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War and Peace


Aug 05 2003
08:36 am

Slightly Modifying the topic of conversation…

The most impressive attribute of WandP was, for me, the exposition of the Russian culture. Mother Russia and her people are so completely dedicated to each other, to the forwarding of culture, sovreignty of the Russian ideals, etc. Yet, society is inundated by central European flavor, specifically those of the French. High Russian society was thoroughly taken with French culture, to the point of speaking only French in transactions with one another. Tolstoy posits this identity crisis wonderfully in both Anna Karenina and WandP.