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A Farewell to Arms
25th April 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

Book reports on Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms should note the time period it takes place, which is during World War I. The protagonist of the story, Lieutenant Frederic Henry, is an American who has volunteered for the Italian Army (prior to the Americans entering the war). Henry's job is to supervise a small group of Italian ambulance drivers. After a brief winter leave, Henry returns and falls in love with an English nurse named Catherine Barkley. They each share the sad summaries of how the war has affected them to this point. Because of the war's toll both on Henry, as well as Catherine, who lost her fiancé in the war the year prior, the two are happy to enter into a love affair as distraction from reality. . . . .

 
The Importance of Being Earnest
23rd April 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

Summaries of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest have a bit of fun with the play on words. Book reviews on The Importance of Being Earnest focus on the protagonist, Jack Worthing, and his pursuit of Gwendolyn Fairfax, his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff's, cousin. Jack Worthing is a pillar of his community in Hertfordshire, where he is the guardian of a young woman named Cecily, who is the granddaughter of a man who found and adopted Jack as a baby. Jack pretends to have a naughty brother named Ernest who is forever getting into all sorts of trouble, forcing Jack to occasionally leave town to go rescue him from his misdeeds. In reality, though, Ernest is really an alibi for Jack, who occasionally likes to go to London to get away from his responsibilities. In London Jack is known as Ernest and this is the name his best friend, Algernon, knows him by, as well. . . . .

 
A Christmas Carol
22nd April 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

Book reports of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol are quite popular (not to mention movies!). Most people are aware of the basic summary of A Christmas Carol, therefore it is vitally important to find an appropriate angle for purposes of a book report, to bring the novel fresh and contemporary meaning. A Christmas Carol begins in Ebenezer Scrooge's counting room, where Scrooge is paying his bills. The reader quickly learns Scrooge's feelings about Christmas when he crassly denies charity workers money for the poor, denies his nephew's invitation to Christmas dinner, and tells his worker, Bob Cratchit, he expects him to work on Christmas day. . . . .

 
White Noise
21st April 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

A book report on Don DeLillo's White Noise can revolve around the main conflict of the story, that is, fear of death. This conflict with death is between not only the central character (and narrator) of the story, Jack Gladney, but also his wife, Babette, as well as other side characters. The 'white noise' refers to all the things in life that people use to distract themselves from the fact that they will eventually die. Examples of this white noise are all things pop-culture, tabloids, television, etc. Another message the story is conveying is to live life, in the now. Jack's toddler son, Wilder, is the embodiment of this message. He is the one who by the end of the story is riding his tricycle through traffic, without a care for his surroundings. His message? Live life recklessly. . . . .

 
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
20th April 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

Because Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is such an important play from a historical perspective, a book report could take many different routes. A few suggested ways to go about writing a book report on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? would be to contrast how the cold war, and the fall of the Berlin wall specifically, affected the writing of this play. For example, Albee has admitted to naming the character Nick after Nikita Khrushchev and at one point in the play while arguing with his wife, Martha, George yells, "I will not give up Berlin!" Another tactic that can be employed when writing a book report on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? would be to contrast the relationships of Nick and Honey with George and Martha, and how one represents the end of the American dream, while the other represents the hollowness that was the American dream. A final point of interest for a book report on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? would be a dissection of 1962 American values and how despite being well-received and being voted for the Pulitzer Prize, the play was considered to be too taboo to actually receive the award. Therefore, there was no Pulitzer Prize given for a play that year. . . . .

 
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