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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
These are the top 10 things you should know about The Book of Lost Things:
- David: David is important because he's the main character. He starts off a little weird with his “routines” he does every day, but he later conquers those. Also, for the most part, he’s sad, angry, or confused. He also settles down later in the book.
- The Crooked Man: The Crooked Man is important because he is basically the villain. He constantly tries to get David to reveal his brothers name so he can eat his heart and live for another 100 years.
- David’s Family: David’s Family is complicated and so therefore important. David’s real mom dies early on and is quickly replaced by a woman named Rose. Rose and David’s dad have a child who David hates. Rose tries to get close to David but his hate for her makes it hard for them to get along.
- Main Event One: The first important event would be when David’s mom dies. This is important because after this David basically goes wacko. He thinks he can hear books and starts seeing a “crooked man”. This also leads him to create his dreamland.
- Main Event Two: The second important event would be when David enters the imagination land. I say imagination land because it’s hard to tell if it’s even real. Later when David gets out he’s told that he’s been knocked out for three days because a plain crashed and buried him in the ground. But either way this event is important because he’s in this magical place for almost the entire book.
- Main Events Three and Four: These events are put together because they are both great moments when David faces his fears. The first event is when David kills the giant worm beast thing. The second is when he kills the sorceress in the castle of barbs. These events are so special because when a human child enters this land, it brings its fears with it. Having destroyed his fears David becomes stronger in the eyes of the crooked man.
- Main Event Five: The last important event is when David leaves the imagination land. This is important because he wakes up in a hospital and is told he’s been asleep for three days. While he’s in there he has an epiphany and decides to be nice to Rose from then on. After this the author sums up his life in about ten pages and the book ends with David dying.
- Theme: One theme in this book would be fairytale-ish. This book is fairytale-ish because it constantly uses parodies of other fairytales. Examples would be snow-white and the seven dwarves, trolls under a bridge, little red riding hood, and even the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe.
- Theme: Another theme would be gloomy. This book is often sad or depressing. Many people, some close to David, die or, in some cases, get brutally massacred. Also David’s mom dies in somewhere around the third chapter. It just seems a little gloomy.
- Plot: The last thing you should know about the book of lost things would be the plot. Basically this book is about a boy, David, who follows his recently deceased mother’s voice through a hole in a garden. He ends up in a magical fairytale land and the only way he can get home is to see the king, or so he thinks….
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
- Sluggish(pg 269): Indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent.
- Despised(pg 309): To regard with contempt or scorn; To dislike intensely; loathe; To regard as unworthy of one's interest or concern.
- "The day passed, a poor, sluggish thing that departed almost gratefully as night took its place." This is personification because it gives human actions to an inanimate object.
- "The book of lost things things has as much value to him as a rock to someone swimming." This is a simaly because it compares using like.
- "Pieces of the crooked man fell like snow in winter." Another simaly.
- "And in the darkness David closed his eyes, as all that was lost was found again."
- evacuation(pg 203): The act or process of evacuating, or the condition of being evacuated; discharge or expulsion, as of contents.
- willingness(pg 203): Disposed or consenting; inclined.
- "The flames illuminated the village as if it was midday." This is a simaly because it is comparing using like.
- "It tasted of stale bread". This is Imagery because its showing us what his food tasted like.
- "Then something moved,and they saw a massive yellow body erupting from beneath the earth, ridged like that of a great worm, each ridge embedded with thick black hairs, each hair ending with a razor sharp barb." This would probably be both a simaly and imagery because it compares the beast to a great worm and at the same time paints a vivid picture of the beast in our minds.
- "All was quiet as they passed through the trees, for the things that dwelled within them heard david coming and were afraid. Even the crooked man, who had returned to his perch among the topmost branches, now looked at the boy in a new way, and tried hard to work out how he might best use this latest development to his advantage."
Monday, December 17, 2007
- Furrowed(pg180):A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.
- Befallen(pg182):to happen to, esp. by chance or fate.
- "...big as a pony,". this is a simaly because it compares the size of a loup to the size of a pony by using as.
- " their shields shattered like broken glass." simaly because it compares using like.
- "It stank of sour berries." Imagery because it helps us imagine what the crooked mans breath was like.
- "David spent all of his time with Roland, sleeping beside him during their periods of rest and walking the perimeter with him when their time came to take the watch."
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
- discern(pg 68): To perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend.
- crevasse(pg69): A fissure, or deep cleft, in glacial ice, the earth's surface, etc.
- "The deer was as dead as my mom." This is a simaly because it compares the death of his mom to the death of some deer girl.
- "The apple was an ocean of flavor." This is a metaphor because its comparing the amount of flavor in an apple to the size of an ocean without using like or as.
- "The dwarves were like walking stools." This is a simaly because it compares the hight of the dwarves to that of stools.
- "And then the animals fell upon her, tearing and biting, ripping and shredding, as david turned away from the grisly sight and fled into the forest."
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
- encroaching(pg 62): To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily
- murmuring(pg60): A low, indistinct, continuous sound
- "Like the beanstalk in the Fairy tale that led jack to the giant, the ivy seemed to know precisely where it was going." Simaly because it uses like.
- "David saw its fingers extend into the air, as if Georgie were hanging before it like an apple ready to be plucked from the tree." Simaly because it compares two things using like.
- "It had been a long tense summer." Personification because summer cant really be tense.
- "The choice had been made for him. David could not hesitate. He forced himself through the gap in the wall and into the darkness just as the world that he left behind became an inferno." I thought this quote was significant because it describes why he went through the gap in the wall.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Australia-Asia debating, British Parliamentary Style, Classic debate, Comedy debate, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu debate, Leaders debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, NFA-LD , Parliamentary debate, Policy debate, Public debate, Public forum debate, Socratic method, and Spontaneous argument are all the forms of debate i found. They all take place in some sort of room and their purposes are either to prove something, change something, or critique something.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
- Crooked (pg 34): Not straight; Bending; or Not straightforward; Dishonest; or Askew; Awry
- Ill-fitting (pg 33): Not fitting well
- "His smile was mocking." this is a personification because a smile cant really mock.
- "If he said something of which they disapproved, they would mutter insults at him." this is another personification because they is referring to the books on a shelf.
- "They tasted wrong." this is imagery because it refers to the sense taste.
- "You know how sometimes a story seems to be about one thing, but in fact it's about another thing entirely? there's a meaning hidden in it, and that meaning has to be teased out." this quote is by David's dad and i think it's important because it might be foreshadowing something to come. Also it might be stating that there's a hidden meaning in this book.
A theme in this book i think is emerging is that it's fairy tale-ish.
Monday, November 19, 2007