War and peace, by leo tolstoy, translated by richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky, hardcover, 1296 pages, list price. Word count for famous novels organized commonplace book. Pevear and volokhonskys new translation gives us new access to the spirit and order of the book. The end of diplomacy and the decline of american influence. A summary of book eleven in leo tolstoys war and peace. Vasili and catherine try to destroy the letter, but anna mikhaylovna prevents them. The figure was found through looking at a number of books text stats, until brave new worlds 64,531 word count landed in the exact center of all books 50% of books have fewer words and 50% of books have more words. It is there, like a vast, unexplored continent, and all sorts of daunting rumors circulate about life in the interior. It makes the book more manageable to do just a chapter per day 45 pages on average and helps to have others doing it with you. Im so thrilled to have finally finished this book, so that i can move on to something else. Asked in books and literature how many pages is the longest book.
Chapter i well, prince, so genoa and lucca are now just family estates of the buonapartes. War and peace study guide contains a biography of leo tolstoy, literature essays, a complete etext, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. My edition translated by richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky is about 1,200 pages. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Well, prince, so genoa and lucca are now just family estates of the buonapartes. War and peace annotated and millions of other books are available for instant access. I for one actually enjoy the digressions and the exposition because i enjoy reading history. War and peace by tolstoy, leo and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
Prince andrei bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight. Leo tolstoy tolstoy, leo, graf, 18281910 the online. The 587,287 words in war and peace end up being 1,215 pages. English translations from the french and occasionally german, provided at the bottom of pages where needed about this book war and peace, on which tolstoy spent five years.
Prince andrei bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against. Prince vasili wished to obtain this post for his son, but others were trying through the dowager empress marya. A list of major characters and family relations pp. Before i turned the last page of this massive volume, which had been neglected in my bookshelves for more than six years, war and peace was a pending task in my mental reading universe knowing it to be one of the greatest russian or maybe simply one of the greatest novels of all times. The road to 1914 will be a welcome addition to these debates. The 1956 release of war and peace was the first englishlanguage film version of the novel war and peace by the russian novelist and shortstory writer, essayist and playwright leo tolstoy18281910. This work is licensed under a creative commons attribution. But anna also raises more personal issues, expressing esteem for vasilis childrenespecially the beautiful helenewith the exception of anatole, a rogue. War and peace is a perfect book to read together for the duration of our necessary isolation. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Tolstoys genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronic. War and peace is a novel by leo tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in. But i warn you, if you dont tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that antichristi really believe he is antichristi will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my faithful slave, as you call. It is a living organism that is never quite the same as you remembered.
In fact it is very long, to the extent that its length has become a byword to describe any other great tome of writing, and has passed into the modern vernacular, how often do we hear terms such as i was not expecting war and peace. The translators have provided the following volume i. If everyone made war only according to his own convictions, there would be no war. Tolstoy was, of course, a russian author, so for us to be able to read his novel, it first had to be translated into english. Dec 02, 2008 war and peace broadly focuses on napoleons invasion of russia in 1812 and follows three of the most wellknown characters in literature. For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference. It seems safe to say that, following his commander in chief.
Prince andrei bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against napoleon. Greater than a historical chronicle, war and peace is an affirmation of life itself. We are introduced to the major families through the vehicle of a soiree at the anna pavlovnas home, a nameday celebration at the rostovs, and a description of the isolated existence of the bolkonskys at their country seat. Fdrs battle with churchill, 1943 2016, hamilton is not winston churchills greatest admirer. Although they are two of the novels three male leads, prince andrei and pierre bezukhov rarely have substantial interactions.
Numbered end notes, which provide explanations for historical events, phrases, people in the book, keyed to numbers in the text pp. The project gutenberg ebook of war and peace, by leo tolstoy this ebook is for the use of anyone. War and peace broadly focuses on napoleons invasion of russia in 1812 and follows three of the most wellknown characters in literature. In 1884 tolstoy experienced a spiritual crisis, becoming an extreme moralist, rejecting the.
War and peace by leo tolstoy, first edition abebooks. Often called the greatest novel ever written, war and peace is at once an epic of the napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the russian spirit. War and peace is not a book that any attempt at speed reading will succeed. Leo tolstoys historical novel on the napoleonic invasion of russia has. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Jul 21, 2017 war and peace is that name that people throw out when mentioning classics and long books.
War and peace is a long book, sure, but its also a thrilling examination of history populated with some of the deepest, most realistic characters youll find anywhere. Book ii nikolay rostov and prince andrey undergo their first war experience at the battle of schongraben. Word count is a direct way to measure the length of a novel in a manner unaffected by variations of format and page size. The end of diplomacy and the decline of american influence kindle edition by farrow, ronan. Les mis theyre currently finishing the 2019 read along war and peace theyre currently finishing the 2019 read along count of. But i warn you, if you dont tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that antichristi really believe he is antichristi will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my faithful slave, as you call yourself.
Apr 27, 2017 war and peace is a long book, sure, but its also a thrilling examination of history populated with some of the deepest, most realistic characters youll find anywhere. Dec 02, 2008 1296 pages 618 x 914 isbn 9781400079988. Sometimes what one reader calls virtues, another finds to be deficiencies. Length of a book is typically associated with its sizespecifically page countleading many to assume the largest and thickest book equates to its length. At 1400plus pages, war and peace can seem daunting. In war and peace, tolstoy has written a history as much as a work of fiction. War and peace by leo tolstoy, first edition abebooks passion for books. All told, war and peace filled more than 1,200 pages when first published. She takes a long look and examines the many forces that had been moving europe in the direction of a war for a quarter century. Pierre bezuhov the hero of the novel and the old count s son, whose spiritual development is the best expression of tolstoys philosophy. The thing that most people know about war and peace is that it is long. Apr 10, 2011 there are 1,225 pages in the novel war and peace.
War and peace is a historical novel by leo tolstoy first published serially in 186569. If you havent finished a novel since your book club disbanded in 2008, then you may well skip war and peace, but if you love a sweeping story, total immersion in another world, rooting for the guys you love, cursing the ones you hate, and, sometimes, weeping, then i urge you to consider it. The trouble with war and peace as a book is that although it is very good and a genuine page turner in places, in others it is almost unreadable. War and peace was the sine qua non of difficult books. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of war and peace and what it means. May 07, 2019 the final installment of the biographers significant study of franklin roosevelts sine qua non leadership in world war ii. Pierre is the socially awkward illegitimate son of count kirill vladimirovich bezukhov, who has fathered dozens of illegitimate sons.
The project gutenberg ebook of war and peace, by leo tolstoy this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. I have not read war and peace, and i am so unacquainted with the story that i. Visit the site to download free ebooks of classic literature, books and novels. To seize and put into words, to describe directly the life of humanity or even of a single nation, appears impossible. Count leo tolstoy 18281910 was born in central russia. Front page of war and peace, first edition, 1869 russian. This book was written by leo tolstoy and was first published in 1869. Word count for famous novels organized by hawthorn mineart, under books, writing. It was largely due to turgenevs efforts that the novel started to gain popularity with the european readership. For a discussion of war and peace in the context of tolstoys life and work, see leo tolstoy. If you have nothing better to do, count or prince, and if the prospect of spending an. According to amazons great text stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words.
Based on this list compiled by nicole humphrey cook. The nowvenerable maude translation, in the splendid norton critical edition, is sometimes. After marrying sofya behrs in 1862, tolstoy settled down, managing his estates and writing two of his bestknown novels, war and peace 1869 and anna karenina1878. Chertkov page images at hathitrust tolstoy, leo, graf, 18281910. Margaret macmillans new book the war that ended peace. Boston, american peace society, 1904, also by american peace society, trans. In this respect the novel of count tolstoy could be seen as an epic of the great national. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading war on peace. Well, prince, so genoa and lucca are now just family es tates of the buonapartes. The book is the product of a very big mind, who lost interest in almost everything war and peace was about before he died.
New translations of war and peace appear from time to time, each with its own virtues. Pierre bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment. Tolstoys letter on the war between russia and japan. But whatever we call it, war and peace is an astonishing worka book that incorporates historical characters, vivid battle scenes, several love stories, shrewd glimpses of everyday life, an examination of western ideas and the russian soul, and a disquisition on the nature of history itself, among other things. The prospect of war dominates the conversations at the party. War and peace by leo tolstoy translated by louise and aylmer maude. A summary of book one in leo tolstoys war and peace. Compiling a list of longest novels yields different results depending on whether pages, words or characters are counted.
An essay on translating war and peace by richard pevearto many prospective readers tolstoys war and peace is the most intimidating of literary monuments. Again, the page number will vary from edition to edition due to different sized pages and print used. War and peacebook three wikisource, the free online library. Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words.428 826 222 1262 481 1288 720 1280 1085 143 375 733 364 1338 795 671 419 955 1457 1007 1390 174 1273 453 1357 782 779 435 527 672 997 576 328 1242 870 994 1003