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Songs soothe the soul March 24, 2014

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This song overwhelms me slightly every time I listen to it. It is just beautiful.
Keep Breathing

 

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas March 23, 2014

Now for the review I promised!

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a wonderful book. This was my first time reading it, mostly because historical fiction is not my favorite genre, and after visiting the Holocaust Museum when I was in sixth grade, I really have no desire to see more of the horrors that took place in those awful places. I do believe that everyone needs to learn about the Holocaust, but I am not at all fascinated by the subject, and sometimes people’s obsession with it seems to me to be a bit too macabre. However, John Boyne’s story is honestly one of the best portrayals of the time period I have ever read, with the exception of actual historical accounts from people like Anne Frank and Corrie Ten Boom. Boyne’s choice to tell the story from the vantage point of a young German boy is genius.

The book begins with a boy named Bruno who comes home from school one day to find out that his family has to move because of his father’s job. He doesn’t understand why, and although it is clear in what time period the story takes place, Bruno seems completely oblivious to how the world is changing around him. He relocates and discovers many new things about his family, his country, and what it means to be a true friend. His innocence and naïveté colors the entire novel from beginning to end, and his friendship with the boy in striped pajamas, Shmuel, is strange and wonderful and sad.

This book is listed as a higher reading level than what it actually is. I believe that the subject matter is what makes it a little more difficult, but honestly, any middle schooler could read it and easily understand the tone and vocabulary. I read it in a few hours over a couple of days. At first, it seems a little ridiculous that this nine year old boy has no idea what the purpose of this camp is that his father runs, but after a while, because his character is so solidly himself, it makes perfect sense. His point of view is a combination of childhood innocence, unscathed because he is privileged and sheltered, combined with a certain stubbornness and denial to see and grasp the terrible things surrounding him. I would recommend this book to anyone in a heartbeat, either to introduce the topic of the Holocaust, or to reinforce the lesson. It is beautifully written.

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Coming soon….. March 20, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Dorothy Lynn @ 10:16 pm
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Book reviews on The Boy in Striped Pajamas and Crispin At the Edge of the World

The first is a book my eighth grade student is reading for class. I have never read it before, so I gobbled it up. The second is a sequel to the other Crispin novel by Avi. I love young adult literature so I was happy to find he wrote more in that setting. My brain is too tired to write a decent review right now, especially for a book as intense as The Boy in Striped Pajamas, ergo, I will post it tomorrow.

Also, writing/artist retreat with some awesome college friends this weekend! Can’t wait!!!

 

Writing styles March 16, 2014

I was thinking today, a dangerous business, I know, (anyone? Anyone?) and I Thoth about my style of accomplishing things, in work, at home, in relationships, in my hobbies….and I discovered one constant. I am always juggling about ten different things at once, if not more. Teaching and tutoring? I help with fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and twelfth graders in math, science, social studies, and English. Hobbies? Crochet, flower arranging, drawing, painting, baking, cooking, music, sewing, photography… Cleaning my house is almost always an all day thing since I clean, do laundry, wash dishes, and organize my room all at the same time.
My point in this is that with very other part if my life, I multitask. I never work on just one project, and somehow, it still all gets done eventually. So why am I insisting in working only on ones rioting project right now?it seems a bit silly, and I think it might be part if why I am finding it so hard to finish it. I have been reading all these other writers about how to be a good writer, how to finish your projects, how to make it a career, and not looking at my own writing style and what comes naturally to me.
So I decided that it doesn’t matter how other people write. I need to work the way I work best–on a millions if fervent projects at once. Because that keeps my creativity flowing. It makes me have to be creative in my project juggling. And it challenges me to finish multiple things, not just one.

Oh yeah…also I am getting married in November. I haven’t updated in awhile, so I thought the blog world might want to know. No biggie. 😉