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The book I chose for my book report is “War and Peace”, written by Lev (Leo) Nikolaevich Tolstoy. The book is volume 1 and follows many characters through a time when the brink of war in Russia is close at hand. The book is centered on five aristocratic families and the issues they all face. Some face going to fight in the war, while others face the ideas of what is right and wrong.
The book opens up at party in St. Petersburg in 1805, hosted by one of the main characters Anna Pavlovna Scherer. During this time they are talking about the threat Napoleon has on Russia. Anne even says “Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you ...view middle of the document...

Anna has gone to Moscow, to stay with her rich relatives, the Rostovs. The mother and youngest daughter of the Rostovs are celebrating their name day, which is a celebration of the Christian Saint whom they were named after. One of the Rostov’s daughters, Natasha, is hanging out with her brother Nicholas, Boris his friend, and Sonya who is Count Rostov’s niece. They start talking about the army. Nicholas says that he is joining because of a sense of vocation and not to follow Boris. Later we see Sonya Nicholas fighting and Sonya crying. This is because Nicholas was flirting with Julie Karagina who is a guest at the Rostova household. While arguing Boris shows up and Natasha tries to get a kiss from him and forces a joking-promise of marriage in four years.
We then see Countess Rostova and Anna discuss financial worries. Anna hopes that Boris’s godfather, Count Cyril Bezukhov, will help Boris. So Anne and Boris visit his dying godfather to see if he can help. When they reach his home they are greeted by Vasili Kuragin, who is the current heir to the Bezukhov fortune. Boris goes upstairs to see Pierre, who was expelled from St. Petersburg for riotous conduct. While they talk about their lives and financial situations, Countess Rostova asks her husband for money to afford Boris’s military uniform.
Next there is dinner at the Rostovs. A few of the guests are an officer, Berg and Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova. Over the course of dinner, Nicholas blurts out that Russia must conquer or die. After dinner, Natasha looks for Sonya and finds her crying. She is cyrying because she loves her cousin Nicholas and will never be married to him. While this...

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