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  • One Of His Novel Gibson
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    Around the late 1970's and the early 1980's a new genre of fiction was beginning to emerge. A derivative of science fiction, cyberpunk was a fresh new addition to what was primarily American literature. One of the pioneers of this new niche was William Gibson. In 1984 William Gibson's first novel was printed. Neuromancer went on to win the Nebula, Hugo and Philip K. Dick awards, all are high honors amongst science fiction novelists. It was a rare feat for one book to win all three awards. Neurom...
  • Sexual Ised For Kreitman
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    The bad sex guide Who's Sorry Now Howard Jacobson 326 pp, Jonathan Cape Who'd be a man, a woman or a child in a novel by Howard Jacobson I didn't notice any animals getting it in the neck (apart from an off-stage cat), but that must surely be an oversight, because Who's Sorry Now is, in its simplest form, an extended examination of unhappiness and misery. It has, by way of philosophical contortion, the added complication that some of its characters can only pursue happiness via unhappiness; othe...
  • Atwood's The Robber Bride
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    Depending on how you look at Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride, Timsoncalls it an 'upmarket melodrama'; whereas Martin refers to it as a novel " confronting politically correct feminism'; . The truth is it isn " teit her of these. While some of the situations are greatly exaggerated, this book comments on the way that women interact with each other on a day-to-day basis. Atwood tells the story of three women, and how the yare drawn together because they have all been double-crossed by a mutual ...
  • Cruel Rules From The Institute
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    In my opinion, McMurphy is the real hero of the novel and the saviour of the institution. McMurphy starts off as an ordinary person with no medical problems and almost from the start of the novel, he realizes what's going on in the institute and works to help the inmates get out of the "fog". Everyone else in the institute is quite, but McMurphy is strong and loud, and always seemed to entertain all the inmates with his jokes and new ideas. He also changed the way the inmates think and was the l...
  • Muriel Pritchett Vs Sarah Leary
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    Muriel Pritchett vs. Sarah Leary: Macon's Choice Compared to other novels that deal with love affairs and romances, The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler is different because it takes the reader on a trip through the character's minds. Macon Leary's wife separates herself from him. Their problems begin with the death of their son, Ethan Leary. That is not to say that they agree on raising him, because they didn't. "When Ethan was born, he only brought out more of their differences" (16). They cho...
  • Randolph And Joel
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    American literature in the thirties and forties, was dominated by social consciousness. The preferred fiction was sociological prose, much of it naturalistic. Thus, when Other Voices, Other Rooms was published soon after World War II, it was criticized as being out of the main stream. Within a decade, however, as other young writers gained renown, it became apparent that Truman Capote's novel was a piece in a new pattern of fiction, one that was described by terms such as narcissistic, grotesque...
  • Turner's Novel Aves Sin Ni
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    Clorinda Matto de Turner's novel Aves sin ni do was published in July 1889. It's release caused great controversies amongst intellectuals; some praising it for its accurate portrayal of Peruvian life, such as the then-president Andr " es Ave lino C'a ceres who wrote a letter of praise to Matto de Turner saying that her novel had stimulated him to pursue much needed reforms, and others condemning it for its social critique of the national model of Peru and for its anticlerical tone. But no matter...
  • Jody And Vonny Share
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    In the book titled Illumination Night, Alice Hoffman has clearly defined each character, attributing to them the most unique and distinctive traits, but giving enough 'elbow room' for parallelism between them. As the characters struggle with family relationships, social acceptance, restriction and betrayal, they are forced to cooperate with one another; they "can't afford to be nasty to each other when the live on an island. No matter where they go, they " re bound to run into each other" (Illum...
  • Norris McTeague
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    Didacticism in Frank Norris' McTeague Didacticism in Frank Norris' McTeague Frank Norris' Mcteague's niche in American Literature has been characterized again and again as strictly Naturalist. The novel does well in this genre. Among other things, it is a scientific, representative, pessimistic study of the common people or lower and middle classes which ultimately ends in tragedy. It is not the purpose of this essay to dispute these qualifications; rather to question the genre itself. The scien...
  • Michael Crichton Novels
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    Airframe Michael Crichton For unknown reasons, the almost flawless N-22 Norton aircraft suffers severe turbulence during TPA flight 545. As a result of three fatalities and fifty-six injuries, a spiral of investigations, terrible apprehensions, and horrible threats plague the Norton Aircraft Plant. From the first page, the seemingly dull plot of Airframe grabs the reader's attention. With political trouble in the plant, a deadline for the investigation, and rumors of mutiny, the novel is filled ...
  • Kurt Vonnegut's Second Novel
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    'It took us that long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. ' (Vonnegut: 220) The Sirens of Titan is Kurt Vonnegut's second novel. He has written it in 1959, seven years after his previous Player Piano. It has been described as a pure science fiction novel and, after only one reading, it really can be considered to be one. The intricate plot and fascinating detail may obscure the serious intent of the novel. If compare...
  • Cannibals In Heart Of Darkness
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    novels. Throughout Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness the importance of restraint is greatly stressed. This being the restraint to remain human and maintain sanity. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow was able to remain his restriant despite how difficult it was for him. He was always surrounded by cannibals and constant chaos. On the other hand, Kurtz was unable to keep his restriant, as a result he lost his humanity and sanity, and eventually died because of it. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph is ab...
  • Story In The Opening Lines
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    The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, begins the story in the opening lines. The introduction gets the readers attention because of its plot movement and extreme details. This particular introduction, unlike most other works contains the climax to the story. This paper will show the importance of these introductory lines. "When Gregor Sams a woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous vermin". This line greatly moves the plot, more so than any other line. I...
  • Dunstan Ramsay And Percy Boyd Staunton
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    Robertson Davies novel, Fifth Business, revolves around guilt, competition, and two men who are foils of each other. Although Dunstan Ramsay and Percy Boyd Staunton are parallels to each other, they contrast in a great number of ways. Their awkward relationship plays a significant role in the number of elements which make Fifth Business such an interesting story. While Dunstan Ramsay had never been too interested in competing with Percy Boyd Staunton, Percy from a young age saw Dunny as a rival....
  • Novel Margaret Laurence
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    Bram Shapely A character who stood for the average middle class man of the time. Bram was rejected by the citizens of Mana wak. For if Hagar could have her way, Bram would have been a different man. In the novel Margaret Laurance describes the character with a rough exterior with a soft heart. Laurance was successful in representing "the living individual" in this case. Bram was a hard worker when he wanted to be, but his theory in life, take what you need, not what you want really helped explai...
  • Butler's First Novel
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    Unlike so many other Vietnam veterans who deal with the war primarily through the eyes of American combatants, Robert Olen Butler, an Army translator in Saigon in 1971, has opted to create a much wider spectrum of plot considerations and characters in "The Deep Green Sea' (Henry Holt, $23) to populate his fictive world. "A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain,' for instance, was a collection of 15 stories told in the voices of Vietnamese refuges, seven of them women, who have been transplanted fro...
  • Scotty And Joan
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    Jon Doe An Ocean in Iowa Joan, the mother in Peter Hedges's e cond novel, "An Ocean in Iowa,' is onstage for only part of the book but she hovers over every page. She's that new icon: the woman who landed in suburbia by mistake. She's an artist, a dedicated smoker and the shelter, the best friend, the nonconformist inspiration in the life of her 7-year-old son, Scotty, the novel's hero. She's also an alcoholic, but it's a measure of what's good about this novel that Hedges doesn't present her dr...

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