watch He is encouraged to marry a wealthy heiress, despite promising to marry Sonya, his cousin. Andrey soon becomes involved with Natasha Rostov only to be told by his father that he must wait a year before marrying her. After some time away, Andrey discovers that Natasha has been unfaithful. He rejects her, and Pierre consoles her, eventually falling in love with her. In Napoleon invades Russia, forcing Alexander to declare war.
Andrey returns to service, and Pierre is driven to believe he must personally assassinate Napoleon. Nikolay finds her in the streets, and the two reconnect. Pierre, still crazed by his imaginary duty, is apprehended by French forces and witnesses a number of executions, which deeply affect him.
During his imprisonment, he befriends Platon Karatev, a wise peasant. He is later freed from the French and promptly falls ill. After recovering, he marries Natasha, and they have four children together. Nikolay weds Mary, and the two enjoy a happy married life. War and Peace is known for its realism, something Tolstoy achieved through intensive research.
He visited battlefields, read history books on the Napoleonic Wars , and drew on real historical events to create a novel of living history. Tolstoy had originally planned to write a novel centring on the Decembrists , whose revolution in against the tsar attempted to end autocratic rule in Russia.
The Decembrists failed, however, and those who were spared execution were sent to Siberia. Tolstoy wanted to depict a Decembrist , now old, returning from exile.
As Tolstoy wrote and revised, however, the novel evolved into the War and Peace known today—a novel that takes place more than a decade before the Decembrist movement. Some historians argue that this invasion was the event that metamorphosed into the Decembrist movement years later. Many of the family names used in War and Peace are slight alterations of real names Tolstoy had encountered in his life—a deliberate strategy intended to make the novel feel familiar to the Russians who read it.
Tolstoy also created the majority of his characters with his own family members in mind; for example, his sister-in-law, Tanya, was the inspiration behind Natasha. When he was 26 years old, he fought in the Crimean War , which he also wrote about in three sketches describing, graphically, his experiences during the Siege of Sevastopol published — Tolstoy wrote War and Peace over the course of six years.
Tolstoy continued to write, and he also hired the prominent artist Mikhail Bashilov to illustrate the novel. By three volumes had been released and were selling rapidly. Tolstoy finished three more volumes between and Sofya had copied several drafts, all by hand. All told, War and Peace filled more than 1, pages when first published. War and Peace. The graphic descriptions of violence, especially against children, may be too intense for readers under the age of Although the book is based on historic events, the author has taken "liberties," combining various true stories to produce a fictional account.
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