The protagonists themselves are very nice, very politically correct, not to say nauseatingly sweet. How do they apply to the story? The coal miners, the tenant farmers, the business owners you get a feeling of life in a rural town in the South spanning the Depression. I like books that use different characters to tell the story, as in The Poisonwood Bible, but the addition of the change in timeframes threw it off a bit for me. Materials and Resources: What needs to be prepared in advance by the teacher? Why does Albom do this? Why does Eddie cover for his father at the pier when his father becomes ill? What were the themes of the book? I enjoyed this book a lot. T This is a gem of a book, about a hardworking family who lives in Alabama in the 1930's.
Homer has always said he used the rockets as a metaphor to tell the true story of life in the coalfields of West Virginia but he also had something else in mind, a weaving of many allegorical themes that begin loosely connected but are gradually wound tighter and tighter until they become as one. Why do so many attend their rocket launches? The following is an example of a semantic differential scale question. The old high school was there, the halls ringing with the excitement of youth, the classrooms echoing with our lessons, the awareness slowly dawning on us that we were the designated refugees of our town and our school — that we were being prepared to leave and never return. The circling narrative, skipping constantly between all five members of the family is a nice touch. What is the significance of Eddie finding himself in the amusement park again after he dies? Tess and her sister Virgie decide they are going to find out who could commit such a crime and begin their investigations. Create Free Surveys with Ready-made Question Types. My mother had made no attempt to contact me.
Oh, has there ever been such a glorious day! I sent in the fax and forgot about it. A bit like the Depression that surrounds this tale. Two things I wasn't crazy about: Didn't really enjoy the multiple narrator technique. The last line was so perfect! Most local families have had too many mouths to feed for as long as they can remember, but when an unknown woman drops a baby into the Moore family well—with only nine-year-old Tess as a witness—the town is stopped in its tracks by the crime. The book opened with a little girl witnessing someone dropping her baby down their well.
In the nearly thirty years since I had left the little West Virginia coal camp where I grew up, I had hardly talked to my father at all. How might these be important for all of us? Briefly recall the five lessons Eddie learns. A person must choose, to a certain extent, one or the other adjective. What drew me to this novel from the very start was the author's turn of words, her ability to size up a character and in a given expression let the reader know who that person was. To those few who are sensitive to the current of greed surrounding the pearl, however, the pearl is a powerful symbol of evil and ill fortune.
I recommend it because the book whispers in a low, quiet unobtrusive manner and yet it leaves an important message. We won a medal — a science fair… no, the National Science Fair medal. But I know now, and will forever know because I wrote this book, that it was all right. But Gin Phillips understands that in mining and in writing and in getting to know ourselves and others, nothing is ever finished. And people who come before your time affect you as well. What is the importance of the mural Elsie is painting in the kitchen? A really good book -- deceiving in its simplicity, and a great demonstration of an author who held back and let her characters' lives do the explaining.
There are some little touches of magic however, such as Leta's very understated but pivotal role in the novel, matching perfectly her role in the family as a whole. . What did you like, what did you not like, and what do you wish had been different? Many meaty topics are explored racial tension, poverty, humanity while still managing to feel like sitting on the porch late into the night with a best friend. There is nothing great about the writing - but nothing terrible either. Such a decision would be unfathomable today.
Sure, are a great way to meet new friends, get together with old ones, and up your monthly reading quota, but they're also a place where book-lovers can come together and discuss, dissect, and disagree over every little detail of a book. It gives a few more details. A whisper runs through the novel—the ghosts of places and people and luscious peach pies. What do these metaphors tell us about the world she creates? And I'm going to watch out for Gin Phillips books--she's going to be an amazing southern voice in literary fiction. Now that I've finished I'm missing their perspectives and sad it's over. I'd said I would do the talking, but I couldn't do what Tess did. I thought that might have been because he hadn't gotten enough to eat.
This is a wonderful book; surprisingly a debut novel. Some things were convoluted before, of course. It is recommended that the students be informed of when they can expect the instructor to begin commenting, such as the second day of discussion. There should also be activities or readings that coincide with these questions to provide students with any necessary knowledge to answer them or to begin formulating ideas. I was surprised at her reaction but I was to be absolutely astonished when the article came out.
In the aftermath of the rescue, some of the men return to mining, despite terrifying flashbacks. By the end I felt like I really knew the weariness that these character's felt. But I decided one should probably not have a steady diet of Faulkner. Why had I never cried? Albert's half-hearted attempts at racial conciliation match the novel itself and Phillip's half-hearted attempts to grapple with such an issue. Albert is a little like Atticus but less scholarly.