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War & Peace

War & Peace, a Russian novel, was written by Leo Tolstoy and published in 1869. His subjects include the life of the Russian privileged class, the War of 1812 when Napoleon invaded Russia and continued all the way to Moscow, and Tolstoy's own points of view which becomes clearer and clearer as the book progresses.

The early parts of the book deal with daily life, Russian high society, the pressures, hopes, and motivations of both the young and old. The primary focus has been on men and women in their twenties and early thirties with an emphasis on the men.

Exquisite suffering is the phrase that has come to mind as I have been reading over the past few days. The lives of some of our major characters have started to unravel. All their naive hopes and beliefs in success and the future are being challenged in a very harsh present. It is true of all of us that as we start out in our twenties all is possible and there is nothing but promise on the horizon. As we age …