dear post:lost horizon

The lost horizon is all about passengers on a plane which get kidnapped,but the problem is they have no idea where they are going.They end up crashing in the platue of tibet to then soon find out that they are in shang ga ri la of china where in the past it is said to be a valley of everlasting youth with people who live up to 100 years old.”a full moon rose,touching each peak in succesion like some celestial lamp -light,until the long horizon glittered against a blue-black sky”(65)i like this quote because it tell you a lot about the scenery of this magical valley and the atmosphere in this situation.it can also tell how far away from any modern civilization from “the long horizon”

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Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451” describes a dystopian world in which everybody lives purely for pleasure. Books are outlawed as they create conflict, and firemen are not employed to stop fires, but to start fire and burn down books. People do not bother spending time to read books, enjoy nature, or take time to think about the world around them. Instead, they enjoy pure entertainment with giant television sets all over their homes.

 

The title refers to a rough estimate of the temperature paper catches fires and burns in, which I think is very interesting, as the idea of ‘burning’ becomes a very important theme later on in the story.

 

Below are some quotes I liked (They are all from chapter 1, close to the back. I won’t write down the page number because I read an e-book and the page system is different.):

 

“It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thought down, looking around at the world and life and then I come along in two minutes and boom! it’s all over.”

 

“I want to be happy, people say. Well, aren’t they? Don’t we keep them moving, don’t we give them fun? That’s all we live for, isn’t it? For pleasure, for titillation? And you must admit our culture provides plenty of these.”

 

“Colored people don’t like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.”

 

“Funerals are unhappy and pagan? Eliminate them, too. Five minutes after a person is dead he’s on his way to the Big Flue, the Incinerators serviced by helicopters all over the country. Ten minutes after death a man’s a speck of black dust… Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.”

 

 

These quotes left me many questions to think about. Can living for pure enjoyment really make someone happy? The novel describes a society where everybody lives “for pleasure, for titillation”. Anything that’s disfavored is burned, anything that does not provide enough pleasure is burned. People in that society live get entertainment from watching other people’s lives, but they do not realize they live in a world full of fantasy, of imaginary characters they might never meet and will never become. Plunging themselves in a sea of pure pleasure, the residents do not know anything about their own culture or, most importantly, themselves. They never take time off their ‘busy schedule’ to reflect on themselves. In a society in which precious wisdom and experience is burnt and forgotten in seconds, can people really become fully happy? What does it take to be happy? What actually is the definition of being happy?

 

The idea of fire is also mentioned throughout the story — “Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.” However, can everything disappear just by burning them and pretending that they never existed? Can burning physical objects really help us forget things that are hidden deep inside our heart? Are we doing all this to create a better world, or is everything plainly an excuse to run away from the things we dislike, from the realistic and brutal side of the world we loathe? I believe nobody will ever find the complete answers to these questions, but reading this book can at least leave us pondering about the world in which we live in.

 

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Icefire by Chris d’Lacey

Icefire by Chris d’Lacey is a book set in the 21′st century with mythological dragons made out of clay. The main character is a geography student living in a house with a lady and her daughter their profession is making dragons out of clay and selling them. While making a new dragon David (the main character) says, “They are out of proportion surely?” “he looks like he is wearing baseball gloves. Why are they so big?” (10) I really liked this quote because it shows a bit of humour and it has descriptive words. It also sets the thought for the rest of the page as well, it has reappearing occurrences throughout the book.

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Gone- Lisa Mcmann

I am reading the book Gone by Lisa Mcmann which is the third book in the series. In this book someone significant comes into her life changing everything and she finds out many things about her family that she never knew before. “Henry Feingold. Janie says. the name sounds empty. It has no meaning to her. It doesn’t sound like what she imagined her fathers name would be.” This quote is on page 32. I think this is important to the book because it shows you about how much she knows about her father and the significant figure who comes into her life but she doesn’t even know. When she says “it doesn’t sound like what she imagined her fathers name would be” she thought he was a completely different person; that she thought he didn’t look like that but over time she starts to think more of him and who he is so he does become a significant figure to her.

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns by john green is a fiction novel with bits of many different genres, like: mystry,adventure,love and comedy. It is written in the main charactor Quentin’s point of view, there fore the language used in the book is casual and rebel teenage like.  I started reading paper towns because i just finished reading another book  ‘the fault in our tars’ by the same author, John Green. And his books are not just more high school cliche love stories. I have only read half of the book but it is pretty amazing.

Till where i’ve read, this is what the book was talking about: Quentin, who has crush on his classmate/neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman. She(margo) always like to disappear and leave clues for her parents to solve, which lead eventually to a dead end. Margo broke into Quentin’s bedroom through the window at midnight and told him that she needed his help with an eleven parts plan whcih involves a lot of trespassing. Quentin later found out that the plan was to get revenge on the ones who lied and cheated on her. Jase, Margo’s ‘boyfriend’ is actually cheating on her with her best friend Becca. Also to thank the ones who helped and told her the truth.( this sounds so much like a highschool cliche, but it’s really not…) After they finished all parts to the plan, they went home, the sun is already up and the new day of school would start in a few hours. Quentin was hoping to see Margo at shcool but she never showed up, instead like she always does, she disappeared and left clues ,this time , for Quentin to solve.

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DEAR Journal Entry

The book is called The Turning by Tim Winton. It is a collection of short stories.

The following quote is from a story called On My Knees, about a maltreated housewife from the perspective of her son. The “she” in this quote is a member of the family hiring her. From page 104, paragraph 8:

Actually, this is about a woman, Mum. What kind of person accuses you of stealing, gives you the sack and then asks you back for one week while she looks for somebody to replace you?

I chose this quote because it emphasizes the irrationality and [...]

Little Brother

Little Brother is a book, written by Cory Doctorow, about a 17 year old hacker (marcus) from san francisco that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. After a bomb blows up the bridge, him and his friends are suspected of playing a part in the attack. So far this book is packed full of excitement and tension, also the hacker side of things is really interesting – It is more for people who like explosions and action in general. “Finally, i was peed out and cryed out and the guy was pounding at the door.” This quote [...]

angels and demons

Angels and demons by Dan Brown is a book based on the secret society called the illuminati, religion and science. The scientist Leonardo Vetra and his daughter, Maximilian Kohler found a way to find and contain antimatter in a vacuum tight container that works with electricity, I’m not exactly sure. If the antimatter touches any normal matter it will explode with the force of many nuclear bombs, the more antimatter, the more power the explosion has.

The illuminati end up killing Leonardo to allow access to the anti matter and because he was a man of God. His daughter and [...]

Dear Journal Entry Part Two

The book I am reading is Percy Jackson; The Titans Curse. I have read up to the 70th page and it is an exciting book so far. “I’d never seen camp Half-Blood like this before, and the snow surprised me” (53) this sentence makes me wonder how the snow got there. In the camp the climate change is controlled, normally it is sunny and warm but its not, which means that the new leader isn’t such a great guy.

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Dear Journal Entry

The book that I’m reading is called Percy Jackson, so far it’s about Anna beth has gone missing and Percy is getting worried. The son of the sun has came to help the gang of Demi gods and he brought them back to camp half blood. I think in the future they will go on an adventure to go find her

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Dear journey entry

Friends forever

 

I started reading this book a week ago and i am a third of my way through this book. Friends forever is written in the third persons point of view about these kids who met on the first day of kindergarden. As the story progresses, the writer talks about all the kids as they grow older. I believe many people will be able to relate to the story because the book includes many typical points of view. There is six kids who are all best friends and stuck together throughout all the tough times. They all grow [...]

Early purges

in my opinion the early purges shows how humans are influenced by how they and their family live e.g. if you lived in a city like london today death would be un-natural however if you lived on a frm death would be natural thing because of how you have grown up to be with your type of enviroment. it also shows how humans adapt to occasions when theyhave committed or have seen them happen such as the young boy only being 6 years old death was un-natural to him but as he continued to watch dan taggart kill the pests [...]

personal thought on poem

my thoughts on early purges is that it tells us a lot about how people have different perspectives when they live in different places.for example when people where in the city they believed the subject of animal cruelty,and while in the farm they do even care.in the farm they believe these animals are pests but this may differ when people have kittens or other “pests” as pets.but this can become really complicated when u ask someone how far they are willing to go to stop animal cruelty

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Game of Thrones

over the summer i have read the noval a Game of Thrones. this book consists of many genres e.g. adventure action and even romance. so it is a good book for anybody with a good range of vocabulary. in the first book two of the familys collide with each other due to the execution of the father of the stark family king edd who was serving as head of the king, and he was executed by the lanasters starting a brutal conflict between the two familys. But other than war the book contains mythical creatures such as dragons and white [...]

The Peom

The poem is about the six year old boy who witnessed kittens being drowned. In the beginning I thought that it was wrong to drown kittens. But in a farmers perspective it might be the right thing to do because kittens are considered as pest where as in a city citizens perspective kittens are kept as pets. The poem is about the different peoples perspectives.

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The Early Purges

The Early Purges is a poem about a little boy who saw a kitten drown by Dan Taggart at the age of six. At the time, he was frightened and the image of the kitten drowning stayed with him for days. When the memories were finally forgotten, it all came flooding back when Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows and pull of the heck of old hens. But as time passed, and the narrator got older, when pups were killed brutally in front of him. All he would say was, ‘Bloody pups’ and feel no remorse.

In my [...]

My thoughts on “The Early Purges”

The Early Purges is an exemplar of the difference that a different up bringing or different environment and actions from what we consider to be a norm may affect a person life or beliefs as well as behaviour. This is evident as the writer expresses his strong disapproval during the first stanza while he shows no remorse only the thought of doing whats best on a farm during the last stanza. I believe that we cannot define what one does as correct or incorrect but whether or not they have a strong enough reason as well as a way to [...]

My Response to “The Early Purges”

I think the poem ‘The Early Purges’ means and tells me that people can get influenced by other people and depending on where you live or where your from have different opinions on things. in this poem the person who is talking, first thinks that animal cruelty is bad and like Dan Taggart, killing the kittens, the things they do on his farm to animals but as he grows up he starts thinking differently about what he thought before since in the end of the poem he starts killing animals like Dan does so his view changed. I think he [...]

Personal response to the poem.

The Early Purge’s writer Seamus Heaney, in the poem described how his opinion has changed over the years.

Contrast between the two charactors is extremly obvious in the first 4 stanzas. Dan Taggart represented the farmer’s point of view on killing animals. can tell from the descriptions ‘ When Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows. Or, with a sickening tug, pulled old hens’ necks’ that farmers feel no guit or pity for the animals as they are being brutally killed. The oppoiste point of view comes from the write as a kid. He was horrified seeing the kittens [...]

My Thoughts On “The Early Purges”

This poem brings up many questions about our world, of which I believe the most important theme to be the difference between how people view the world and how these visions might be caused or affected by the environment.

The contrast between the attitudes of people in town and rural areas is an example of different views from people. People in town, who grew up in an environment in which most people care for animals as pets, and probably in a family with a stable income, would think that killing is cruel. On the other hand, [...]

the early purges

The early purges is a poem about how “pests” were treated at a farm. It starts out with a young child witnessing someone drown kittens in a bucket. At first he is surprised and sad but as he becomes older, he gets used to the deaths of unwanted animals at the farm.

At one point he says,”Still, living displaces false sentiments.” Here he is saying that his own life and wellbeing is more important than the unwanted animals. Some people believe that this is wrong, me included. The whole poem is about moral judgment and how it changes as you [...]

the early purges

The early purges, for me, is about a young boy/girl witnessing a scene that is classed as disturbing for him, yet to dan taggart it is like he is doing them a favour “isnt it better for them now?”. This is portrayed in modern society via euphanasia, and is it right to kill one animal but not another? For example, if your frail old dog was suffering excrutiating pain every day, you would probably put it out of its misery, however, if your grandpa was your dog in this scenario would you try to keep him alive for as long [...]

The Early Purges

I was quite surprised about the topic of the first few stanzas: drowning some kittens. This section and the rest of the poem raise many moral questions; some about whether it is acceptable to kill certain animals and others about the definition of “pest” and species-ism (compare racism). In class we were introduced to the idea that marking something using the word pest made it somehow less than human and acceptable to kill.

Death and morality are both quite touchy subjects, because they allow us to question the beliefs of ourselves and other people. Deciding what animals and plants are [...]

Wake

Over the Summer holidays I read a book called wake by Lisa Mcmann. Nothing is scarier than being pulled into someones nightmare. Thats whats happening to Janie now she’s 17 years old and goes to a school called Fielridge high school. She has an alcoholic mother who is never there for her therefore she spends all her free time in an elderly home. Her best friend is called Carrie, they do lots together and is there for her more than her mother is. Carrie has another best friend called Melinda. Melinda is rich and hates Janie without a doubt.

If [...]

Eragon

I have read a wide range of books and series however I have only gone back and re-read 3-4 of those series. Eragon is included in one of those series. It is written by Christopher Paolini and is set in a mythological place named Alagaesia. The genres of this book are almost identical to the ones that would be ideal to me. Fantasy, adventure, action, mythological and a bit of dungeons and dragons. Ironically that is part of the plot. A small village farm boy, Eragon, who lives in the remote area’s of a mountain range called the Spine, one [...]

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ungifted

Over the summer i read Ungifted;is a book about a boy named Donavan Curtis.Donavan is preserved as a very naughty and mischievous kid.He is also portrait as quite stupid until one day he is accidentally moved to the gifted students program by the headmaster who was actually giving him into trouble.In the end he is caught and is given into a lot of trouble.

i think this book is targeted at people my age because most of the characters are my age and is in a school-like setting.i would recommend this book to readers who are less [...]

The Maze Runner review.

The maze runner by James Dashner is a dystopian fiction novel, also contains bits of romance and adventure. It is written in the third-person’s(narrator’s) prespective. This is the first book in the triology, although there is a fourth book. I would recommend it to people who are into fiction writing, and will not be EXTREMLY disappointed by a tragic ending. The story has lots and lots of twists and the plotline can sometimes be unclear, because there are many things going on all at once. But overall it’s a great book.

The storys talked about a bunch of boys who [...]

Of mice and men contains four topics: American Dream, racism, women’s right and migrant workers. During Steinbeck, the writer’s time, everyone believed in the American dream that rarely came true. Racism was at its worst, women were treated as property and mostly used for sexual pleasure and the amount of migrant workers could have filled up the whole of china.

 

The novel is about two migrant workers who moved around and tried to get a job. The story was based during the Great Depression; thus the two migrants, George and Lennie, believed in the American Dream. George and Lennie’s [...]

dear project – the fault in our stars

The fault in our stars by john green was a sad yet enjoyable, realistic-fiction book. It is about two cancer patients, Gus and Hazel who meet in a support group for other cancer patients. As the book progresses, they begin to fall in love.

At one point, Gus gives up his wish (a “gift” from the make a wish foundation which allows them to get one wish, it can be anything) for Hazel to go to the Netherlands and meet her author however, it doesn’t end well.

Later on, Gus begins to become more and more sick. Eventually, he dies [...]

DEAR: Presentation

Over the summer I read a series of books. My favourite book that I read is Percy Jackson: Lightning thief. It is about Percy who’s father is the God of the sea. His mum is a human, which makes him a demi-god. I enjoyed reading this book because it has my favourite genres; Fantasy and adventure. Readers that would like this book are readers who enjoy reading about fantasy and adventure because Percy and his friends go on many adventures through out the book series. Readers that wouldn’t enjoy reading this book are those who like reading about romance or [...]

As a writer

As as writer, I don’t really enjoy writing about topics that require researching. I prefer writing about my previous experiences in life. Once when I was in the third grade, my class went on a school trip to a Zoo. After the trip, I really wanted to write about what i saw, smelt, and heard. That was my favorite writing experience. I hate forced writing, where I am forced to write about something that I don’t want to write.

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DEAR book task

I’m sorry it’s late. During my holidays, I read very little but I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan. The book I liked most was Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, the second in the series, but I am trying to read through the full series. The idea used throughout the Percy Jackson series is that various places and concepts from Greek mythology move with the centre of Western civilization, which in the book is the United States. In Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Percy ventures through the Sea of Monsters, a.k.a. the Bermuda Triangle, [...]

Wool

“Wool” by Hugh Howey is a book I enjoy a lot because of its very interesting dystopian themes used throughout the book. The book belongs in the genre dystopian fiction, as it describes a future dystopian society in which people live in a giant underground silo.

The environment outside the silo is polluted – the atmosphere is toxic and and the land is ruined by human activity. The 144-story silo is roughly spit in to three parts, the mechanics and farmers at the bottom, the IT department in the middle, and important people such as the president on the top. [...]

My Summer Reading

One Seriously Messed-Up Week: in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite written by Tom Clempson. This book is often compared to the inbetweeners series however i found this book surprisingly tamer than the Inbetweeners, which is a good thing, because I don’t think they should be compared, as they are both different and originally brilliant in their own ways. Our hero of the book Sam Taylor, who has renamed himself Jack Samsonite for his school project, has three aims for the week. Firstly he needs to study to pass his GSCE’s which are coming up soon. Secondly, [...]

What I Think About Writing

The atmosphere is a very important aspect for me as a writer. When I write stories or imaginary descriptive writing, I prefer dark and cool environments because they leave area for creativity. Essays and speeches are nice to write in quiet areas such as the library, while poems fit for writing outside when the weather is perfect.

Despite my captious preferences for atmospheres, I am not a big fan of descriptive writing. Essays and speeches are things I can cope with, but descriptive writing and expressive writing are areas I do not like. This is probably because I am not [...]

As a writer

as a writer i enjoy writing murder mystery books because of the feeling of adrenalin pumping around my body as i create the scene of a murderer edging ever closer towards his target, ready to strike with his sharpened knife.But being a writer and having wrote pieces of work that i thought that have been worthy of a good mark have just made me miss out on a good grade for example, because of stupid mistakes such as grammar which is annoying indeed especially when it is a simple spelling mistake or a missed exclamation mark. But there is also [...]

Describe yourself as a writer

I only write when it is necessary , like when it is an assignment. In my spare time, i don’t like reading fiction or classic novels. When i read, sometimes i’d search up the vocabulary but most of the time, i just ignore them.

I can’t think of a topic or what to write about when i’m just told to write anything. I’d sit there and watch TV or do whatever that might give me ANY idea about what to write about. When I TRY to write, other things distract me, ALWAYS. Because everything seem more fun than writing. Instead [...]

Enter title here

I admit that I am not good at fiction writing, but I write computer programs and their documentation. The reason I am not good at writing fiction is that I cannot come up with enough content to fill more than about two pages. Incidentally, I can also hide content, so any amount of it can fit on a page. I can also be quite secretive, and I enjoy seeing that I have a unique skill (programming) in other people’s incomprehension. I also like helping people, so I often try to explain my code to them. For another example of text [...]

How I like writing

I like writing occasionally. Depending on what I feel like I start writing about what comes to my mind; Not like a diary but more like writing stories. I don’t like writing Essays cause most of the time they give you a topic to write about and i like writing my own stories. I always start writing stories but most of the time the stories just end because I don’t know how to continue. In year 9 my teacher gave a writing assignment on the book “Of Mice and Men” where we had to find quotes from the book and [...]

describe yourself as a writer

There are many people that like writing however I am not one of them. I am more of a reader than a writer, I mostly read online books written by individual writers, not actual,published books.

I usually don’t write but when I do, it’s usually for school. Even so, I think that writing is a good way to convey messages even if it just is threw an unpublished, online story to a text message.

When I write, I prefer writing fiction over non-fiction so I don’t have to do any research. Research is difficult and it is very easy to [...]

As a writer

I prefer to write short stories rather than essays or poems. Short stories allow you to be imaginative and there is close to no limits as to what you can and can’t do. I find writing poems the hardest out of all of the different catagories. Last year we had to write a T.S.E.X.T structured essay on Macbeth, we had to have quotes from the play for each body paragraph. The dead line was after spring break; being the genies that i am, i left all my homework to the last day of the holiday. Thus, on the day before [...]

My writing experience

As a writer, I prefer to write creatively, as in: Narratives, poems etc; Compared to non – fictional topics. Usually i write about some sort of mystery that takes place, this is the foundation on which i build my stories. My main weakness is probably, planning what to do in the time i have, e.g. Sometimes when writing i may rush the ending of a story, or not be consistent in my analysis of a text. At my old school i completed three or four controlled assessments, and either getting an A or A* on each one, this [...]

As a writer

As a writer, I like to write many different genres but i only mainly write for assessment.I prefer to write short stories because they are easier and take less time.my favorite genre is comedy, it is funny and tends to have less complicated words.I have not had many experiences in writing because i don’t really like to write.one experience would be that i we had a descriptive writing exam but i had no idea what to write,i then decided to write a short story because they are easier and tend to be more interesting.

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Me as a writer

When I would see myself writing I would see myself explaining a diagram or a describing a process like in science or math. Creative writing is not something I enjoy and neither writing by topic for example letters, poems, essays, creative stories and those criteria. My best experience is during math and science exams when the questions ask of us to explain and I will have no problem to put my thoughts on paper while my worst experience would be when I am asked to create a story during English exams when I have no thoughts and when I think [...]

Descriptive Writing About Portrait

As I walked into the courtroom I laid eyes on George Seaborn. He appeared exhausted. He had a thick yet elegant beard in the form of a goatee. It was a unique part of his appearance, however so were his piercing maroon eyes and his aggressive nose. His skin was pale and looked tired from the stress of being a judge. His skin was wrinkling and was no longer youthful. His worn out robes reveal that he had been a judge for some time. He did despite being filthy rich not purchase a new robe. But he wore his judicial [...]

Life of Alfred Avtandil Juansheriani Bobokhidze – Portrait

The portrait that is a painting involving young middle-aged man. The portrait symbolizes the mans life in just one portrait of him. This is not just a regular man. This man has a vast amount of impactful background.

This man must have a name. But what is it? His name with first name, middle name, surname and second surname is Alfred Avtandil Juansheriani Bobokhidze.The man in the portrait has a unique appearance. His long dirty blond hair straying down his shoulders. His skin as pale as if he had just been frightened from a ghost. He is pale because he [...]

Portrait: CW2

Please publish no later than Friday, June 20th, your Language Coursework descriptive piece (CW2) based on the painting you chose.

Category: “Lang: CW2 Description”.

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June 15 DEAR Journal

I have started reading a book called Ender’s game by Orson Scott Card. This book is sci-fi novel about things that occur to a little boy named Peter, Valentine, and Enders Wiggin. They are all smart and talented. However they are bit abnormal humans. They get trained right after they are born. Though they are young and weak, they go through all the tough training-just like an army. What they are aiming for is to defeat the creatures from outer space. I thought it was ironical that they did not ever disobey or been rude to their commander. Young kids [...]

DEAR June 15th

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies is definitely the best novel my brother offered me, it’s also the best novel I’ve read. I really liked it due to its brilliantly put together story plot and characters. I also liked it cause it’s the only book that made me read it over and over again.

The dystopian story is about the struggle of survival and man power after recovering from a plane crash in a remote island in the Pacific. The survivors are only middle childhood boys. The main characters consist of Ralph, probably the most [...]

DEAR ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

I have started reading ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker. This book is set in rural Georgia in America during the 1930s. It tells the tale of the life of Celie, a young black African American girl, through a series of letters she writes to God. Celie faces abuse, rape and domestic violence and this book tells these issues explicitly to the reader so as to emphasise the life of poor, black women at the time (their low position in American culture). The quote I have chosen is taken from the part of the novel when Harpo’s girlfriend, Squeak, has [...]

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