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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
In this section David finally gets to the castle and meets the king. Later he overhears the king and the crooked man talking about when the king will get to die. This is where you figure almost everything out about the crooked man, how David got there, and the origin of the loups. It was a pretty good ending except the final final part. David wakes up from his "dream" and has a terrible life just as the crooked man predicts. Finally David goes back to "dreamland" and at the same time doesn't. He dies with the quote "And in the darkness David closed his eyes, as all that was lost was found again."
- 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."
In this section what happens is David defeats both the huge worm beast thing and the the enchantress in the castle of barbs.this leads me to the quote "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." What this means is that the creatures in the evil forests are afraid of David because he defeated the creatures his mind created when he came to this magic world. Even the crooked man is shocked at this because David is the only human to ever destroy what basically turns out to be his nightmares.
- 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."