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The Kitchen God's Wife
6th March 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

A book report on Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife might describe the book as delving into the tensions of a Chinese-born mother and her Chinese-American daughter. A summary of the book would name the protagonist as Pearl Louie Brandt, the daughter of a Chinese-born mother and a Chinese-American father. The family lives in San Jose, California. Pearl marries an American man, Phil, and feels more American than Chinese. Pearl's mother obliges her daughter to take part in several family events, neither of which Pearl wants to attend, but her guilt precludes her from denying her mother's request. Her upcoming weekend will be taken by an engagement party of a cousin on Saturday, and the funeral of an Aunt on Sunday. Pearl heads to San Francisco for these two family events, along with her husband and two daughters. . . . .

 
The King Must Die
4th March 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

A book report on Mary Renault's novel, The King Must Die, tells the story of Theseus whose grandfather is the King of Troizen. Theseus lives in Troizen with his grandfather, and doesn't know who his father is. Because he can sense earthquakes, Theseus believes his father is Poseidon. While his grandfather eventually tells Theseus that his father is Aigeus, the King of Athens, he does admit that Poseidon might have had some hand in his birth as well. Theseus sets off for Athens with his friend Dexios. They take a dangerous path, Isthmus Road, and Dexios is killed, though Theseus avenges him and arrives safely in Eleusis. . . . .

 
The Book of the City of Ladies
3rd March 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

A book review of Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies might classify this novel as a feminist discussion of the portrayal of women in the modern world. After reading an author's dismissive, immoral summary of the nature of women, Pizan becomes momentarily depressed about how women are described. Just then she is visited by three women, allegorical images representing Justice, Reasoning and Rectitude. They tell her it is her fate to create the City of Ladies, where will reside the best women the world has to offer. These women will serve as an example of how all women should be viewed. . . . .

 
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2nd March 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

A summary for purposes of a book report on Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde begins with two characters, a lawyer named Mr. Utterson and his friend, Enfield, discussing a gruesome assault on a young woman. Mr. Hyde is responsible for the assault and pays off the girl's relatives. Although the men don't discuss the subject further, Mr. Utterson is troubled by the fact that one of his clients, Dr. Jekyll, has recently transferred his properties to Mr. Hyde in his will. . . . .

 
Child of the Dark
1st March 2015 | Author: "Reviews"

A book report on Carolina Maria de Jesus' book, Child of the Dark, should provide reference for the material as de Jesus' diary during the years covering July 1955 through January 1, 1960. De Jesus provides a summary of her life, and the lives of her children (Vera, two; José Carlos, five; and Jo£o, eight) in a shantytown. In the shantytown, people live in homes made of cardboard and scraps of metal, and they beg during the day, or like Carolina, collect recyclables for food money. People in the shantytown aren't particularly close. The shantytown, as Carolina describes, changes people and turns into an "every man for himself" situation. Carolina describes how some of the women torment her children to get to her. One woman even accuses Jo£o of rape, a charge Carolina knows he is not guilty, but still makes her consider putting her children into a shelter temporarily for their own safety. . . . .

 
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