What Do We Love About “War and Peace”? | The New YorkerThe practice started in , when Arthur Fiedler, the locally beloved maestro of the Boston Pops Orchestra, performed it at the climax of his annual Fourth of July concert on the Charles River Esplanade. The audience was thrilled, and it is said to have revitalized attendance, which had been flagging. But no one seems to have minded. It also goes great with fireworks. What it does not go so great with is democratic revolutions. Still, if you have to pick a side, your choices are a mad military dictator who marched his army across Europe talking about equality and the rights of man, and the absolute ruler of a vast feudal empire, at the bottom of whose class system were millions of people, a third of the population, who were treated as property. These were the serfs—effectively, if not exactly, slaves.
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It is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievements. The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version, titled The Year ,  were serialized in The Russian Messenger from to , then published in its entirety in Tolstoy said War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle. Instead, he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.
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The characters in War and Peace endure extreme experiences, and emerge at the end as quite different people. The miracle of the book is that the Natasha who falls in love with anyone and everyone in the ballrooms of the opening is recognisably the same woman who withdraws from society at the end. This is the story of a group of people living within a society. It understands and sympathises with those ideas but it excuses itself from repeating them. After pages, you will agree that this is the best way to write a novel. Its details are not exquisite recreations of lost practice, but ways in which an individual psychology can engage with the real world. It is about history, and both the tsar and Napoleon make awesome appearances.
War and Peace , historical novel by Leo Tolstoy , originally published as Voyna i mir in — War and Peace begins in the Russian city of St. Most of the characters are introduced at a party, including Pierre Bezukhov , Andrey Bolkonsky , and the Kuragin and Rostov families. Much of the novel focuses on the interactions between the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys , and the Rostovs. Andrey is then injured at the Battle of Austerlitz and presumed dead, until he arrives home to his wife, Lise, who dies during childbirth soon after. Pierre, meanwhile, has married Helene Kuragina.