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  • Eugene Gant And The Abridged Novel
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    Look Homeward, Angel Abridged If there were ever a model for coming of age novels, Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, would be perfect. The story of Eugene Gant is unique and inspiring. The reader's attention is caught from the beginning and hooked until the end. In reading the abridged version, it is easy to follow the life of young Eugene, without a lot of nonsense or change of focus. The main focus is clearly the major happenings in Eugene's life, not the minor details. The abridged versio...
  • Iain Pears Like Stewart
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    Lost in France The Dream of Scipio Iain Pears Jonathan Cape 17.99, pp 392 Golden age crime writers, like bigamists, enjoyed the freedom granted by a double identity. Oxford don J.I.M. Stewart published racy thrillers as Michael Innes; poet C. Day Lewis masqueraded as Nicholas Blake; and 'Edmund Crispin' was in fact the composer Bruce Montgomery. Iain Pears, like Stewart, is a respected academic, the author of a monograph on eighteenth-century collectors, but he's not too proud to publish crime n...
  • Short Story Baxter
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    Charles Baxter Authors often write differently in novels then in short stories. This isn't always the case but most times it is. Charles Baxter writes pretty much the same way in his novel's as he does in his short stories. In all of Baxter's stories, there is always an element of realistic features. There's always something you think could happen to you. Baxter takes real life events but always adds a little twist to plot to intrigue the reader. He is known across America for doing this. His st...
  • Ainsworth's Rookwood And Jack Sheppard
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    In the early nineteenth century, an interest in criminals and the common highwayman arose in Europe. Many magazines in London, such as Bentley's Miscellany, Fraser " 's Magazine, and The Athenaeum featured sections that were reserved for stories about highwayman and their numerous adventures. The growing interest in the subject inspired many authors to write about the various exploits of popular criminals and highwayman. Some prominent examples of this type of novel were Edward Bulwer's Paul Cli...
  • Book And Some People
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    BILLY BUDD There are many ways you can argue if the novel Billy Budd was a good novel or a bad one. You can determine this by looking at such things as plot, character, and the use of language. The book is about a sailor that has been impressed (the act of forcibly taking sailors and making them serve in the navy) by the British navy. It is set in the late 1700's during the French Revolution which overthrew the anarchy, addressed peoples concerns, and it was mainly a focus on human rights. The R...
  • Great Novel
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    Dillion said, "Goodbye, me old son". His hand found the silenced Walther at his waistband under the tunic at his back, it swung up and he fired twice, each bullet striking Marco in the heart and driving him back. We can see from the previous, that the novel, On Dangerous Ground, is not your average book. On the contrary, it's the opposite, because it's filled with murder, betrayal, and lies. This suspenseful novel has a great plot, intriguing characters, and is recommended for young and old adul...
  • Austin And His Oceanographic Team
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    This is the third in the series of Kurt Austin novels coauthored by Cussler and Kemprecos. Austin is a larger-than-life hero in the mold of Dirk Pitt, the central character of more than a dozen novels authored by Cussler alone. His latest adventure includes such good stuff as tidal waves, a mad Russian mining tycoon who thinks he's the tsar, his Rasputin-like assistant, murders, Cossacks charging, Old Ironsides firing, and, oh, yes, the inevitable gorgeous heroine. While the fast-paced plot is w...
  • Fitzgerald's Realistic Construction And Development Of Plot
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    The Great Gatsby: Realism. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been labelled a masterpiece, and perhaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. In order to be revered as a classic, a novel must have one or more qualities that place it above the rest. One of The Great Gatsby's best qualities is Fitzgerald's incredible use of realism. This realism is evident in the development of plot, setting, and characters throughout the novel. The Great Gatsby is well known for its deeply entangled pl...
  • John Grisham's Leading Character
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    John Grisham's Appeal to Contemporary Viewers The success behind the Grisham's novels has come from the author's ability to focus the suspense and drama around the character, rather than the cases the character is involved in. When one looks back into time at the novels and TV shows about law, the authors tended to focus on the cases rather on the drama surrounding the event that took place. In John Grisham's book The Firm, he turns the focus of the audience away from the actual case (s) and ins...
  • President Of Norton And Casey Singleton
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    Airframe, a novel by Michael Crichton was a fairly good book that became very exciting towards the end. It is about the aviation industry and a fictional company named Norton Aircraft that manufactures planes. There is only one main character and the plot of the novel is about a secret plan to destroy the president of Norton. The book gets off to a slow start, but rapidly builds up pace in the last hundred pages. The main character of the novel is Casey Singleton. She is a divorced mother in her...
  • Involved Mr Wormold And His Friend Hasselbacher
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    Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene is an espionage mystery novel. Graham Greene was born in 1904 and educated at Berkhamsted School, where his father was headmaster. In all he has written forty novels, entertainments, plays, children's books, travel books, and collections of essays and short stories. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1966, and was given the O.M. in the 1986 New Year's Honours List. The setting is Havana, Cuba in 1958. This was just before Fidel Castro became president of Cuba...
  • Plot Of A Barth Novel
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    He's showboating again... Coming Soon! John Barth Atlantic Books 14.99, pp 448 Calling John Barth self-conscious is about as helpful as calling Kafka odd. The highly wrought games and puzzles of the postmodern novel Barth helped invent are already self-parodic. Barth writes double-helix narratives in which 'the tangled tango' of life and art always threatens to spiral dizzily out of control. The plot of a Barth novel is never easy to summarise, because writing is the story: 'process as content,'...
  • Characteristics Of The Sensation Novel
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    THE WOMAN IN WHITE: THE CREATION OF A NEW REALISM I had now arrived at that particular point of my walk where four roads met - the road to Hampstead, along which I had returned, the road to Finchley, the road to West End, and the road back to London. I had me- chan ically turned in this latter direction, and was strolling along the lonely high-road - idly wonder- ing, I remember, what the Cumberland young ladies would look like - when, in one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to...
  • Memorable Passage From The Novel
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    Vicky Lopez "The Sun Also Rises" Summer Reading Assignment 1. Explain the significance of the novel's title. The title is significant for two main reasons. One of these is because the book centers around the "Lost Generation" of people post World War I. The other reason is to show that a new generation replaces the old. This is seen in the final set of bullfights in the novel with Belmonte and Pedro Romero. Belmonte is an older matador and he has agreed to return (with certain conditions); he pe...

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