War and Peace (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

War and Peace (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

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War and Peace begins with a scene at a party in St. Petersburg in 1805. It is the Napoleonic era a€“ the French general has conquered much of Western Europe and Russia is nervous. Russia is allied with the Austrian Empire which is resisting Napoleona€™s forces along its borders. At the party the reader is introduced to the main characters including Pierre Bezukhov and Andrew Bolkonski and members of two families: Vasili, Anatole, and Helene Kuragin and Natasha, Sonya, and Nicholas Rostov. The plot is driven by the actions of the families a€“ Andrew and Pierre join the Russian army at the Austrian Front, Nicholas almost gambles his familya€™s fortune away, and when Pierre returns home, he almost kills his wifea€™s lover. Andrew, missing in action on the Austrian Front, eventually returns home to find his wife has just died in childbirth. This annotated edition includes a biography and critical essay.Hereplied: a#39;Fromno one;I madeit up myself.a#39; They threatened andquestioned him, buthe stuck tothat: a#39;I made it up myself.a#39; Andso it was reported to the count, who sent for the man. a#39;From whom did you get the proclamation?a#39; a#39;I wrote it myself.

Title:War and Peace (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)
Author:Leo Tolstoy
Publisher:Golgotha Press - 2013-11-21


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