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Widely considered to be one of the greatest books ever written, it is extraordinarily detailed and complex. The reader is introduced to the events leading up to the invasion through the eyes of five prominent families of the Russian aristocracy, introduced at a dinner party in St. The year is , and war is brewing in Western Europe, as Napoleon conquers countries one after the other. The fear among the aristocracy is growing, and the interplay among the noble families is as much a theme of the novel as the historical setting of the war. Available for your computer and your mobile device. Get it for FREE right now! Free eBooks Promotions eBook Readers.
War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse backgrounds as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture.