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War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Andrei (Andrew) Bolkonsky Timeline and Summary
We meet Andrei in Petersburg with his pregnant wife Liza. Andrei advises Pierre to give up his partying lifestyle. During the first war against Napoleon, Andrei joins the military as an adjutant to General Kutuzov, leaving his wife with his father and sister. He is wounded in battle and has an out-of-body moment while looking at the sky. Napoleon saves him and lets him go. He gets back to his father's estate while his wife is in labor. After she dies in childbirth, Andrei feels guilty about the way he treated her and decides to devote himself to his son and family. In 1809 Andrei meets Natasha at a ball and falls in love with her. They get engaged, but his father doesn't approve and demands that they postpone the marriage for a year. Andrei goes abroad to recover from his war wounds and sends Natasha unromantic letters about his travels. When he returns, he learns that she has ended the engagement and has almost eloped with Anatole. After his father dies, Andrei decides to go back to the army. At the battle of Borodino, he is wounded in the stomach. Along with many of the other wounded, he is taken to Moscow. When Natasha and her family are fleeing, they take many wounded with them, including Andrei. Midway through the flight, Natasha finds out that Andrei is there, and goes to see him. He is very ill and is constantly in and out of consciousness. In the middle of his hallucinations, he realizes that she is with him. Andrei forgives Natasha and is in love with her again. He struggles to stay alive, but eventually just gives up. Andrei's sister and son come to see him for a few days, then he dies.