[Novel] War & Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

War & Peace

A thoroughly profound historical novel — or rather, a whole series of novels in one tome  — that depicts Napoleon’s campaigns into Russia and the life of Russian nobility during those times, and offers a lot of insight into both war and peace, convincingly arguing how all men — no matter how apparently great — are just puppets of history.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting, profound characters Incredibly long and slowly paced
Realistic and hilariously sarcastic depictions of war The parts of peace don’t feel as profound or interesting as the parts of war
A very strong, profound story
Enlightening on both Russian and French cultures
Enlightening on Napoleonic wars
Thought-provoking on the nature of war
Thought-provoking on the power of individuals in the context of history

 

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