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07 May 2012
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The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov- Review

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

This article reviews the book The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World, Evgeny Morozov. The themes of the book explore the dichotomy between the democratic nature of the internet being used by opposition forces all over the world and the blatant repression of stable authoritarian regimes...

20 Apr 2012
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L'Allegorie du patrimoine or The invention of the Historic Monument (&translated by Lauren M. O'Connell) by Françoise Choay

Book review - 10 pages - Literature

L'Allegorie du patrimoine or The invention of the Historic Monument (&translated by Lauren M. O'Connell) was written by Françoise Choay. She was born in 1925 in Paris, has been a historian of the theories and of the urban and architectural forms. She is an emeriti professor at the university of...

17 Apr 2012
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If on a Winters Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The story If On A Winter's Night a Traveler is about the immersion of a reader within a story and his determination to go on with the plot and discover what happens. This is foiled within this story when the Reader constantly encounters with books that suddenly break off and have no ending....

20 Jul 2011
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Magic realism in 'The Enchantress of Florence'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Salman Rushdie's novel 'The Enchantress of Florence' is a powerful and multi-dimensional expression of the incarnation of globalization in literature. Important themes arise as relevant to globalization through the technical advantages of magic realism, which Rushdie employs as the key...

20 Jul 2011
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Temporal and Spatial divides and identity in 'Lucy'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Jamaica Kincaid's novel 'Lucy' illustrates the story of a girl with desperate desire to manipulate her personal identity. With motives so deeply ingrained in her determinedly expendable past and their manifestations in her present, her quest propels her obsessions divides past from...

15 Jul 2011
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Repetition and Ambiguity in Narrative Structures of 'The Monk'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

The narrative, structural, and linguistic intricacies in Matthew Lewis' Gothic novel 'The Monk' illustrate a complex network of patterns and sequences that expand and contract the influence of ambiguity as a Gothic convention in the text. The novel's narrative structure can be...

29 Jun 2011
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Thomas Nagel on death

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Let us assume for the time being that you believe cake to be a good, and find cake-eating emphatically positive. Now imagine that one day, when you go to your local bakery to eat your daily serving of cake, you find that cake no longer exists. They are out of cake indefinitely,...

28 Jun 2011
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'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison: A comment

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison is a novel detailing an unnamed African-American's journey from the south to the streets of Harlem. The reader sees the main character attempt to find his place within the world, as well as within himself. In this novel written in 1947, there...

27 Jun 2011
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The Underrated Backstory: Backstory as it 'Effects Our Nig' and 'Washington Square'

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The information provided in a backstory is often integral to the development of characters and plot within a narrative. In both 'Our Nig' and 'Washington Square', an account of the events prior to those of the central plot provide necessary context for a clear and cohesive tale....

06 Jun 2011
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'The Cult of True Womanhood Disassembled' by Kate Chopin and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: A review

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Through the oppressive times when women were meant to be no more than homemakers and pawns to their bread-winning men, the 'Cult of True Womanhood' symbolized everything that the females of America were supposed to be. It stated that they must be pure in mind, body, heart, and soul; for a...

17 Feb 2011
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'Rebecca' as a Gothic Romance: Far from the classic Cinderella story

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Daphne Du Maurier's novel 'Rebecca' can be interpreted in various lights; for instance, for many, it is commonly held to follow the form of a fairy tale. While there is, no doubt, adequate ground for this interpretation, the novel's characteristics seem to embody more the elements of the...

17 Feb 2011
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Hejinian's 'My Life': A Poetic Autobiography of Multiplicity

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Lyn Hejinian's poetic autobiography 'My Life' crosses over the boundaries of genre and into an indefinable realm of its own. It contains elements of poetry, autobiography, personal narrative, and women's fiction, while simultaneously entering into a continuous dialogue with the nature of...

17 Feb 2011
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Analysis of 'The Birth of Tragedy'

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

In his work 'The Birth of Tragedy', Nietzsche argues that, “it is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that the existence of the world is eternally justified (Sect. 5, p. 52)”. Simply put, Nietzsche maintains that, without the guidance and creation of art, the terrible truths of the...

17 Feb 2011
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Aristotle & the Hellenists

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

In book I (The Object of Life) of 'Nicomachean Ethics', Aristotle sets out to determine what the concept of good represents for man and, more specifically, what the supreme good for man is. Aristotle asserts that, although there are many different relative goods that humans strive for,...

28 Dec 2010
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The Scarlet Letter - A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The mind is truly valuable, intrinsic, secure and powerful. No entity can take the mind away from a person, nor can anyone control the way it functions. Thus, a society that seeks total control over its people will never flourish and thrive. Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" articulates...

28 Nov 2010
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The significance of age and aging in One Hundred Years of Solitude

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

In the remote town of Mocondo which Gabriel Garcia Marquez vividly depicts in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, the process of aging plays an important role in the development of the characters, their development and in the plot as whole. Throughout the aging process, some characters'...

03 Nov 2010
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The Cause of Samuel Death in Grace Paley's "Samuel"

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The death of the young boy in Grace Paley's “Samuel” was caused by irresponsible behavior, not by the repetitive interference of the passengers in the games of young people. The brave men in the train did not convey a message of absolute disapproval towards the boys' dangerous games,...

29 Sep 2010
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"Flying Carpet", Steven Millhauser - "flying up to the sky"

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Steven Millhauser is a writer of realist fiction. However, his work cannot be limited by labeling it only realistic. Another dimension is added to his short stories. They are full of interpretations. In Flying Carpet, though the story seems to be quite casual, even banal - a child trying...

29 Sep 2010
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"From the Diary of an almost-four-year-old", Hanan Ashrawi (1988)

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The poem, 'From the Diary of an almost-four-year-old' was written by Hanan Mikhail Ashrawi, a Palestinian writer, in 1988. The speaker in this poem is an almost-four-year-old little girl who was fired at by a soldier, during the Israel-Palestine war. She lost an eye and she wonders about...

29 Sep 2010
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"They came for the Jews," Martin Niemoller, and "God loves you anyway" Harold Kushnersay - the care of others

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

The first essay is a poem entitled 'First, They Came for The Jews', written by a German Pastor named Martin Niemoller. It talks about what happened in 1939-1945, during World War II, where many people died, due to the nazi government in Germany. The second essay is an extract of a book...

29 Sep 2010
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Catch-22 : black comedy or satire ?

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Catch-22, often considered as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century, is also often analyzed as being either satirical, or characteristic of the theater of the absurd, or even both. At first sight, this appears to be totally irrelevant, given the subtle but still significant...

29 Sep 2010
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Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies - Overture (Chap. 1) "It was early" - "were lost forever"

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

This text is an extract from the novel The Brooklyn Follies, written by Paul Auster and published in 2005. Earlier in the novel, we discovered the main character, Nathan Glass, a 60 year old man in remission from cancer. He was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn to...

29 Sep 2010
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Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies Farewell to the court (Chap. 3)

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

What we are about to study is an extract from the novel The Brooklyn Follies, written by Paul Auster and published in 2005. Here, we are at the beginning of the novel, where Nathan and Tom are having lunch and talking about Tom's activities. We may wonder in what ways the passage is...

29 Sep 2010
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Review of the Rabbits who caused all the trouble by James Thurber in Fables of your times

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

The text we are going to study is entitled “The Rabbits who caused all the trouble”. It is an extract from “Fables of your times” written by James Thurber in 1940. The main characters of this text are the rabbits and the wolves. However, there are other animals involved in the...

29 Sep 2010
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First scene of Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child"

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

This extract is the first scene of Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child, a book published in 1988 which deals with Ben a monster-like child whose birth deeply alters his parent's life. This first scene introduces us to the main characters i.e. David and Harriet and sets the general tone of the...

29 Sep 2010
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Wife-Wooing, by John Updike

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

In his short story, 'Wife-Wooing', John Updike portrays the life of what seems to be an ordinary family through which he discusses matters related to matrimony. This story centers around two people who seem to have forgotten the meaning of their marriage. Through this essay, I will...

29 Sep 2010
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Marvel's "To His Coy Mistress": a Baroque reworking of conventions

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was an English Metaphysical poet. Marvell wrote several satirical poems against the corruption of the court, but they were published after his death (for being too subversive). ?To His Coy Mistress', though not about politics, is also a subversive poem. It is an...

29 Sep 2010
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Analysis of the sonnet 'to sleep' by J. Keats

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

One may get the impression that this poem is about pain and agony and troubles encountered throughout life, yet at the same time one expects a sonnet to possess the qualities of romance, adoration, and themes of love. Although this poem may appear to only deal with dark images about the...

29 Sep 2010
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Commentary Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is known as one of the author's most powerful novels. Even though the story is completely imaginary, the plot takes place in a very precise historical and geographical context: 1930s California. Moreover, one of the main themes of the novel is humanity and...

29 Sep 2010
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De Lacey Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

In a disconcertingly candid manner, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein offers its readers a sensible critique on the callous superficiality of human social interaction. Shelley imaginatively introduces a repugnant, yet kindhearted monster into the world of man, who is only to be received, and...