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  • Writer's pictureJames G Yeo

Book Review of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

For the first thing that I am going to say is that this book is 1 250 pages long. So, it took me a few months to read it.


To start on this review, I feel that Tolstoy keeps you wondering what the direction that he is making his characters go. In the first part of the book, he highlights all the characters very well and sets up the following parts of the book. The main topic in the book is the French and Russian wars that happened in the early 1800's. I could go into detail with the scenes. They are well written and in some parts of the book he does give some historical facts (I looked up some of them up online through a trusted website that I use when I need to do some checking.)


With how Tolstoy wrote the book, it is enjoyable to see a different style of writing and I also took some notes for my own writing as well. The hardest part for me was the names as most of them were all were Russian, German and French, so I had to give nicknames for them so I wouldn't struggle with reading them.


With the climax of the book being the war between the French and Russians in 1812, he made a good point to describe every detail of what war was like during that time and most notability when the winter happened. All I know is that living in Canada I could feel what he had wrote for those scenes where we have similar conditions here during the winter.


With the way that he finished the book, I have to say that it was well plotted and well written in my opinion. Was it a happy ending, I guess in a way it was yet when you read it, he tied together the many other stories that needed the ending.


I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend anyone who wants to tackle it to do so. It starts in a way that most other books do, and it will keep you turning the pages until the end. I do wish I had just put all my work aside to focus on reading it from cover to cover.


For my next book, I will be reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.

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