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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

Anatole and Ippolit Kuragin

Character Analysis

These guys are dynamic duo of the totally perverse Kuragin clan. Just how can a dysfunctional family totally screw up a person? Let's count the ways. First, there's Ippolit, who is basically a low-functioning moron who is constantly making a fool of himself in public. But that's nothing compared to Anatole, who in this day and age would probably be diagnosed with sex addiction or something. He's out to sleep with anything that moves…including, rumor has it, his own sister, Helene. But that's probably what you get when your dad is described as having to fake how he talks to his kids based on what he's seen other people do.