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[eBook] Free: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy @ Amazon AU / US


War and Peace is considered one of the world’s greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina, as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement.

Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.

About the Author
Leo Tolstoy was born in central Russia on 9 September 1828. In 1852 he published his first work, the autobiographical Childhood. He served in the army during the Crimean War and his Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6) are based on his experiences. His two most popular masterpieces are War and Peace (1864-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-8). He died in 1910.
From the Back Cover
Among the great novels of the world, 'War and Peace' has long held pride of place because it fulfills, in its seamless interweaving of the historical and the personal, and its genius in registering the entire scale of human life, all the promise latent in the art of fiction itself.
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  • +42

    This is probably the best book to add to my collection that I'll never read. Thanks OP

    • +5

      You're demonstrating sophistication merely by adding it.

    • +4

      Clicked the link, only to realise I had bought it to never read before.

  • +3

    Most of the characters are very annoying, their sort deserve to be first against wall when the revolution comes.

  • +12

    always free on project Gutenberg

  • +25

    The working title was actually ‘War. What Is It Good For?’
    Thankfully his mistress brought him around

    • +9

      that noise, I cannot stand it!

    • +4

      I can only think of jackie chan and chris tucker at this moment…

    • +1

      Haha I came for Seinfeld quotes

    • Haha

    • Thanks Elaine

  • Ah so this is the one where we say, I don’t need it to war and peace, just tell me what happened

    • One thing led to another, we are in a pandemic

  • +6

    Good read for the porcelain throne when you haven't had enough fibre.

  • +38

    Highly recommend this.
    It will help having a notebook handy to take character notes as soon as you encounter them.
    Secondly, highly recommend analysing most chapters yourself and then Googling anylysis of this chapter online, before jumping onto the next one.

    There is a lot of hidden meaning /symbolism in this book.
    Some of the areas to analyse are: ups and downs/ fluctuations of the main characters and comnection to fatalism / God / fate / you name it… vs more popular paradygm of today that world is your oyster / you can do it all / you go girl / etc

    Do not be intimidated by it's size! I did find this to be quite easy to read. It is like watching a good long series - actually you would spend less time reading War and Peace than watching most of the modern series, and, perhaps, would learn more from it.

    Lastly, final section has a lot of thoughts and historical analysiss by Tolstoy Re Napoleon, which is very contrary to the popular western opinion. It is worth reading, despite it's boredom. I personaly found a lot of correlations with modern overhyped personas, like Elon Musk, etc.

    I found this story is extremely applicable to the modern world. I hope you will enjoy this read as much as I did.

    • +9

      +1 for a genuine book review in comments

      • +1 for a genuine vote for a genuine review … now that I have read their review, I will now put my Cliff Notes up for sale on eBay ;)

        Just bought it for USD0.99c off the US site… just to see how many pages/cent I can get ;)

  • +2

    I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
    - Woody Allen

    • +1

      "[…]It involves [the penetration] of Russia." TIFIFY Woody! ;-)

  • No sale. AK is best

    • wat

      • +1

        There are a few russian writers with Tolstoy surname:
        Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (I assume AK), Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, and Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy.

      • +3

        AK = Anna Karenina

        … he's a train buff! ;-)

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    Worked for me just now.

    • Same + 1 just worked

  • Suitable for kids?

    • I would say so, long read, well worth it though.

  • +11

    Quite an interesting fact, did not know of this connection to Gandhi:

    "In 1908, Tolstoy wrote A Letter to a Hindu outlining his belief in non-violence as a means for India to gain independence from British colonial rule. In 1909, Gandhi read a copy of the letter when he was becoming an activist in South Africa. He wrote to Tolstoy seeking proof that he was the author, which led to further correspondence. Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is Within You also helped to convince Gandhi of nonviolent resistance, a debt Gandhi acknowledged in his autobiography, calling Tolstoy "the greatest apostle of non-violence that the present age has produced". wiki

    And I am still amazed by the quality of this colour photo of Tolstoy from 1908

    • +1 on reading Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is Within You, I recommend even if not religious. Very well written and as I recall it runs though the ways the church corrupted Christ's message of non-violence and Christianity in general so still quite relevant!

  • +9

    This has been in the public domain (free) for about 50 years.

    However, if you are thinking of reading War and Peace, I'd recommend joining "A Year of War & Peace", which is a giant book club that reads war and peace one chapter per day, with a daily discussion forum, for a whole year. (The book happens to have 365 chapters). It's a very good online community! Make it your 2021 NYR.

    Also, if the Russian-ness is too much, you can check out the Aussie Bogan translation by Ander Louis.

  • US Link is working again.

  • Nobody gets through War and Peace

  • It's free again via US link. Thanks Op

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