Updated: Jul 1
Just after the first edition of the book was published, it was followed by an article by Mr. Tolstoy himself making clear of certain Ideas and asserting some points of how he wished the book to be read and understood.
Among many other points what caught me off-guard was this:
Do not seek what you don't already find in my book, If you don't find it then it was probably meant to be so.
And this single point might be calamity enough to make all the critics go out of business. Because apparently, this is how they judge a book, by the element of the missing devices.
War & Peace has been a phenomenally enticing read to me. It is a book that pulls over all the pedantic ideologies and talks about Ideas that are significantly more realistic.
The book is distributed amongst the Russian noble folks and has been seen to take multiple points of view, which have been handled with such care that you shall never lose your way.
The key group of characters is primarily from these families, The Bezukhovs, the Rostovs, and the Bolkonskis.
The book is based on the time of Nepolean Buonaparte's rise as well as his fall. It is a book that has been assigned spiritual devices that make you see through the stars even if you are a non-believer.
What is War and what is Peace? Is it not just a foolish carnival of probable events that happen such that a person kills a bunch of men and be called an Emperor or a Hero for that? Well apparently many historians will seem to disagree but that is all that they are, several people who assert their convictions and gawkiness into a certain range of events and after meddling with them for quite some amount of time declare their views if needed or even if not. Mostly all the assertions made by these gentlemen may or may not be the actual truth but that doesn't stop them from stating their lugubrious Ideas.
The fallacies made by a few men can be peremptory for the death knell ringing for hundreds of thousands under command. This is what is the analogy made by certain Illustrators. That is you win a war it is due to the one who wages it and if you lead to it being lost? it all goes the one in command. What people do not understand is in this vast possibility of events occurring in the real world, no single event may be so powerful as to lead to steering the helm of a Conquest. We live in the real world and hence understand the vagueness of our control in a biological area where millions of organisms thrive. So be you the king or be you the commander in chief, the result of the war depends on all the events occurring in your favor.
This is the story that brings to us the deeply glorious life in the city of Moscow and the radius it illuminates around it. It talks about the people's love for their Emperor, Alexander of Russia and in the same leaf, it vehemently shows us the rancorous thoughts possessed by the people for the little Corporal, aka The Antichrist.
there may be a massive array of books just talking about the blood, gore, and the after-effects of the War that prevails. But in this Epic Tolstoy talks about the revelation that possesses the human soul when you see a canister bursting not 5 feet from your stride. It talks about the epiphany which possesses you once hit but a shell and as you lay down your head, probably on the wet earth that might turn into your grave or on a canteen abandoned by an un-named soldier, You realize what you were made for. You realize your life's worth laying in that wet and bloodied earth and ears ringing but still knowing that Sacrifices are noble but giving up what you possessed in the lieu of getting noticed is not what heroes do.
The whole meaning of your life gets rotten out of that one lead bullet that has pierced your arm. You see cities crumbling and entire kingdoms withering apart but once all of it is over you do see a hero and have to recognize him as such. why? just because the number of men murdered under his command turns out to be more than the other party of the conquest.
Analysis of characters:
A rather doubtful youth in his 20's trying to figure out what he is made for. roguish in the limbs with a massive stature and huge gait which makes his presence known, but the rounded spectacles hanging on his face seem to reveal his timid nature and his unhinged confidence. If you ever want to pity a man it would be he. because even with the richness of a count, Pierre's life seems to have been riddled with uncertainties and awful choices as well.
The air to the Bald Hills and the son of the angry prince Bolkonski, Prince Andrew was one person who didn't take life for what it was. The love for his family, his wife, or even his health was no concern of his. He just wanted to secure his position in the army and be called the man who saved the day. War changes a man, and so it did to him. How hard it must be to living through the moments of pain in life as in death, the realization that life is transcendental and the above is what is really meant for us. A war may not make you a hero, but it doesn't fail to teach your lessons which even the head spiritualists may falter while recalling.
this is a book inlaid with deep romance, strong passion as well as wicked deception. This is a book that catered to my spiritual thought process like never before and made me understand that military strategies and tactics are not everything that can win you a war. This book teaches me the importance of war in changing culture but most importantly how people of action become un-attended and restless during times of peace. It is one book that will make you understand about actions, consequences, events and their sequence are some of the most important devices of life that shall demand your attention. because for only one reason and that is, they command all the occurrences happening worldwide. So if your history textbook says that this war started because of this and this reason, you get up and ask your teacher if an occurrence can be so filial that the cause of action determined so easily?
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