Material For War and Peace

I've attempted reading this but cant for the life of me get a good grasp of the era the story takes place in. Everything seems too foreign for me. If you can recommend some material be it books, movies, documentaries etc. That will help remedy this please do so

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It takes place in the 19th century in Russia you fricking tard

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yes, neither you nor me were alive then. you cant pick up a book pertaining to a wildly different era with no background knowledge of said era and expect to understand everything that's going on.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >it takes place in the past therefore it's incomprehensible
        If this isn't bait, how moronic are you? Even if you've NEVER been exposed to any kind of 19th century aesthetic or classical Russian aesthetic (severly doubt you've never seen the first one, you not seeing the second is more plausible but still doubt), the book itself would be your introduction to this time and place, necessarily. I feel like I'm talking to someone with Asperger's here, Christ I can't believe I have to explain this to you. And you don't NEED to understand EVERYTHING you fricking autist

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          not my fault you cant appreciate work past the superficialities

          Watch Barry Lyndon.
          It takes place a few decades earlier than Napoleonic era War and Peace, and it's not in Russia, but it'll give you a decent idea of elite Euro culture at the time, i.e. the fashion, balls, gambling, estates, whatever

          Pick up any pop history book about the French Revolution and Napoleonic era. Watch the 1970 film Waterloo. Listen to the Revolutions podcast episodes covering the French revolution.

          What sorts of things seem too foreign?

          thank you

          >What sorts of things seem too foreign?
          everything in general, never was exposed to anything of that time period in a meaningful manner

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            it is endearing to me that you're so forthright about your ignorance. just search up some 1800's documentary on youtube or some such. also set up some historical goalposts for yourself. I like to remind myself that the american civil war took place in the 1860's and the napoleonic wars during the 1810's. it is insane how stuff old to us were already old to the old stuff to us now.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >not my fault you can't appreciate work past the superficialities
            What the actual frick are you talking about? Like actually what the frick do you mean? If anybody can't appreciate the work past its superficialties it's you.
            >I've never experienced the setting so I won't be able to appreciate the work
            is what you're implying with your own posts and setting can be the most superficial aspect of any work. Just read the fricking book already. goddamn you're a huge homosexual

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        …Why not?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Haven't read the book, maybe some Russian history book lol

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i read it. forgot everything after a week. read anna karenina it is way more fricking enjoyable and fun.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I obviously intend to read that aswell

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Watch Barry Lyndon.
    It takes place a few decades earlier than Napoleonic era War and Peace, and it's not in Russia, but it'll give you a decent idea of elite Euro culture at the time, i.e. the fashion, balls, gambling, estates, whatever

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Pick up any pop history book about the French Revolution and Napoleonic era. Watch the 1970 film Waterloo. Listen to the Revolutions podcast episodes covering the French revolution.

    What sorts of things seem too foreign?

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can view the movie adaptation (in Russian) on Youtube, so maybe htat will help you. Basically think of the Napoleonic era.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't know if this is good advice. While watching the movie I felt like I was expected to be familiar with the book and the plot. It wasn't a problem for me since I was familiar with it, but for OP it might just be confusing.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Watch the PBS documentary on Napoleon, it’s four hours and available on YouTube. Then read Dead Souls and the Brigadier Gerard stories. Then you should be ready

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Even better would be Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >he hasn't danced the mazurka
    >he hasn't lit the samovar
    >he doesn't hold the sugar cube between his teeth while sipping tea
    >he doesn't duel to protect his honor
    >he doesn't ride in the Troika
    >he hasn't earned distinction in the military or government service
    >he hasn't discovered the simple peasant's way of life is superior
    Ngmi

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    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

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