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Hardcover (June 2014)
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, itís 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 youíre 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 itís 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
Tolstoyís 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.
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