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Post  WillMeisner on Thu May 05, 2011 2:09 am

What devices add credibility to this book?
This book is written in a way that makes people believe that it is real; in fact, that was a question posed in my fourth period class. The simple details in this book are what make this story so realistic. These extra details pull everything together, and make the reader feel as if they are listening to a memoir of someone. On page 31, the chapter "Spin" begins. This chapter presents different ancedotes to the reader- ancedotes that are put together in a way that seems too realistic to be fake. Who could make up a boy without a leg, or the love for an old man who helps people through mine fields? No one.

In addition to these extra details, repetition also plays a role in making this book realistic. From pages 2-3, the details of how Lavendar "was shot" was repeated over and over again. This adds to the overall tone of the book, and makes the reader seem more human and real, more sympathetic, toward the whole situation. The fact is is that this book isn't a book dedicated to killing thousands of people with napalm and awesome equipment. This book is a book dedicated to the effects of the war on people as they hike and kill and are killed.

Page 37. Read it. Read the imagery that is presented to the reader. This imagery is so precisely created with its diction, that the author MUST have experienced "the damp, fungal scent of an empty body bag", or the "field of elephant grass wieighted with wind...". The imagery in this book is what really draws the whole thing together and adds to the credibility of the author. There is no way that these details can be put together in a person's mind.

And what about when the author says that a story is "true", like on page 67? How can one ignore that? The author added so many realistic details up to this point that he is believed. This is the beauty of it all- the author adds so many details, with so much imagery, that the entire story is believed, along with the characters, plot, and author. That is why the sentence on the back cover, "The powerful and enduring work of fiction about men and war..." cannot be believed: It is not written with the author's tone.


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Post  Admin on Fri May 06, 2011 9:17 am

Will this is eloquently written with support from the book to back up your assertion. This is Exactly the level of response I am looking for from our class-BRAVO!


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