At a sparkling society party in St. Petersburg in 1805, discussions are overwhelmed by the possibility of war. Dread quickly immerses the nation as Napoleon’s military walks on Russia, and the lives of three youngsters are changed for eternity. The narratives of impractical Pierre, pessimistic Andrey, and careless Natasha entwine with a tremendous cast, from privileged people and laborers, to fighters and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy weaves terrific topics—strife and love, birth and passing, unrestrained choice and destiny—with life-changing scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to make a heavenly epic of human life in the entirety of its defect and loftiness.
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