1 People change. 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.
2 There is no hero and no heroine. This is the story of a group of people living within a society. Andrei Bolkonsky is not Tolstoy’s hero, and Natasha is not a romantic heroine. It forgives ideas of heroism, most beautifully in the last words any character speaks in the book, as Andrei’s son thinks of his father at the end of the First Epilogue. It understands and sympathises with those ideas but it excuses itself from repeating them. The book will try to understand why people behave as they do, and it may make the best case possible for some strange actions, but it won’t make apologies for anyone and won’t pass a final judgment. Don’t expect to be able to predict what happens. Even the characters won’t be able to explain why they do what they do, perhaps until weeks or months later. The subject of the book is the wildness of possibility, and how the world can be changed by one woman saying, for no particular reason that she can explain, “I have had so little happiness in my life.”
A War and Peace for our time
3 The novel has a particular technical feature; it passes from mind to mind, showing us the world as a consciousness moves through it. It doesn’t mean that the consciousness of the moment has any particular importance; it is just how these events were seen by one particular observer, and another observer will take up the baton in a page or two. (After 300 pages, you will agree that this is the best way to write a novel.)
4 This is not a historical novel, but a novel that discusses events of the recent past within the memory of many of Tolstoy’s first readers. 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. But it is not about “the historical”, and it has no costume department.
5 You will like some characters more than others, and there will be long stretches where a character you used to like irritates or frustrates you. Other characters will engage your sympathy over time; you may be deeply surprised, by the end, by who you want to spend most time with. The book has the rhythm of life, and likability is not a steady, constant factor; sometimes Natasha is entrancing, sometimes a great bore. (If you read it more than once, as almost everyone who reads it at all does, these responses may occur at quite different times.)
6 Love comes into it. It understands, as James Buchan once wrote, that love is the circus hoop through which history is made to leap again and again. But romantic love is only one of the things that may interest the mind, and sometimes it does not interest the mind at all. There are other subjects in the novel, too.
7 Anyone who tells you that you can skip the “War” parts and only read the “Peace” parts is an idiot. The bits that interest you personally and the bits that you find of only abstract curiosity are going to change when you read the book at 20, and again at 50. The book is the product of a very big mind, who lost interest in almost everything War and Peace was about before he died. It is a living organism that is never quite the same as you remembered when you go back to it.
‘Just 1,238 pages to go’: could you read War and Peace in a week?
8 It’s quite a long novel, but not absurdly long. Proust is twice the length. Nor is it at all difficult. You think it’s a challenge? Ha, ha – The Man Without Qualities is a challenge, and it took me 17 years to get to the end of Joseph and his Brothers. You’ll read War and Peace in 10 days, maximum. Many people find the first 100 pages dauntingly full of characters, and only then does it seem to smooth out and become lucid. Tolstoy has immense care for his readers, and most of his challenges are challenges of sympathy, not of intricate understanding. (I once read War and Peace on the beach – the elegant clarity of style and the concision of each chapter made it perfect. You could read for five minutes with interest, or for three absorbed hours.) To almost everyone’s amazement, by the time they reach the end of the First Epilogue, with its overwhelming sense of life continuing and proliferating, new possibilities of thought opening up, any reader will probably wish that this marvellous book could go on for ever.
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9 You are going to disagree with Tolstoy. No question. Not only that, you will almost certainly start to think that his own book disagrees with him. Can the Second Epilogue, with its vision of historical determinism, not really be said to be comprehensively disproved by the freedom of action that the characters grope their way towards? Doesn’t Maria Bolkonsky glimpse her terrible destiny, and make a conscious decision to reject it with a single sentence? This is a book that will argue with you.
10 The book has the worst opening sentence of any major novel, ever. It also has the very worst closing sentence by a country mile, which you will have to read four times before deciding that its proposition is perfect nonsense. In between, its greatness goes without saying: what sometimes gets forgotten is that it is not just great, but also the best novel ever written – the warmest, the roundest, the best story and the most interesting.
War and Peace
Definition of war
War is a terrible evil, which can destroy the nation. Causes of the war can bring many difficulties into the life. It refers to an armed battle nation. During the war, a family can suffer many problems, if any member of the household will die in the war.
“When we declare war for peace, we may win the war and lose the battle.”
Causes of war
War can cause the many problems and difficulties in life such as
- Property may destruct during the war,
- Wealth can destroy,
- Trade and industry bear losses.
- War can ultimately make upset in the social life of people.
- War causes streams of blood and untold havoc.
- It destroys the sensibility of the human nature and arouses hatred and jealousies.
- It crooked conspiracies and such other base instincts of human nature.
Sometimes the war is the necessary evil and only the process of solving disputes, but in reality, it can become a long argument because of some person, who does not maintain the peaceful manner.
Definition of peace
Peace is the great solution to everything. It is the identity of a real man, who are not interested in any fight and concentrate their mind among nations. It is the complete freedom of disturbance.
The peace is that manner, where no any possibility of war or fight by people. If the world starts following order way, then no any war can take place in the mind of individuals. Once the world starts believes that war is the unnecessary thing and decide to abolish the war ultimately, they will certainly find a way for peaceful co-existence.
Why peace is greater than war
There are the many reasons in the world, why peace is greater than war. Everyone should follow the order manner.
- The main reason of the peace is great is that human being can love by everyone.
- Peaceful manner is universal in nature.
- Peace fulfilled all necessary intentions.
- It is greater than war because war can harm to each other, but peace never creates any harm for anyone.
- A war cannot achieve, which can make possible by the peace.
- The forces of peace can rule over ignorance and superstition, over illiteracy and immorality, over disease and physical suffering, over poverty and governmental oppression.
- The conquest of the peace is non-violence and bloodless as compare to war.
- Peace does not damage the life or property of the person, and it does not cause grief to humanity.
Wars in history
In 1914-18, the first battle starts and ends with the establishment of the League of Nations. The purpose of League of Nations was to explore the possibilities how further conflicts could avoid.
In spite of all good intention, the fury of another war could not abate.
According to World War II, there was much deadlier as compare to War I. that time most of the people have fought and waged with each other and ended in the last. The universal nation’s organization was formed as a forum to find a ways and means for a lasting comprehensive peace.
Where there is war, can be evil and ends the all. Most of the people died in the world war. In all individuals, many warriors also included. They perished in the war and his wives become the widow. They become unassisted in their life.
One power is the victor and other the vanquished. The winners revel in glory the vanquished wreaths in pain, even the victors have the hundreds and thousands of homes destroyed. Children and women rendered unassisted, and the vanquished have still many more calamitous after effects to suffer.
It is only some territories and lands, which declared that who are won and lost in the battle. The loneliness is the gain of war achieves. The other benefit of war, if that could be called a gain at all, is that the victor gets regarded as the great power, feared and awed by others.
Battle by the great person
In the countries, there are many great people, who fought for the countries. There was also much empire on large tracts of land, which was spread by the Romans.
Alexander was the great conquer and conquered countries after countries. Tamburlaine got the renown of having ravaged countries after countries to bring under his sway.
Mahmud Ghazni was that person, who attacked in India seventeen times only to carry cart and camel loads of treasures and wealth.
Ashoka fought the bloody battle of Kalinga.
Akbar faced with the relentless encounters with Rana Pratap.
Napoleon and Bismarck also came for the fought. They were the great soldiers and their names in the history that they fought only to vanquish foes and gain territories or loot the riches.
The H.G Wells has rightly said that ‘hundreds and thousands of man uniformly dressed for carrying the body with by deadly weapons go to the theater of war.
In the war, more of the people kills, who don’t know about deadly weapons and who have done them no wrong.
We are all aware in the Nagasaki and Hiroshima the bomb was dropped, which turns the many causes in the towns. The city people may render many troubles.
It was the World War II, which brought about the horrors of devastation. After dropping the bomb, there are many of people died, women and children either dead or maimed for life. Only America could claim to have emerged as a high power. It was the gain of this war.
By the war, it causes on the waste of resources of the country; those resources could be better have applied to the right use of human welfare.
The wars drain all resources, which could have helped in establishing flourishing industries. It is the mean of energy. It can cause on the great lands, which can give the plenty of foods by growing for the human being.
During the war, the human mind becomes overshadowed by a sense of insecurity and danger and no constructive thinking could ever get a chance to flourish. Humankind sees the worst nature of human during the war.