War and Peace (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

A wonderful clothbound Hardcover Classics variation of Tolstoy’s nice novel, one of many undisputed masterpieces of global literature
At a glittering society celebration in St. Petersburg in 1805, conversations are ruled via the possibility of battle. Terror rapidly engulfs the rustic as Napoleon’s military marches on Russia, and the lives of 3 children are replaced without end. The tales of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey, and impetuous Natasha interweave with an enormous solid, from aristocrats and peasants, to squaddies and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes—conflict and love, beginning and demise, unfastened will and fate—with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create an impressive epic of human lifestyles in all its imperfection and grandeur.
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Well, there is that reception at the English Ambassador’s. It’s Wednesday. I must show my face,’ said the prince. ’ ‘I thought tonight’s festivities had been cancelled. ’ ‘If they had known you wanted the celebration cancelled, it would have been,’ said the prince with the predictability of a wound-up clock. Sheer habit made him say things he didn’t even mean. ‘Stop teasing me. ’ replied the prince in a cold, bored tone. ‘What’s been decided? ’ Prince Vasily always spoke languidly, like an actor declaiming a part from an old play.

I’ll have a little talk with Lise, young Bolkonsky’s wife, this very evening. Perhaps something can be arranged. ’ CHAPTER 2 Anna Pavlovna’s drawing-room was steadily filling up. All the important people in St Petersburg society were there, varying enormously in age and character for all their shared social background. Prince Vasily’s daughter, the beautiful Hélène, had just arrived to take him on to the Ambassador’s reception; she was wearing a ballgown enhanced by a maid of honour’s monogram.

He lives out in the country. You know, Prince Bolkonsky. He’s very well known. He retired under the late Emperor. They used to call him the “the King of Prussia”. He’s a very clever man, but he’s a crank, not easy to get on with. Poor little thing, she’s as miserable as any girl could be. It was her brother who married Liza Meinen not too long ago. He’s one of Kutuzov’s adjutants. ’ ‘Listen, my dear Annette,’ said the prince, suddenly taking his companion’s hand and pressing it downwards for reasons best known to himself.

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