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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 features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

The new world in CliffsNotes on Brave New World is not a good place to be. Readers have used the word "dystopia," meaning "bad place," to describe Huxley's fictional world.

But your experience studying this novel won't be bad at all when you rely on this study guide for help. Meet John the Savage and enter Huxley's witty and disturbing view of the future. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of major players
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Critical essays
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An insightful commentary on Huxley's "Brave New World" 9 mai 2004
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If you are teaching Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel "Brave New World" in class, as I am with my Utopian Images: Fact & Fiction course, then the main thing you want to know about this CliffsNotes on that particular book is that the two critical essays that appear in the back of this volume deal with "Society and the Individual in 'Brave New World'" and "'Brave New World Revisited': Further Thoughts on the Future." So as long as you avoid or proscribe these topics in terms of any sort of major writing assignment associated with "Brave New World," you do not have to worry about students abusing this little black and yellow-stripped book.
The tag team of Charles Higgins and Regina Higgins begin with a section devoted to the Life and Background of the Author, that covers Huxley's early years, education, jobs, literary writing, and honors and awards. This sets up "Brave New World" as the work that changed Huxley from a satirist into a social philosopher. The Introduction to the Novel section introduces readers to the historical background of the novel, which gives an indication of the real world circumstances that Huxley was responding ot, as well as a brief summary of the field of utopian fiction, the way the structure of the novel defied the conventions of such fiction, and a brief synopsis of "Brave New World." There is also a list of a dozen characters, getting down to the level of Pope and Mitsmima, as well as one of those Character Maps with which the CliffsNotes folks are so enamored.
The Critical Commentary section goes chapter by chapter, providing a summary along with a section of commentary that denotes paragraphs devoted to (a) themes, (b) style & language, (c) character insight, and (d) literary devices. The look at each chapter ends with a glossary of difficult words and phrases, as well as allusions and historical references, which is extremely helpful. This is followed by a section providing Character Analyses of Bernard Marx, John the Savage, Lenina, Linda, The D.H.C., Mustapha Mond, and Helmholtz Watson. Then there are the two aforementioned Critical Essays, the CliffsNotes Review and the CliffsNotes Resource Center, which provides books, Internet sources, and films and other recordings dealing with Huxley and his novel. There is even an index, with is a nice addition (something they did not have when I was a mere lad).
As always, my view is that the best way of using this CliffsNotes volume is to go directly to the Critical Commentaries section after you read each chapter. Use the summary to reinforce your undersanding of what happened in the chapter along with the commentaries. If you are reading the novel you might look at the glossary for each chapter as you are doing the actual reading (which, of course, you know you should be doing), but that is really the only thing you want to look at ahead of time. The other sections of this book will be much more useful to you once you have read the book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 12 juillet 2014
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Good review of the text, themes, and characters. Read along with the original text.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Helps understand the book better 15 mai 2014
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Like the "Hamlet" book, as I read "Brave New World" the CliffNotes book was a big help at understanding what was going on and what the characters represent, ect. If you get "Brave New World", getting this book can be very useful when you read the novel.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are assigned a paper, get this book for support. 26 novembre 2013
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Everything I needed to know to help write my 10 page paper on Huxley's Dystopia that Brave New World depicts.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent 10 mars 2013
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Excellent Cliffs Notes on this novel; very thorough in its assessment of all English class requirements - son got an "A"; - and that's what mattered.
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