Thursday

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Just finished reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It has been said that every book lover has two favorites. If it is true, one is ought to be War and Peace. A book possessed by many and read by few. Having once read it, one is certain to turn it to again, to get mesmerized and to experience ever possible human emotion. The characters of this book became as real to us as people whom we have know all our lives. Every possible human emotions find its place in this magnum opus.

Here I quote few of my favorite excerpts from War and Peace

War & Peace-Book 10-Chapter VII-Para I
"A Good Chess player having lost a game is sincerely convinced that his loss resulted from a mistake he made and looks for that mistake in the opening, but forgets that at each stage of the game there were similar mistakes and none of his moves were perfect. He only notices the mistake to which he pays attention, because his opponent took advantage of it. How much more complex than this is the game of war, which occurs under certain limits of time, and where it is not one will that manipulates lifeless object, but everything result from innumerable conflicts of various wills! ".

War & Peace-Book 14-Chapter XII-Para IX
"He learned that there is no condition in which man can be happy and entirely free, so there is no condition in which he need to unhappy and lack freedom. He learned that suffering and freedom have their limits and that those limits are very near together; that the person in bed of roses with one crumpled petal suffered as keenly as, sleeping on the bare damp earth with one side growing chilled while the other was warming." 

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Matangi Mawley said...

I have read Tolstoy's short stories... never got around to read this particular book... back then, it did not interest me.

but-

"...game of war, which occurs under certain limits of time, and where it is not one will that manipulates lifeless object, but everything result from innumerable conflicts of various wills! ".

that did it...

good blog!

Enigma said...

@ Matangi Mawley

Thank you for your comment

I sincerely encourage you to read War & Peace and I can guarantee, you wont regret your decision.

In between , I have read few of Tolstoy short stories which includes Exiled to Siberia(a smaller version of this short story is also narrated in War and Peace), Father Sergius and Ofcouse Three Hermits.

M.B said...

I can't thank you enough for posting the quote... I've been searching for that very paragraph for 4 months now and now I've got it, thanks to you.

"Here besides he law of retrospection, which regards all he past as a preparation for evens that subsequently occur, the law of reciprocity comes in, confusing the whole matter. A good chess player having lost a game..."

Thanks again

Enigma said...

Your Welcome!

I am glad you find it useful.