War & Peace (Cliffs Notes)

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In CliffsNotes on War and Peace, you discover Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece -- an epic novel of Russian society in the early 19th century. The novel combines the personal stories of members of three ...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on War and Peace, you discover Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece -- an epic novel of Russian society in the early 19th century. The novel combines the personal stories of members of three prominent Russian families with the historical backdrop of Russia's war with France.

Summaries and commentaries guide you through each chapter of the novel, and critical essays help you understand the structure, themes, and technical devices used in writing the novel. Other features that help you study include

  • A section on the life and background of Leo Tolstoy
  • Analyses of the major characters
  • Review questions and essay topics

Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822013662
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1967
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Life of Leo Tolstoy 5
Synopsis of War and Peace 8
List of Main Characters
Bolkonsky Family 12
Bezuhov Family 13
Rostov Family 13
Kuragin Family 14
Major Historical Figures 14
Other Characters 15
Summaries and Commentaries
Part I15
Part II24
Part III28
Part IV32
Part V36
Part VI42
Part VII49
Part VIII51
Part IX57
Part X63
Part XI71
Part XII78
Part XIII83
Part XIV85
Part XV88
First Epilogue 92
Second Epilogue 96
Character Analyses
Pierre Bezuhov 102
Prince Andrey Bolkonsky 103
Natasha Rostov 104
Nikolay Rostov 105
Historical Figures 105
Structure 106
Themes 108
Technical Devices
Transitions 110
Symbols 110
Physical Description 111
Irony 111
Interior Monolog 112
Questions for Discussion 112
Selected Bibliography 113
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