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posted Jun 14, 2010, 10:06 PM by Tom La Borie

So far, while reading the book 'Becoming Madame Mao' I have experienced many emotions. The story begins with a scene of a mother attempting to bind her daughters feet. Any person in their right mind would never do such and act for no such reason. But my first response to this dipiction was disgust. How could anyone put their child through so much pain just so they can live an easy life? Shouldn't it be their choice? Anyway, right off the back i became mad at traditions in China. Later on in the story you learn that the mother is only trying to help her daughter, but in the end the daughter doesnt get her feet bound anyway. Next in the story, the main character becomes very intrigued by opera and acting. Although many people enjoy this hobby healthily, yunhe 9the main character) begins to set a pattern. From a young age until deep into the book, yunhe lives her life as a play, portraying every distinct part as a "role." Yunhe gets so into her "roles" that it ends up being her downfall in relationships, jobs and many other important events in her life.

What are Ram's ambitions in life?

posted May 18, 2010, 7:31 AM by Tom La Borie

In my opinion, Ram's sole purpose in life is to be happy. It seems to me that throughout the book he lives for the future. He also makes it his responsibility to help others. Father timothy taught him how to act nicely to others and to pursue a holy life. I also think Ram goes out of his way to treat others as his family members. He makes up for the fact that he doesn't possess one. He will stop any task he is currently working on just to help out a friend he loves. He works very had for all of his employers because he seems to have a hidden talent: to make friends with anyone he meets. I noticed while i was reading this book, that Ram has few enemies and in all of his endeavors, he makes friends.

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posted May 18, 2010, 7:16 AM by Tom La Borie

Ram has a recurring dream of a tall woman with black hair that obscures her face. At what moments does he have this dream, and why? What does this woman represent? Is she his biological mother? A symbol of hope? Abandonment?

    I think that Ram has this vision of a tall woman with an obscured face because he is sad he doesn't have a mother. I think he uses the fact he is an orphan to build anger or feel his abandonment to overcome his problems. For example, when Ram was being robbed by a dacoit on the train, he was able to remove the gun from his hands and shoot him. I think that this was only possible because having parents would probably help him a lot throughout his endeavors. Also, I think Ram possesses some jealousy for children who actually DO have parents. I also don't think the image of a tall woman with black hair represents Rams mother. He only visualizes this to calm himself during imminent moments. He uses it to feel cared for.

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posted May 7, 2010, 3:14 PM by Tom La Borie   [ updated May 17, 2010, 10:04 AM ]

Why did Vikas Swarp chose the name "Ram Mohammad Thomas" as the boy's name??

    I think that the author chose this name because it really expresses the religious diversity in India. Also, I think that by choosing this name, the main character couldn't be classified as any religion or be placed in any group. I think the author is trying to convey a message by doing this, because it seems to me that he subtly inputs his opinions into the book throughout the book. I think the author rejects the religeous divide that is so normal in modern day India. For example, when Salim was about to be killed when he was on a bus was a perfect example of why people should step out of their comfort zone and live in harmony and peace with other religions.  More people should strive to learn to accept other peoples ideas. People need to learn to not care as much...

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posted Apr 26, 2010, 7:57 AM by Tom La Borie

So far, in the book Q&A by Vikas Swarp, the main character Ram, has been through many journeys and hardships. From killing two men, to helping crippled children in need. I think that Ram's cause in the book is very noble. He always tries to bring the better part of a person out. He always lifts other people up. He also connects easily to the other characters in the book. Throughout the first few chapters, Ram goes out of his way to save people money, time, or from emotional/physical harm. For instance, when the Colonel's study was broken into, Ram called right away and got the Perpetrator arrested. The only thing about the book that upsets me is that Ram tries so hard to make peoples lives easier, but he seems to always be at the bottom of the food chain, and has terrible luck as well. For example, Ram saved up 50,000 rupees over the period of a year, and right when he is leaving to enjoy it, he is robbed for all of it.

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posted Mar 15, 2010, 1:44 PM by Tom La Borie

When reading the story "They Poured Fire on Us from The Sky," I feel sorry for all the people living in Northern Africa. The struggles that the main characters go through every day in the book. Its weird, I think that i feel worse than they do while experiencing every horrible thing in the book. They face everything with utter strength and sheer determination to see their parents once again and be reunited with their family. Im glad that at the end of the book, the characters found some resolve and made their way to San Diego. I would like to meet these boys someday. I think that if I ever had a problem with life or  suffered from depression that if i talked to any of the authors that even one conversation with them could enlighten me and cure me of all my woes.

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posted Mar 1, 2010, 1:46 PM by Tom La Borie

What kind of things does the author like/dislike? What evidence from the book supports your statement?

While reading the story; "they Poured Fire On us From The Sky", I found that the authors don't really appreciate anything fancy. They like the simple things in life. For example, the Dinka children preoccupy themselves by playing with clay cow dolls. The Dinka people live a simple life and have few worries (besides lions preying on their cattle). Another example of this is when the boys are at a refugee camp and use old cloth and dirt to sew a soccer ball together. One example of what ALL of the boys dislike, is when they are mistreated or used just because they are littler than others. More than once in the book, the authors are forced to fend for themselves and the people around them give not a care in the world.

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