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In Russia's struggle with Napoleon Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind Greater than a historical chronicle War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself `a comple When I was growing up the conventional wisdom was that War and Peace was the sine ua non of difficult books the scope the length OMG the length Conuering this Everest was The Test of whether you were a ManReader I have now read it Thump chest and make Tarzan yell Actually you know chump big deal The mountain really wasn't so large after all There are love affairs there is a war peace eventually returns to the Shire Russia Sorry got confused there for a minute with Lord of the Rings another 1000 page work where there are love affairs war and an eventual peace That's hardly a spoiler by the way Not unless you've been hiding under a rock and don't know that Napoleon didn't succeed in conuering Russia Which is my point With every half penny fantasy potboiler these days weighing in at several hundred kilogrammes of war and peace coughWheel of Timecough how can we still look at a book this size and feel fear? 1000 pages? Only? Pshaw That's nuthin Spit out t'baccy chaw And yet the notion still lives on about how HARD War and Peace is So if anyone out there still buys into that is intimidated and deterred by that notion well really don't be unless of course the last thing you read was Green Eggs and Ham The thing is to my surprise I found it a rollicking good read There are star crossed lovers suicide attempts heart rending death bed scenes and battles aplenty where our heroes get knocked on the head and taken prisoner Instead of Middle Earth you get a fantasy land of wholesome loving Peasant Russia and you learn how True Self comes from Loving the Russian Soil Okay there's also the rather irritating and interminable philosophizing by Tolstoy about History and Its Causes but you got through the interminable side songs in Lord of Rings didn't you? In case any of you are thinking that I'm mocking War and Peace by this comparison please note that it's not intended to be wholly facetious I loved Lord of the Rings If anything I'm mocking the awe with which we approach Great Works So yeah if you ever thought of reading War and Peace but were put off by its reputation don't be It's actually uite fun Richard Pryor peace eventually returns to the Shire Russia Sorry got confused there for a minute with Lord of the Rings another 1000 Dreams of Awakening page work where there are love affairs war and an eventual The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, peace That's hardly a spoiler by the way Not unless you've been hiding under a rock and don't know that Napoleon didn't succeed in conuering Russia Which is my Rethinking Expertise point With every half Harm penny fantasy Magic Toyshop potboiler these days weighing in at several hundred kilogrammes of war and Dapper and Deadly peace coughWheel of Timecough how can we still look at a book this size and feel fear? 1000 Reunited with Her Italian Billionaire pages? Only? Pshaw That's nuthin Spit out t'baccy chaw And yet the notion still lives on about how HARD War and Peace is So if anyone out there still buys into that is intimidated and deterred by that notion well really don't be unless of course the last thing you read was Green Eggs and Ham The thing is to my surprise I found it a rollicking good read There are star crossed lovers suicide attempts heart rending death bed scenes and battles aplenty where our heroes get knocked on the head and taken When Montezuma Met Cortés prisoner Instead of Middle Earth you get a fantasy land of wholesome loving Peasant Russia and you learn how True Self comes from Loving the Russian Soil Okay there's also the rather irritating and interminable Joshua philosophizing by Tolstoy about History and Its Causes but you got through the interminable side songs in Lord of Rings didn't you? In case any of you are thinking that I'm mocking War and Peace by this comparison Creative Quest please note that it's not intended to be wholly facetious I loved Lord of the Rings If anything I'm mocking the awe with which we approach Great Works So yeah if you ever thought of reading War and Peace but were Survive! put off by its reputation don't be It's actually uite fun

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To this translation published here in a new single volume edition which includes an introduction by Henry Gifford and Tolstoy's important essay `Some Words about War and Peac In this frightening isolated time let me direct you to War and Peace People resist this book they do it because it's something of a punch line as a monolithic difficult novel But this is one of the frothiest soap operas of a novel that I know of with far narrative propulsion than the excellent but sometimes slow ANNA KARENINA Two nations at war great world leaders and generals yes but also trench life and even so relevantly now the way war alters lives at home The thrills of this novel should not be spoiled but the memories are indelible a dramatic entrance in an opera house a medical seuence as harrowing as it is moving Pierre in Moscow aflame Tolstoy's creations in the book are near perfect Natasha Andrei and Pierre that most lovable of teddy bears and dozens of spectacular supporting characters intertwining in complex ways It is not a difficult book just a long one And it as spell binding and transporting reading experience that I know of Tolstoy is the ur novelist for a reason It's probably already on your shelf It's been there for years since college maybeStart it this evening Trust me A Cowboy for Katie published here in a new single volume edition which includes an introduction by Henry Gifford and Tolstoy's important essay `Some Words about War and Peac In this frightening isolated time let me direct you to War and Peace People resist this book they do it because it's something of a Bluegrass Christmas (Kentucky Corners, punch line as a monolithic difficult novel But this is one of the frothiest soap operas of a novel that I know of with far narrative The Unmarried Bride propulsion than the excellent but sometimes slow ANNA KARENINA Two nations at war great world leaders and generals yes but also trench life and even so relevantly now the way war alters lives at home The thrills of this novel should not be spoiled but the memories are indelible a dramatic entrance in an opera house a medical seuence as harrowing as it is moving Pierre in Moscow aflame Tolstoy's creations in the book are near Juste retour des choses perfect Natasha Andrei and Pierre that most lovable of teddy bears and dozens of spectacular supporting characters intertwining in complex ways It is not a difficult book just a long one And it as spell binding and transporting reading experience that I know of Tolstoy is the ur novelist for a reason It's Renegade - Graphic Novel (The Lost Books, probably already on your shelf It's been there for years since college maybeStart it this evening Trust me

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Te picture' as a contemporary reviewer put it `of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness their grief and humiliation' Tolstoy gave his personal approval Whatever else I am I am the type of person who reads classic novels out of a sense of obligation Also I must admit out of a sense of vanity My ego after all is as fragile as a goldfish and reuires the constant attention of a newborn baby Every once in awhile it needs a little boost and the intellectual challenge of Dostoevsky or Dickens can really work wonders Now I’ve been told that forcing myself to read books I don’t necessarily like is a fruitless waste of time and that the reviews borne of these endeavors are a fruitless waste of others’ time That kind of criticism doesn’t go far with me By my rough estimate just about 99% of the things I do can be similarly classified as a waste of time unless my endless games of Spider Solitaire like “the button” on LOST is actually saving the world In which case I am a hero Moreover great literature can be a worthwhile challenge to surmount Compare them to mountains Obviously we don’t need people to climb mountains; it serves no functional purpose Yet on a personal level climbing a mountain even if it’s just a Class 3 walk up is immensely satisfying mentally and physically On some level it’s the same with finishing a tough book Mentally that is There is very little physical component unless you defenestrate the book upon completion War and Peace is a challenge I set for myself It was a challenge a long time coming The reason of course is that War and Peace is the go to book when looking for an example of great literature or for a contender for “greatest novel ever written” If it is not exactly Everest or K2 those are Joycean heights it is at least comparable to Annapurna or Mount McKinley In the end it is a book I wrestled with constantly Unlike Doris from Goodbye Columbus I never considered uitting only to start back up again the following year However there were times my frustrations almost led me to tear huge swaths of pages from the binding as a primitive editing job Like so many of the things you are told as a child are magical – the circus love magic – War and Peace did not entirely live up to its reputation If you were to ask me would you rather retreat from Moscow in the dead of winter than read this book I would say Of course not I don’t like walking I don’t like being hungry and I’d probably die” But if I had to choose between say tarring the driveway or mowing the lawn and reading this book Again I’d choose the book Nothing beats reading Besides I’m lazy Where to start? With a second rhetorical uestion What's War and Peace about? It's a good uestion and nobody really knows Though many will attempt to explain There have been longer books – both you and I have read them – but this is 1200 pages that feels like 1345678908 pages Nominally it's about Russia's wars with Napoleonic France from 1804 to 1813 If that seems like a big subject don’t worry Tolstoy has given himself plenty of space with which to work It follows dozens of characters in and out of the decades as they live and die love and hate and generally stun the modern reader with their obtuseness The first sixty pages of the novel are a set piece in the Petersburg salon of Anna Pavlovna You don't have to remember that though because Anna Pavlovna will only stick around these first sixty pages then disappear for almost the entire rest of the book We are also introduced to Pierre who is literally a fat bastard; Prince Andrei who is a prick; his wife Lisa the little princess who as Tolstoy keeps telling us has a beautiful mustache Tolstoy's obsession with beautiful female mustaches is pathological and not a little frightening; Prince Vassily who also disappears after a suabble over a will; and various other Russian aristocrats Readers note you should probably be writing things down as you read Other introductions come later including Andrei's father who is also a prick apple meet the tree; Andrei's insufferably good and pure and decent and homely sister Princess Marya who's goodness is as cloying and infuriating as that of Esther is Bleak House; Natasha Rostov who is sort of a tramp much like Anna Karenina except that she is redeemed through suffering unlike Anna who is redeemed through mass transit; Nikolai Rostov a young prince who goes to war; Sonya the simple poor girl Nikolai loves etc I could go on but it wouldn't make sense if you haven't read the book It barely makes sense after you've finished Unless of course you’ve kept good notes Anyway Pierre the bastard is left his father's estate and so becomes a rich count He marries Helene who is another of Tolstoy's harlots though she gets her comeuppance Anna Karenina style There are two types of women in Tolstoy’s world the impossibly pure hearted and the whorish Subtlety is not a Russian trait Prince Andrei goes to war Nikolai goes to war They fight Everyone else talks An enjoyably characterized Napoleon flits briefly across this crowded stage tugging on people's ears The Rostov's have financial difficulties Nikolai can't decide who to marry Pierre has several dozen crises of conscience At one point he becomes a Mason; at another he tries to assassinate Napoleon At all times he is thinking always thinking; there are approximately 500 pages devoted to Pierre's existential duress How I wished for Pierre to throw himself beneath a train There is an old saying that “if the world could writeit would write like Tolstoy That’s one way of viewing War and Peace It has a canvas as big as Russia and within its pages are dizzying high and nauseating lows and bland lukewarm middles The bottom line before I go on Tolstoy style is that I was disappointed My main criticism is the unfortunate mishmash of fictional narrative with historical essay You're reading the book right? Or maybe listening to it on a long commute And you're finally getting a hang of who each character is because you’ve taken my advice and sketched out a character list which is difficult when each person is called multiple things and some have nicknames and others have similiar looking patronymics But that's okay you've moved past that Suddenly you're coasting along The story is moving forward Napoleon has crossed the Danube There is drama Finally people are going to stop with the internal monologues and start shooting each other I might actually like this And then with an almost audible screech like the brakes a train Tolstoy brings the whole thing to a shuddering halt with a pedantic digression on the topic of History with a capital H and free will and military tactics and Napoleon's intelligence These digressions do several things First and most importantly they seriously disrupt the narrative All rhythm and timing is thrown off which is exactly what happened to all my school concerts when I used to play the snare drum I knew enough to uit the snare drum to focus on the recorder Tolstoy though plunges on obliviously casting all notions of structure aside You lose sight of the characters for hundreds of pages Instead of wondering what happens next you start to wonder things like where am I? and how long have I been sleeping? It tells you something when you actually start to miss Pierre's endless internal psychobabbling Second the essays are Tolstoy at his stupidest at least in my opinion; this is a philosophical gripe He believes that people have no control; that History is a force all its own and that we act according to History's push and pull Tolstoy says in effect that Napoleon is stupid but that his enemies were stupider but that doesn't matter because they were all doing what they had to do because History made them This is all verymuch a waste of time Tolstoy goes to far as to attempt to prove this argument algebraically Yeah that's just what I wanted Math Tolstoy's argument breaks down like this 1 Someone does something 2 Someone else reacts in a way that makes no sense 3 Therefore History is controlling things The fundamental flaw of course is that Tolstoy's argument really boils down to nothing than hindsight Sitting in his armchair decades after the fact having never been on those battlefields Tolstoy decides that the players on the scene acted dumbly and he attributes that to cosmic events A battle isn't lost because of bad roads or obscured vision or a shortage of ammunition which are realities in all warfare but even prevalent in the 19th century No in Tolstoy's mind it’s the Universe unfolding according to its whim Tolstoy also has a real axe to grind with Napoleon and he doesn’t hesitate to inflate his word count letting you know about it I suppose Tolstoy can be forgiven for hating Napoleon but still the book is 1200 pages long Enough His analysis of the Corsican corporal is reductive and unenlightening Napoleon was a lot of things short funny looking brilliant cruel petty brilliant ambitious oddly shaped but stupid was not among them Yet there were moments when I loved this novel Every once in awhile War and Peace comes alive in that classic way; after plodding through a turgid essay you’ll suddenly come upon a passage that's drawn so vividly you will remember it forever There is the battle of Austerlitz which is impeccably researched so much so that a narrative history I read on the subject actually cites to Tolstoy and thrillingly told especially the fight of Captain Tushin's battery There is Prince Andrei wounded on the field of Austerlitz staring up at the infinite sky realizing that he's never really looked at it before There is Pierre realizing he is in love with Natasha as he gazes at the stars and glimpses the comet of 1812 There is Napoleon suffering a cold on the eve of Borodino There is Andrei watching a cannon ball land at his feet its fuse hissing There is Petya the young adjutant who rides to his doom chasing the French during their retreat Every once in awhile there will also be something clever showing you that Tolstoy isn't just wordy but also inventive For instance there's a scene in which Tolstoy describes the thoughts of an old oak tree Indeed Among the hundreds of characters there's even a tree I was also fond of a passage in which General Kutuzov the Russian commander holds a meeting in a peasant's house to discuss abandoning Moscow Tolstoy tells this story from the point of view of a little peasant girl who in her mind calls Kutuzov grandfather It's cute but Kutuzov was no kindly old man He was an indifferent drunk The night before Austerlitz he allegedly engaged in a four some with three of the comfort women he brought with him on campaigns Unfortunately despite writing 1200 pages Tolstoy doesn't find space to devote to this occurrenceThe good though is surrounded by the bad or the boring The flyleaf of the book said that Pierre Natasha and Andrei were three of the most dynamic characters in literature I don't think so Aside from Andrei I was mostly unimpressed with the main characters Napoleon was fun in an over the top bit part Pierre is a boob and a bore and his sudden heroics during the burning of Moscow come from nowhere Natasha is a flake She's the stereotypical girl plucking the daisy I love him; I love him not; I love himThe end of the novel is like Anna Karenina a huge anti climatic letdown As we approach the final pages Tolstoy gives us a description of the battle of Borodino It is a masterpiece of military fiction The research and verisimilitude The vividness Pierre's confrontation with the Frenchman in the redoubt Now they will stop it now they will be horrified at what they have done he thought aimlessly going toward a crowd of stretcher bearers moving from the battlefield Tolstoy’s Borodino is actually one of the great battle scenes I've ever read; afterwards though things fall of a cliff There is no slow decline into mediocrity; no it happens at the turn of the page It’s like Tolstoy suddenly stopped taking steroids In an unseemly rush Tolstoy has Napoleon move into Moscow Moscow burns Napoleon retreats All of this occurs indirectly through digression filled essays on History The characters recede into the background; all narrative vitality disappears There are only a couple exceptions one scene of the city burning followed by one admittedly powerful scene of the French executing supposed arsons During the French retreat there is not a single visceral moment depicting their hard frozen march Instead we get Tolstoy nattering on about Napoleon’s stupidity Then come the Epilogues When I reached them I felt a bit like a cowboy in one of those old westerns who is riding across the desert and finds a well except the well is dry and full of snakes and then an Indian shoots him with an arrow We will never know the fates of the dozens of characters we've followed for the previous thousand pages Tolstoy leaves their destinies to the imagination so that he can rant It’s a stupefying literary decision and reminded me of nothing so much as my Uncle Ed on Thanksgiving after five glasses of wine You can't get him to shut up Except at Thanksgiving Uncle Ed usually passes out by the fourth uarter of the Cowboys game Not Tolstoy Not even death can uiet him War and Peace was an experience There were times I envisioned myself reaching the end spiking the book like a football and then doing some sort of victory dance around the splayed pages When I got there though I simply sighed leaned back in my chair and thought At least this was better than Moby Dick