A Taste of War and Peace

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“It is beyond the power of the human intellect to encompass all the causes of any phenomenon. But the impulse to search into causes is inherent in man’s very nature.”

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

This New Year’s day, BBC has released a new 10-hour dramatisation by Timberlake Wertenbaker of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In short, this story depicts the challenges faced by three russian aristocratic family in tsarist Russia during the invasion by the french.

This may be the chance for some of you to enjoy Tolstoy’s words again, or to discover them for those who haven’t had a chance yet.

For those who find the book and the dramatisation daunting, you can also enjoy the abbreviated and diluted version by watching King Vidor’s 1956 rendition starring Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda, or the 2007 TV mini-series directed by Robert Dornhelm with Clémence Poesy and Alessio Boni.

For the next 4 weeks, you may find the links here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wz7q2/episodes/guide

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