War and Peace

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Shehnaz Majeed
‘War and Peace’ is the epic account of Russian society set against the backdrop of the 1812 French invasion of Russia published in 1869 by a great author Leo Tolstoy. In this book readers explore an analysis of the book’s major themes, which include spirituality, love and family, and the opposition between the genuine and the superficial. The book will make you cry and it will make you laugh. And that is price wisely the effect that Tolstoy wished to have upon his readers. As the title of Leo Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace promises, the book develops in two dimensions. The ”war” dimension relates to the 1812 French invasion of Russia, while the ”peace” concerns the life of the Russian society against the backdrop of that invasion. The key themes in War and Peace develop through all these worlds, creating a complex and multilayered texture.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. There is no hero and no heroine. This is the story of a group of people living within a society.Tolstoy wrote it in the realistic era, and as such life is depicted in all it’s aspects: happiness and sadness, love and hate. And he left his heart melting suggestion for his readers that Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.

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