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29 Sep 2010
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"Answers to a questionnaire" by James Graham Ballard

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Answers to a Questionnaire' is a short story which was written by James Graham Ballard, and published for the first time in the English literary magazine 'Ambit', in 1985. Ballard's style of writing is highly important to understand his works, he is a member of the 'New...

29 Sep 2010
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The grapes of wrath: analysis of chapter 6

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

This excerpt, taken from Chapter 6 of ?The Grapes of Wrath', deals with Muley Graves's account of the depletion of man, when he is separated from his land. It is the third of many narrative chapters, which move away from the social, economic and historical situations that shape the...

29 Sep 2010
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Literary devices and style in pride and prejudice

Book review - 15 pages - Literature

Sound effects connect the 2 words in the title ?Pride and Prejudice? right from the start of the novelv(also used in Sense and Sensibility). This connection between Pride and Prejudice helps define the 2 main characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and participates in the development of the...

29 Sep 2010
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A Scanner Darkly, by Philippe K. Dick

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

The novel, deals with drugs and its consequences, its process of marginalization of distorted social relationships, the subjective deterioration of reality, hallucinations and the paranoia that they generate, Richard Linklater will bring out an adaptation of the letter and the spirit. Adapted...

29 Sep 2010
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The fantastic atmosphere in The Moon Bog by HP Lovecraft

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

In his short story entitled ?The Moon Bog', Lovecraft adheres to his methods to create a genuine fantastic atmosphere. Both his style and his narration contribute to the setting of a cosmic ambiance in a very effective way. From the point of view of the narrative, the themes in this short...

29 Sep 2010
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Orwell said in an essay titled Why I write : "It is my purpose to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole." How far does Orwell achieve this in 1984 ? - published: 29/09/2010

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

It is to be remembered that George Orwell fought for the Republicans (against Franco) in Spain towards the end of 1936. It was during this battle that Orwell was wounded. We know that George Orwell's ?Nineteen Eighty-Four' (published in 1949) publication was given this title because the...

21 Sep 2010
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Book review - The Stranger

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

I feel that in this novel there are two major elements that stand out from all of the rest. First and foremost, there is Meursault, a shipping clerk and main character, with so many oddities and fascinations that it is hard to not try to figure him out. He has no substance in his life and does...

11 Aug 2010
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Indigenous resurgence in the contemporary Caribbean (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 12 & 13)

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

In a contemporary sense, perspectives of the Caribbean have been created in a way that does not speak of the indigenous and aboriginal peoples of the areas as much as they should. This is likely to change though as these indigenous and aboriginal peoples of the Caribbean are once again...

11 Aug 2010
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Roman, provincial and Islamic law by Patricia Crone

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The basic thesis of Patricia Crone's Roman, Provincial and Islamic Law is that the sharia is, at least in part, derived from what the author calls “Roman provincial law”, and not from pre-Islamic Arabian cultures, other Near-East cultures (Egyptians, Akkadians and Jews among others) or...

10 Aug 2010
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Do androids dream of electric sheep: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Edward James states in his piece, Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, that, “Because science fiction deals with imaginative alternatives to the real world, [it] also offers criticism of that world.” In Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that criticism is...

09 Aug 2010
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The innocent man by John Grisham: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

John Grisham has been a favorite author of mine since fourth grade when I picked up A Time to Kill for the first of many times. That fictional novel was the start of my love for his exciting, fast paced storytelling and The Firm, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Chamber and The...

09 Aug 2010
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Book review of Undress me in the temple of heaven

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

The author Susan and her Ivy League friend Claire declare to each other that they want to travel and experience the world as it is after graduation. Their idealism, youth, and naiveté meet head on with a Chinese culture not used to tourists or any Westerners at all. Claire and...

06 Aug 2010
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Book review: "The Death of Adam" by Marilynne Robinson

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

Marilynne Robinson's The Death of Adam is an essay collection by the author of the acclaimed novel Giliad. The essays in the book fall into two main categories, as Robinson describes in the preface. Some of them are dedicated to pointing out foolishness and ugliness where modern thought...

05 Aug 2010
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Dealin' some justice: Wargrave style

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Every good mystery has suspense, deception, and plot twists. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is no different. Published in 1939, the book has sold well even today. The book features high suspense with cold-blooded murders and a mystery killer. All the characters and even the reader...

29 Jul 2010
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Homeless Mothers: Book review and topic discussion

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Homeless Mothers: Face to Face with Women and Poverty by Deborah R. Connolly (University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 2000) is an ethnography based on participant observation and extensive interviews and written for the general public. Its main subjects are homeless mothers and their...

01 Apr 2010
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The things they carried: Time O'Brien

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

This book is, debatably, a memoir of the Vietnam War. By debatably, I mean to say that it is written in the form of a memoir, although the author denies that many of these events actually took place. This book includes the stories of Tim O'Brien and the soldiers that he knew in Vietnam during the...

01 Apr 2010
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The House on Mango Street

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

I chose this book because my aunt recommended me reading it. Although I don't usually read books like this, because it was a book about coming of age, I thought it would be interesting to read. This book was somewhat like The Catcher in the Rye, but instead of taking place in New York, it...

01 Apr 2010
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Daisy Miller: Henry James

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

This book takes place in 1878 and centers around the idea of an extended trip throughout Europe, which was very popular among wealthy Americans at this time. This novel addresses the behavior of the young American girls who visit Europe and due to their new distance from home, become very...

01 Apr 2010
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The Picture of Dorian Gray: Oscar Wilde

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

I chose to read the Picture of Dorian Gray because I was already semi familiar with the story and numerous friends recommended it to me. This famous novel takes place in nineteenth century England and revolves around the high society of that time and place. There is a supernatural aspect to this...

01 Apr 2010
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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

This book was originally recommended to me by freshman humanities teacher. When I read the book previously, it helped me to make sense of my own beliefs and I recently came to a point in my life where I felt that it was time to read it again. This is really a story of philosophy and religion. It...

01 Apr 2010
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Psychological analysis in the Heart of Darkness

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

Orphaned at the age of twelve, Conrad's writing reflects solidarity. In his most popular novel Heart of Darkness he states, “We live, as we dream- alone.” Common themes in his works are alienation, confusion, and doubt. He wrote not only about physical threats but also about inner...

25 Mar 2010
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David J. Francis, Uniting Africa: Building regional peace and security systems

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

“Africa today is faced with a stark choice, either unite or perish. ” So opens David J. Francis' intriguing study on the state of African nations in relation to one another. Frances spends a great deal of attention outlining the serious social and economic problems facing the African...

25 Mar 2010
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A special education, learning to teach a disabled student

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities is the author, Dana Buchman's explanation about how her family coped with having a child who suffered from severe learning and developmental disorders. It is a tremendously interesting look at the topic because...

25 Mar 2010
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Familial construction in Christopher Carrington's 'There's no place like home'

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

In Christopher Carrington's No Place Like Home, the author tackles the very difficult question of what comprises a family. The question posed, liking a thread throughout the book as it attempts to be answered, is what are the issues facing gay and lesbian parents as they choose to construct a...

23 Feb 2010
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A review of Things fall apart

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart brilliantly relates to the reader the story of one man's life and chronicles its disintegration. This man's name is Okonkwo; it is his journey and his trials that are followed, most significantly those in which he interacts with his family. From the beginning,...

23 Feb 2010
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The Martian chronicles: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The plot description in the back of this book fascinated me. It is a philosophy or ideal from the mind of the author, which is really almost a palindrome. This is a science fiction book with the idea that there is life on other planets but that they are just as skeptical of our human existence as...

23 Feb 2010
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The Iceman cometh: Review

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The Iceman Cometh is an American tragedy set amidst the desolation of a saloon crowded with the marginalized elements of society. While Eugene O'Neill, the playwright, may not have been the most talented author in his ability to pen the most realistic, eloquent, or beautiful dialogue, he was...

23 Feb 2010
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The house of the seven gables: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables is a story more akin to a moral fable than the gothic writing one might expect from a piece of nineteenth century horror. Set across two centuries, and varying between the present and past, Hawthorne captures the peculiar nature of the...

23 Feb 2010
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Ayn Rand's The fountainhead: A book review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

I chose to read The Fountainhead based on a couple of recommendations. Written by Ayn Rand, it is an astounding piece of literary work that follows the life of a young architect, Howard Roark. The Fountainhead takes place in New York beginning in the mid-1920's and continues into the 1930's. In...

23 Feb 2010
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Ruth Rendell's The crocodile bird: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

I came across this book at random when I needed something for a book check. After reading the first few pages I was hooked. The book seemed mysterious and provocative in its own slightly twisted way. This story takes place in a very small town in England in the nineteen eighties and early...