Sunday, April 28, 2019

Talk By Stephen Dixon Review

In the short story "Talk" by Stephen Dixon, the narrator constantly changes the way of narration from the first person to the third person and back. This literary method would be a little confusing for readers but it also makes the story unusual and memorable.
Basically, the story is about loneliness. The main character thinks about the fact that he hasn't spoken since the morning. He is a widow, who  lives alone since his wife’s death. The author wrote the character using pronouns- “I” and “he”. They referred to one person. The author splits the character into multiple personalities, as though the narrator is splitting himself into two. It seems as if the main character has someone to talk to, so as he is not alone.

The short story "Talk" was selected for inclusion in the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories. Stephen Dixon's “Talk” presents a solitary existence which makes the protagonist a stranger to himself. Here the pronouns “he” also means “I.” As a result, form and meaning in the story are united and carry the idea of the importance of being an active member of society.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hallucination by Isaac Asimov Review

The short story "Hallucination" by Isaac Asimov belongs to a genre of science fiction and, like other stories of Asimov, it carries the ideas related to the present.

According to the plot, the fifteen-year-old boy, Sam Chase arrived on Energy Planet. He graduated from the school on the Earth and was sent to this place for no apparent reasons. The boy wasn't interested in astrophysics.

Neurophysiology was an area which challenged him. Sam believed that, "Even today, the human brain continues to be a mystery. We know more about neutron stars than we do about the brain, as we found out when this project first began.

It was known that the project of exploring the planet is temporarily delayed. The Commander was sick. There were rumors that people who lived there were affected by hallucinations. Just after arriving, Sam was warned that it was better to stay inside the Dome (large building). However, he went outside and witnessed something which other people considered a hallucination.

Sam didn't believe the common opinion about the origin of this phenomenon: that it was a hallucination. As a result, a new form of life was discovered. It happened because he wasn't close-minded, and that made the whole difference. Besides the first project about neutron-star energy, new project was started- neurophysiology and Sam found his future.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Amigo Brothers by Piri Thomas Review

The short story "Amigo Brothers" by Piri Thomas put for discussion the dilemma which the main characters had. Two teenage' boxers, two friends had to fight in the tournament. Both of them dreamt twinner. They also wanted to best each other.

The author grew up in New York City. This story takes place in the neighborhood populated with Puerto Ricans and African Americans, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The author described the area where the conversation took place, on the river bank across the city, they stood in front of the railway from Brooklyn to another part of New York City.

The story carried the idea of being honest in their intentions. The friends fought with each other, but through it all, they kept their friendship intact. How was this possible ... a reader can know about it from the story. The story is short and deductive.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

A New Kind of War by Ernest Hemingway Review

A New Kind of War by Ernest Hemingway represented another facet of the author's works. It is a news dispatch, a great example of journalistic skill.

Ernest Hemingway described a few scenes which he witnessed being as an American journalist in Madrid, Spain, during the Civil War 1937. The city was under siege by General Franco's Nationalist forces.

The narration started with the line "The window of the hotel is open and, as you lie in bed, you hear the firing in the front line seventeen blocks away." The war invaded into life, it was becoming closer and closer. The author wrote what he saw: "There is the acrid smell of high explosive you hoped you'd never smell again, and, in a bathrobe and bedroom slippers, you hurry down the marble stairs and almost into a middle-aged woman, wounded in the abdomen, who is being helped into the hotel entrance by two men in blue workmen's smocks."

The war in the conversations which Ernest Hemingway had, was represented as a part of everyday life for people. The literary style which the author used made the impression of the war's scenes more understandable for readers who have never been at war.

Ernest Hemingway described in this short article Madrid and the hotel where he stayed, the story of the wounded soldier Raven and Raven's commander, Jock Cunningham. The author paid much attention to describing the sensory details which appeal to the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Thanks to it, readers have a visual picture of the time and place where the plot took place.

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