Give War and Peace A Chance

Give War and Peace A Chance

Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times

Book - 2014
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From a popular Tolstoy scholar: an entertaining, thought-provoking, and accessible argument for why War and Peace is more relevant to readers now than ever.

Considered by many critics the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is also one of the most feared. And at 1,500 pages, it's no wonder why. Still, new editions keep appearing. In July 2009 Newsweek put War and Peace at the top of its list of 100 great novels and a 2007 edition of the AARP Bulletin , read by millions, included the novel in their list of the top four books everybody should read by the age of fifty. A New York Times survey from 2009 identified War and Peace as the world classic you're most likely to find people reading on their subway commute to work. What might all those Newsweek devotees, senior citizens, and harried commuters see in a book about the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s? A mirror of our times.

War and Peace is many things. It is a love story, a family saga, a war novel. But at its core it's a novel about human beings attempting to create a meaningful life for themselves in a country torn apart by war, social change, political intrigue, and spiritual confusion.

Give War and Peace a Chance takes readers on a journey through War and Peace that reframes their very understanding of what it means to live through troubled times and survive them. Touching on a broad range of topics, from courage to romance, parenting to death, Kaufman demonstrates how Tolstoy's wisdom can help us live fuller, more meaningful lives. The ideal companion to War and Peace , this book will also be enjoyable to those who have never read a word of Tolstoy, making that masterpiece more approachable, relevant, and fun .
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451644708
1451644701
9781451644722
9781451644715
Branch Call Number: 891.733 KAUFMAN
Characteristics: xvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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" Nelson Mandela's favorite book was WARANDPEACE....Gandhi was inspired by Tolstoy's THEKINGDOMOFGODISWITHINYOU." " 1873 Baby Pyotr dies of croup. 1874 Fifth son, Nikolai, is born. 1875 Baby Nikolai dies of meningitis. Third daughter, Varvara, born prematurely. Dies within two hours." " Everyday Russians know that Stalin killed 20 million of his own people."

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