In his captivity he had come to see that the God in Karataev was grander, more infinite, and more unfathomable than the Architect of the Universe recognised by the masons.
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He felt like a man who finds what he has sought at his feet, when he has been straining his eyes to seek it in the distance. All his life he had been looking far away over the heads of all around him, while he need not have strained his eyes, but had only to look in front of him. We see Napoleon treating enemy captives with compassion. We see Napoleon preparing for war. And we get this unbelievably deep insight about Napoleon:. Never, down to the end of his life, had he the least comprehension of good, of beauty, of truth, of the significance of his own acts, which were too far opposed to truth and goodness, too remote from everything human for him to be able to grasp their significance.
He could not disavow his own acts, that were lauded by half the world, and so he was forced to disavow truth and goodness and everything human.
I took my time with this book. I took copious notes about each character and would refer to them every time the character rejoined the story. It took me 40 days to read the unabridged version from start to finish, including the epilogue. This is a truly great work of literature. Of art. Next product. Share Facebook. Reviews 0 Reviews There are no reviews yet. Additional Delivery Terms - The period stated within which you will receive your order is approximate. Returns Policy - You may return any unopened items within 7 days of receiving it, for a full refund.
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The book has the rhythm of life, and likability is not a steady, constant factor; sometimes Natasha is entrancing, sometimes a great bore. If you read it more than once, as almost everyone who reads it at all does, these responses may occur at quite different times. It understands, as James Buchan once wrote, that love is the circus hoop through which history is made to leap again and again.
But romantic love is only one of the things that may interest the mind, and sometimes it does not interest the mind at all. There are other subjects in the novel, too.
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The bits that interest you personally and the bits that you find of only abstract curiosity are going to change when you read the book at 20, and again at The book is the product of a very big mind, who lost interest in almost everything War and Peace was about before he died. It is a living organism that is never quite the same as you remembered when you go back to it. Proust is twice the length. Nor is it at all difficult.