Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times

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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
February 10, 2015
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.3 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781451644715
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About the Author

Andrew D. Kaufman, internationally recognized Russian literature scholar at the University of Virginia, is the author of Understanding Tolstoy and coauthor of Russian for Dummies. An award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature, and culture, he is a featured Tolstoy expert on Oprah.com and is frequently invited to discuss Russian literature and culture on national and international television and radio programs.

Reviews

"That a novel 'full of clear, honest reflection on the pain of living' is also 'one of the most life-affirming works of fiction' becomes, for Andrew D. Kaufman, a contradiction worth exploring. He does so in this alluring study with a ferocity and lightness of touch that Tolstoy himself would have admired. By exploring a handful of key themes in War and Peace, Kaufman brings us back to the shimmering pages of a classic novel, and his book is nothing less than inspiring."--Jay Parini, author of The Last Station
"No other novel in world literature possesses the intimidating allure of Tolstoy's War and Peace. It is the very Everest of fiction, and most readers need a sherpa. Andrew Kaufman has not only produced a perfect guide to the setting, characters, history, and background of this epic work, all skillfully interwoven with events in Tolstoy's life; he has done so with zest and personality."--Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and internationally acclaimed poet
"Andrew Kaufman has written the book on War and Peace for our time. In his colloquial and personal style he explores, as his subtitle puts it, Tolstoyan Wisdom For Troubled Times, recovering this wisdom not only from Tolstoy's diaries, letters, and essays, but, more importantly yet, the text of the novel itself. This is quite simply the most engaging and thought-provoking book on Tolstoy I have ever read."--Richard Gustafson, Columbia University, author of Leo Tolstoy: Resident and Stranger
"Andrew Kaufman has found a refreshingly informal way of reading (and re-reading) War and Peace, weaving the lives of the novel's characters together with Tolstoy's life and his own. By breaking all the critical rules, he manages to enter into the ever shifting and growing reality that Tolstoy sought to portray, producing an excellent 'companion' for new readers of the novel."--Richard Pevear, best-selling, award-winning translator (with Larissa Volokhonsky) of War and Peace and Anna Karenina
"Give War and Peace a Chance...is an enthusiastic primer to Tolstoy's most famous work, which shows how genuinely exciting it can be to read."--The Toronto Star
"If you come from a family, then you'll understand [War and Peace's] deepest meaning, thanks to Mr. Kaufman's erudition and scholarship."--The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[Kaufman's] argument is mischievously compelling: Why waste money on motivational tapes and seminars when this fictional account of the Napoleonic Wars provides greater salve for the soul?....An attaboy to Kaufman for reminding us of its relevance to our anxious century."--The Miami Herald
"Once you have taken Kaufman's well--informed yet unintimidating tour of the Russian classic, it will very likely move up to the top of your literary bucket list. Kaufman's mission is to share the wonder and power of this ageless novel he so clearly reveres and to make the case for its continuing relevance in the 21st century. He succeeds admirably.... Even without ever having cracked the spine of the novel itself, readers will feel as if they have, coming to know its characters and their dreams, failures and destinies. [Kaufman] brings them to life with such affection that even the most flawed among them becomes someone we wish to know better."--Bookpage
"Kaufman looks to the novel for guidance, 'not so much as a set of answers to life's every challenge as an attitude toward living.' [He] makes Tolstoy's characters lively and palpable... [and Kaufman's] enticing invitation may well persuade readers to finally dive into one of the world's most acclaimed--and daunting--novels."--Kirkus Reviews
"A serious, thoughtful inquiry into how literature can affect and change people's lives... Do give this fine, perceptive book a chance; it'll leave you more than ready to tackle Tolstoy's triumphant work."--Shelf Awareness