WAR AND PEACE: Leatherbound Edition


WAR AND PEACE: Leatherbound Edition

LEO TOLSTOY    Book Number: 89660    Product format: Hardback

Bibliophile offers the perfect opportunity to read Tolstoy's epic novel which in many people's opinion is the greatest ever written. This attractively bound bonded leather rich blue and gold edition with gilding at the edge of the pages makes the act of reading a pleasure, and at 884 pages it is not much longer than modern blockbusters by Mantel or Rowling. When the idealistic Pierre Bezukhov and Andrew (often translated as Andrei Bolkonsky), two rich young aristocrats in Petersburg society, head off to fight Napoleon, we follow their exploits in the disastrous battle of Austerlitz. This defeat is balanced later in the book by the turning point of Borodino, forcing Napoleon into a slow retreat as the giant power that is Russia asserts its dominance. Pierre is an awkward young man but when he inherits vast wealth he becomes a target for ambitious young women and marries the unscrupulous Helene, then joins the freemasons whose philosophy he hopes will give his life meaning. Meanwhile Prince Andrew is widowed, and journeying to Moscow is introduced to the book's young heroine, Natasha, and proposes to her. Her father stalls the marriage and insists that the couple test their commitment by waiting, which allows the unscrupulous Anatole to step in and make Natasha infatuated with him. Pierre also falls in love with Natasha. Other members of the capital's aristocratic families have equally troubled love lives, for instance Andrew's sister Mary and the count Nicholas Rostov, Natasha's brother. The Rostovs are among the last to leave their estate as Napoleon marches on Moscow, and one of the book's great strengths is the glimpses we get of the strategic thinking of Napoleon and his general Kutuzov. Small text inevitably 884 glamorous pages.
Bibliophile price: £30.00


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ISBN 9781435169876
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