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War and Peace (World's Classics) by Leo Tolstoy (1933-12-05)

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War and Peace (World's Classics) by Leo Tolstoy (1933-12-05)

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  • Leo Tolstoy(Author)
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  • By Simon F on 2 January 2016

    Probably the best option for Kindle users. This is the classic Louise and Aylmer Maude translation - the same as in my Everyman hardback. It seems to avoid the typographic and layout problems that are annoying in so many Kindle books. I notice that it has 'enhanced typesetting'. Perhaps that is the reason. My only complaint is that there are no maps. That's a big advantage of the Everyman print edition, though maps are always illegible in Kindle editions. This Collins version doesn't have Everyman's handy dates lists either, but the essential character list is included.

  • By Kindle Customer on 29 January 2016

    I should have read this year's ago but the sheer volume put me off. Also I remember trying to read a very old translation of Anna Karenina and the archness of the translation made understanding very difficult. But with the advent of the TV adaptation I thought the time had come for me embark on this epic read and I am not disappointed. The translation is very good - shame about some of the typos, - but the feeling of life in Russia in the early 18th century is very well captured. There is more war in the book than on TV but again the emotions this provokes amongst the civilians and those engaged in military action are very well expressed. The additional notes are also extremely useful in setting the scene and preparing the reader for what is to come and should not be missed out.

  • By Nicolas Milne on 2 March 2016

    Well worth the effort,read it years ago as a student,think I enjoyed it more this time. A clear translation and a great story. However this is three books rather than one and only one part of it is a novel. Alongside which we get a very good military history of Russia's war against Napoleon and a series of fairly pedantic, repetitive and didatic lectures on the meaning of life. The last section comprises one of these and constitutes one of the least engaging conclusions to a novel. It is a great work and makes you think but I think he may have benefited from a good editor. Tolstoy was very much an individual and wrote entirely what he intended but it makes for a long slog.

  • By Guest on 8 November 2015

    I am actually still reading this. It's been my mission for the year since hearing the Radio 4 production on New Year's Day 2015 and I've nearly finished it. It hasn't been difficult. It's an extremely good read. I thought that keeping track of who was who would be difficult; it isn't. Tolstoy's explanations are extremely good. The background to the war is detailed but not dull and the scenes of war are truly shocking and very vivid. He goes off into some philosophy at some stages, which is amazing; it's the kind of book you almost don't want to read too fast, you want to take it in. I think I'll be sad to finish it. As for this version, it's extremely readable though there's an awful lot of typos (well it's a very long book) and that does get a bit irritating. Also there are links to end notes; sometimes those end notes don't add much and sometimes they don't work to get back to where you were in the book, but that's not a huge issue. I not only do recommend this book, I have recommended it and managed to get a friend to download it too! If you want a bit of background to what was going on with Napoleon's attempt at dominating Europe at this time (think various Jane Austen novels and the Sharpe series) you can't do better than to see the terrible effects of the war on Russia. The good thing about reading it on Kindle is that apart from not having a heavy book to lug around, you can just dip in and read a chapter (the chapters are very short). It's very well worth it.

  • By Carole King on 3 February 2016

    I've only read about a hundred pages so far but I'm very surprised at how easy War and Peace is to read and find it difficult to put down. As a teenager I read many French and Russian classics but never this. I've been watching the BBC adaptation and felt that I must read the book as I found the series so poor, at least many people will now be reading the book so some good has come from it. The Penguin Classics seemed to me to be the best translation.

  • By Diana Brighouse on 6 April 2016

    Excellent translation but BEWARE kindle version. I have been rereading War & Peace in this Vintage translation, having first read the Penguin Classics version over thirty years ago. Maybe it's age, but I've found the Vintage translation extremely readable and have really appreciated the amazing scope of Tolstoy's work.I ordered the kindle version so that I could continue reading on train journeys (the paperback is a hefty tome and definitely not a book to carry about). I am horrified to find that not only is the kindle version NOT the Vintage translation, it is a very poor American translation, complete with US spelling and Americanisms. Thank goodness it only cost 99p, but I am left with the problem of being unable to read the novel away from home.I am very disappointed with Amazon's misleading listing. If anyone has a different (and acceptable) kindle version I'd love to hear from them.

  • By Daniel Walters on 18 January 2016

    Started to read this book many times before but tried afresh with the broadcasting of the BBC 1 serial of the book. I am trying to keep up with the serial as I read the book, hard work and a lot of reading each week! Each minute of screen time takes pages to read through. Worth it though. The book is far more detailed and interesting than the TV but the TV has helped me to SEE the characters and place them all in my mind. With so many characters in the book this has proved to be a great advantage.The book is fiction but based in reality. The Napoleonic war was, after all, very real. The ruling Russian aristocracy make our lot seem like socialists! No wonder they went on to have a revolution, or two or three, in Russia. Many of the characters are also factual and they did exist in Russia, at this time. These details make the book very appealing to those who know something of the period and appreciate the intricacies of Russian life. I would recommend it to anyone who has the patience for a long, long read.

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