Hardcover, 1446 pages
Published on September 1, 1972 by HarperCollins Distribution Services
ISBN-10: 0004226674
ISBN-13: 9780004226675
4 Book Reviews
  • pikaman557
    pikaman557Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:28 am22 stars
    First things first this book is soo frickin long that it took me like 2 months to read! Second the peace part is BORING. this is for people with no life BEWARE
    • nerdynerdynerd
      nerdynerdynerdSaturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm11 starFeatured
      Okay. Let me get this straight. Most people won't believe me, but I have read this whole book, all 1000+ pages. It is so dry. If you dunked it in a bathtub filled with water, it would still be dry. If you dumped it in the Pacific Ocean, it would STILL be dry! It took two months to read (a normal 500 page would take me an estimated three weeks) and the epilogue had like, two parts! It's an achievement to finish reading the whole book, and definitely another to enjoy it (which I did not). If you really feel like reading this, go for it, but personally, I would not recommend it. I could rant on and on about War and Peace and its dryness, but I don't want to have you all staring at your devices for six hours or more just because you are reading this review, so, I'll put it into a "short" summary: It takes place in Russia in the 1800s and Russia is fighting in a war. The women get SUPER emotional about how their husbands are going away to war. A lot of people die. It's not super graphic, but it's not just "He was fighting. He died" either. I really disliked this book. Mic drop.
      • suchomimus
        suchomimusThursday, January 25, 2018 at 3:28 am
        I believe you and agree with you.
      • cblocksurprise
        cblocksurpriseFriday, November 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm33 stars
        Ok sooooooooo I am the first person to review this book (YAY) so lets get to the point. I read only 50 pages because I got kind of tired of it because it was only talking on those pages. I would rate it 3 stars.