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  • Ten Years Of Matilda's Life
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    Guy de Maupassant's 'The Necklace " During the course of Guy de Maupassant's short story 'The Necklace,' the main character, Matilda Loisel, makes a number of ironic discoveries. In addition, there are other discoveries that the reader makes but Matilda does not. The discovery that forms the story's climax concerns the true nature of the necklace she has borrowed from her friend Mrs. Forestier. But this is perhaps not the most important lesson of this story. As the story opens, Matilda, a young ...
  • Two Of Carver's Stories About Neighbors
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    A silence fell in August of 1988, when Raymond Carver died, in the very prime of his career. Yet, if one looks closely at his work, there is always something of that silence present in his stories, in his style which seems to tell so little, yet suggest so much. As Susan Lohafer had described reading him, While it might seem that we could be bored by Carver's lean style (as we surely are by imitations of Hemingway), we are in fact kept alert by having to look through the interstices for the mean...
  • Yossarian's Friends
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    This paper is about the book Catch-22 written by Joseph Heller. This zany wartime story covers the last months of World War II through the perspective of several different characters, all of whom belong to the same air force squadron. All of the characters in the story have some kind of personal problem, which also is psychological in nature. In fact the whole theme of the story is about the craziness of life, war, and people. Catch-22 is the common phrase for a snag or loophole that refuse a pe...
  • Mr Apostle
    296 words
    When Good Seagulls go bad: Sure, we all have those stories, you know, the embarrassing ones that you never ever tell anyone else. And by these stories I mean the ones that tickle that point in your imagination that triggers both fear and rage. I'm talking about seagull attacks. I myself, the writer of the story have felt the sting of the seagulls in the courtyard. More and more people each day are being attacked. It all started when people thought that it would be funny to throw French fries at ...
  • Stories By Ms Balogh And Ms Lovelace
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    It's unfortunate for some anthologies that we rate a book as a whole because most anthologies have stories of varying quality so that the good stories suffer with the inclusion of less worthy companions. The Gifts of Christmas is no exception. I hope that readers won't be deterred from considering purchase of this anthology because of its three heart rating, but I couldn't in good conscience give it any additional stars. If I could rate each story individually, that would give readers a more acc...
  • Whole Towns Sleeping
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    Many things create fear, loneliness, isolation, the supernatural, darkness. all of these things are fears of one things, the unknown. The Whole Towns Sleeping's structure is unusual in the way in which it ends abruptly leaving the story open to be finished, leaving the reader wanting more. Building up tension throughout the story and quickly dispelling it but at the end the tension is never explained away making the ending of the story hang in your mind and making you realize how involved with t...
  • Sicilian Accordion Maker And His Dream
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    Accordion Crimes is a difficult book to place in a single time period because the story takes place over about 100 years, originating in a small Sicilian village, but the main setting and focus is the United States. The various settings introduced in the book influenced the characters in various ways, but one instance of influence was great enough to cause his death. The accordion maker was literally ruled over by his setting. The setting around him was one of oppression that worked against him ...

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