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700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

"700 Sundays" by Billy Crystal was one of the most heart clenching books i've ever read. The book is about the young life from the birth until college days for well known celebrity Billy Crystal. Billy talks about his time spent in Long Beach NY and the happiness,adventures and the short time he spent with his dad. Billy uses characterization,setting and symbolism to further grip the readers heart.
The use of charcterization in the story is very important because it gives the reader info on how the character looks. For example on p (76) "Rip was a very charismatic kid. He was handsome, a talenter musican and dancer and girls loved him" This use of characterization was showing that Rip was a very popular kid and one of the kids you always wanted to be friends with. Characterization is very important to the movement of the story.
The setting of the story makes the story easier to fully grasp. The main setting of the story is in Long Beach New York. There are sum subsettings that are involved in the story like Yankee Stadium and the commodore music shop. Yankee stadium comes into play because the Crystal family were giant Yankee fans and passed by it often on their way home. Commodore music shop was the music store that was handed to Billys father by the old owner Milt and it became the biggest jazz store in the world and shipped records all over the world.
Symbolism I believe is the most important part of the book. The symbolism of the book is in the title "700 sundays." The symbolism is the 700 sundays are sybolizing the short time Billy and his family spent with his Father Jack. His father suddenly and out of nowhere died of a heart attack while bowling in his bowling league. Billy did the math and put together the amount of time (700 sundays) that is all the time that he spent with his dad. No kid so young should have to go through the losing of a loved one.
Overall this book was a very good choice that i read. It was very hard to put the book down because there were so much detail on every page. I really loved all of the devices that were used because it made it a lot easier to see the messages. Next time you see one of your loved ones make sure you tell them you love them because you never know what can happen just like in Billy's case.
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Samakosky B.Crystal is a comedian. How did he use humor to tell the story or o relieve the pain he felt with his father's passing?

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