Books provide knowledge, and knowledge provides power, yet throughout history, countless books have been banned by different religions, governments, and institutions, with varying intentions. Two authors of such banned books include Ray Bradbury and William Golding. Esteemed novelists, Bradbury and Golding both wrote many pieces that were heavily influenced by his distinct upbringing. Ray Bradbury was fascinated by futuristic, imaginative themes from a young age, dedicating much of his childhood to reading adventure and fantasy novels (“Ray Bradbury”). Striving to create a legacy through his fiction like his favorite fantasy authors had, Bradbury began publishing his writing out of high school.
The Things They Carried has many great stories by Tim O’brien, but On The Rainy River was my favorite and seemed to follow the psychological literary lens. This chapter not only showed his embarrassment but the strength behind his choice and what it meant to him, this chapter explains why he went to war. In June of 1968, Tim was drafted for the war. He was one month out of Macalester College. He couldn't believe it!
Moreover, he started to get noticed for his work, like his poems “London,” and, “The Vanity of Human Wishes.” His poems were written in 1738 and 1749, but in the 1750’s he became a master at writing. He written 4 stories in one decade. In 1752, his wife died, which postponed him on some of his work, but he still managed to get them finished. Later on, Johnson met James Boswell in 1763 in Thomas Davies bookstore and they quickly became friends. While they were talking, Boswell took notes and made a landmark biography of Johnson called, “The Life of Samuel Johnson.” Samuel Johnson died in 1762, 32 years after his wife had died.
Surviving Alone The ‘Rite of Passage’ by Richard Wright has a preeminent place in the literary world because this book teaches a lesson of survival, white power, and influence. Wright is an American author who wrote novels, poems, and short stories. He is best known for his book ‘Black Boy’ and ‘Native Son’. The book ‘Rite of Passage’ written by Richard Wright is about a 15 year old boy who has straight A’s in school and the people he has lived with all his life is not really his family, which leads to his debacle journey. As Johnny goes through this difficult stage in life he decides to run away not thinking about where he’s going to stay or how he’s going to get food.
Wonderstruck Luke Barton Period 6 Hitchens 04/14/16 Wonderstruck, an extremely amazing book written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, An award winning author. He has written books such as Hugo Cabaret which won him the Caldecott medal. Wonderstruck is an equally good book if not better with two main characters Ben, and Rose. He does an amazing thing with this book by making two different stories at different times with 50 years apart but they both come together into one almost seamlessly woven story. The story begins with a boy named Ben, his story begins at Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, June 1977.
Although, Gene’s envy toward Finny, rattles them, and the reader of their strong relationship. By the end of the book Gene learns many things. He gains awareness, changes his perceptions toward the war and his life as an adult. The narrator and the protagonist of the book, Gene Forrester, is a quiet and smart 16 year old boy. The book starts off when Gene goes back to Devon school, visiting to one of his two fearful sites.
Violent Ends is an exceptional creature. With seventeen different perspectives and short stories revolving around one teen and the event he caused, Violent Ends is sure to keep people reading for years to come. All of the different perspectives from the characters in the novel each provide a different version of Kirby Matheson. Some saw him as a lone wolf, a failure, a marvelous guy, an oddball, a love interest, and or a hero. One of the things that struck me the most is that you never truly know who he is, which is part of why I think his novel is so powerful.
Reading a little about Darwin T. Turner, there are several things special about his story: him starting college at 13, getting his first degree at sixteen to getting a PHD by twenty five, and continuing a lifelong career of teaching and writing. His achievements and being able to accomplish a lot them in such early stages of his life as well as doing so as a black man in the United States is certainly something to admire and without a doubt probably wasn’t easy. Living in the United States where the legacy of slavery as well as other scars from the past continue to live on into this present day society, at certain times in my life as a woman and being black, I witness society constantly try to question people belonging to minority groups as
If there was give an award for “Best Feel-Good Story,” Wonder by R.J. Palacio would win by a mile. A ten year-old boy with an abnormally shaped face has to learn how to deal with the world socially, with emotional twists and turns along the way. This fantastic novel transported me back to my fifth grade year, full of laughs (and surely a lot less homework). The overall message of the story was to choose kind, but it also had something much more meaningful hidden; do not take things for granted. August Pullman was born with “Mandibulofacial Dysostosis,” as it says in the book, and his fifth grade year is when he finally goes to an actual school.
Charles Dickens is an influential author for all ages. He has written many books that children know very well, including A Christmas Carol, with the character, Ebenezer Scrooge, finding his love for Christmas again. Dickens has also written some more mature books with topics that relate to our world today, such as Great Expectations, were the young boy, Pip, deals with an abusive family. In Charles Dickens books, we read many different themes that all have one thing in common: good v.s. evil.