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  • Novel Caitlin Changes In The Novel
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    Title: Breathing Underwater Author: Alex Flinn Pages: 236 Summary: Breathing Underwater is about an teenage boy at the age of 16 who is in love with his girlfriend, but does not really know how to treat her right. He claimed to have loved his girlfriend a lot and often did not listen to what he has to say about things and disagrees with her which causes him to get angry. One day he had gotten very angry and had slapped her, not knowing what had got into him he apologized for his behaviour and sa...
  • Prominent Theme In Things Fall Apart
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    The Ongoing Conflicts of Gender: A Prominent Theme in Things Fall Apart There are constant struggles between gender, identity, commodification, and class. Among the men and women in many African tribes that still exist today, there are divergences, which will always remain intact because of the culture and the way in which they are taught to treat each other. China Achebe wrote the novel, Things Fall Apart, which is a great piece of African literature that deals with the Igbo culture, history, a...
  • Joel And Tony
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    Marion Dane Bauer, On My Honor. Clarion, 1986.90 pp. Marion Bauer certainly followed in the tradition of great novels. On My Honor is set in the hot summer of a small city. It explores the stress we put on ourselves to express blame and feel guilt when blamed. The biggest heartache is when you blame yourself for things that could not be prevented, or were not your fault. That is what Joel did. The setting was the Vermillion. Tony called it Old Man River, which is a nickname for the Mississippi. ...
  • Cash The Patriarchal Center Of His Family
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    In reading the novel As I Lay Dying, many questions arose in my mind. However, the one that plagued me was the question that I could not pin down. All of the characters in the book have a personality and play a certain role in the tale. However, the one character who fascinated me, yet I could not explain was Cash. Is Cash a bigger player in the novel than it appears on the surface I believe he is. Cash is the cog in the family that keeps the others from spinning away. Cash becomes, throughout t...
  • Book Reviewer
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    Bring out the big guns The War Against Clich Martin Amis (Vintage) A combative title for a collection of what is considered - by non-practitioners - to be a genteel art: book-reviewing. Well, it's not. And fighting against clich is as good a stance as any to adopt. Here is Amis on Michael Crichton's The Lost World (Malcolm and Rossiter, incidentally, are "characters" in the novel): "The characterization has been delegated to two or three thrashed and downtrodden adverbs". (Amis here inserts a de...
  • Next Big Thing
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    Death of strong feelings The Next Big Thing by Anita BrooknerViking 16.99, pp 244 It's a shock to come across a novel of Anita Brookner's with as jaunty a title as The Next Big Thing, but the jaunty mood is confined to the title. The 'next big thing' expected by the characters in the book is what Henry James called 'the distinguished thing' - death. Brookner's fiction of the 1980's was an odd mixture of astringency and wallowing: reading Hotel du Lac, for instance, for which she won the Booker P...
  • Fifties The Fear Of Communism
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    Rebellion in the Fifties During the Fifties the United States was filled with confidence but at the same time insecurity. The United States emerged from WWII as a global superpower and a symbol for freedom. The United States saw its role in world affairs as the protector of free countries from communism. The fear of communism expansionism during the fifties was a major issue. Communism represented radical thinking and ideas, a shift away from conservatism thinking or a shift away from the center...
  • Anita Brookner
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    How to rearrange the past The Next Big Thing by Anita Brookner 247 pp, Penguin Fashion has not favoured Anita Brookner, whose 21st novel, published just over two decades after her first, continues a loyal aesthetic engagement with mourning and melancholy that frequently attracts criticism rather than praise. When Dame Gillian Beer's Orange prize lecture praised the liberation of contemporary women's writing from the straitjacket of romantic obsession, Brookner's name came up - peculiarly, twinne...
  • Novel The Way
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    1. How do I feel about this novel The way I feel about this novel is kind of mixed because, I couldn't tell if Mr. King was trying to scare me like it was a horror story or if he was trying to make this story more Science Fiction. The way I reacted, when he starts to talk about the power of Charlie McGee and how she is starting to realize her strengths. It freaked me out, because how could somebody have that much power. The way this novel relates to me and others is, when McGee starts to become ...
  • Rain Throughout The Novel
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    There are many different things that are repetitively evident throughout ErnestHemingway's A Farewell To Arms. Such things as rain, alcohol, and food are talked about over and over as the novel progresses. At first glance, these reoccurring item shave no real meaning, but after further research and complete dissection of the novel, there are hidden meanings behind each one. These meanings may vary from person topers on because they are personal opinions, but the items which contain these meaning...

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