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Clever and entertaining

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Reviewed: 27-08-2020

History of Russian society at the time but without the boredom of a history lesson. Tolstoy notices the nuances and subtleties in people, he gets so close at times you feel embarrassed that the character is so exposed. He has such a keen eye for detail and seeing into someone's soul. Tolstoy has a reputation that is almost beyond comparison and then you read one of his books and you understand most certainly why. The first 10 pages or so I did not like the narration but after that got use to Maggie Gyllenhaal and thought nobody could have narrated it any finer, she was a great choice.

Brilliantly written and cleverly executed.

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Reviewed: 27-08-2020

Amor Towles I think will go down as one of the great writers of our time. Don't disappoint yourself by missing out on seeing his brilliance and mastery.

It exceeds its reputation and my expectations.

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Reviewed: 27-08-2020

I miss this book in my life, and I finished it 3 months ago! I kept thinking all the way through it that Tolstoy would have been so pleased that the narrating was done so well. It is a master piece! It makes you think about things very differently to, for example what really happens when young men go into battle for the very first time. how clumsy they are and how they cannot get out of the way of their fear which makes them clumsier, but then how they regale the battle with great pride forgetting most of their mistakes. It was refreshing writing and take on battle, society and families, raw and honest, but compassionate. Tolstoy writes with much experience for all these facets. I also appreciated the history lesson in the Napoleonic Wars, which was interlaced into the story. War and Peace comes with a big reputation....but I am pleased to say it carries every word of it, it is a phenomenal book, do yourself a favour and read it!

Captivating

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Reviewed: 27-08-2020

You know a book is good when you miss the characters long after the book is finished. I also learned a lot of history from this book as it was intertwined with the story line, so I feel more learned about English history having read it. John Lee as the narrator for the book also did an excellent job. I really enjoyed this book.

I felt more worthy because I had read it

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Reviewed: 17-05-2019

This is a powerful book because it does two things, it makes one aware of the plight of women in theirs world countries but it also inspires hope in all of us in the way they strategically band together to provide opportunities for the next generation. I also thought the way the Gates foundation operates in these areas is clever, they research what is working and then rally behind it, rather then walk in and espouse their views, they go with whatever works. There were lots of things in the book that also related to Western Marriages and women trying to get ahead in a male dominated workforce.

Uplifting book whilst also morbidly fascinating

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Reviewed: 06-05-2019

Fascinating and uplifting book on how we assimilate and work through tragedy. It is also a must as a ‘handbook’ to know how to be the right kind of person to support others through a crisis be it a relative, friend or colleague.