My 3rd quarter book of choice was On the Road, written by Jack Kerouac. Kerouac can be seen as the father of the "Beat Generation." His purpose was toMy 3rd quarter book of choice was On the Road, written by Jack Kerouac. Kerouac can be seen as the father of the "Beat Generation." His purpose was to illustrate some of his North American travels, and enlighten an audience to some his experiences during life "on the road." I believe his overall intentions were to highlight some of the happenings he witnessed whilst travelling.
The theme of this book was the knowledge that inevitably comes with tavelling monthes on end, just "digging" all of your surroundings as you go from one big adventure to the next. Jack Kerouac reveals stories of hitch-hiking, friends, jazz music, women, odd jobs, and overall experience acquired through four or so epic journeys.
On the Road is a narrative, written chronologically over his trips. The story unfolds over several years.
I loved this book. It's more of a portfolio of stories and experiences than just a single plot. It was interesting how many new people he would meet, how many new characters would appear and disappear, and how many regions he vistited. T'was a good read....more
As you can see, I chose to read "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. This book had a very good message hidden in it. The setting was on the "animal farm,"As you can see, I chose to read "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. This book had a very good message hidden in it. The setting was on the "animal farm," the farm that the animals took over, after they performed a mutany to their "slave driver." The story was from the point of view of the animals, who were trying to support their farm on their own. They were doing it in a very civilized manner, what with laws, a sense of government, roles, customs, etc. "Animal Farm" followed through their attempts at establishing an animal world. I think that Orwell's purpose for writing this book was to make readers think about humans and the correlation between power and corruption.
This book represented an underlying meaning of human nature. The farm gradually turned into a totalitarian society of sorts, full of conspiracy and corruption. Initially, the smarter species of animals took over the farm with the most veracious of intentions. But they slowly turned selfish, dishonest, and hypocrical until they in no way, shape, or form had the best interests for the farm.
The style of the novel was a narration. It followed the trials and tribulations of a four legged society in chronological order. This book simply told a story of what is typical of a man with power, except in the form an animal with power.
I really liked this book. I found it very interesting, entertaining, philosophical, and all around a great read. I think that this book said a lot about human nature as a whole, as well as many of today's government systems all around the world. I thoufht it was a fantastic book. ...more
I chose to read, Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, written by Ann Angel. I believe that her purpose was to inform the reader about the life of Janis JoplI chose to read, Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, written by Ann Angel. I believe that her purpose was to inform the reader about the life of Janis Joplin. The book summarized the various chapters of the life and death of Ms. Joplin, as a musician, a drug user, a daughter, and a human being.
The theme of the book was not so much to discuss the history and accomplishments of Janis Joplin, but to enlighten the public about who she was as an individual. She was very self concious, and craved acceptance.
This autobiography was an example of narration. It described the life of Janis Joplin from her high school years, up until her tragic death. Although, it also had some descriptive qualities, such as the environment of the Montery Pop Festival, or her stage presence in many small blues bars.
My opinion of the book was that it was fairly decent. At some points, I didn't enjoy reading the book as much. That didn't as much to do with the style of writing or the author's ability, as it did the unfortunate turn of events. Overall, I found the book to be interesting and informative. This is not the first autobiography of a musician I have read, and it is likely that it will not be the last....more