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Q&A Blog Entry #1

posted May 7, 2010, 3:13 PM by syasbrian23@gmail.com

What was the funniest/saddest/strangest thing that happened? Why?

    -There are several moments in the novel Q & A written by author Vikas Swarup, which keeps the audience interested in reading the story. A moment in the story that grabbed my attention occurred when both Ram, and Salim were being observed by a man known as Sethji. “The inspection begins. All of us put on our best smiles. Sethji goes over each boy, appraising him from head to toe.” Unaware of the man’s actual intentions, all of the boys do their best to look presentable. The rumor around the juvenile home where they are living, is that being chosen by Sethji will guarantee you a promising future. “Either way, one thing is clear. If you are selected by Sethji, your life is made.” Impressed with Salim’s appearance and with no choice but to accept Ram, both boys are taken to Sethji’s house only to realize it was not what they expected.  Shortly after arriving, Ram and Salim realize that all of the children already living there are each physically impaired in different ways. “I see boys with no eyes, feeling their way forward with the help of sticks; boys with bent and misshapen limbs, dragging themselves to the table. . .” Almost immediately, Ram comes to a conclusion that these boys did not enter this place handicapped.

Blog entry #5

posted Apr 15, 2010, 11:20 AM by syasbrian23@gmail.com

  What was the Funniest/Saddest/Strangest thing that happened? why?

    -In the novel Enrique’s Journey written by author Sonia Nazario, there were several interesting moments that occurred in the book. The most surprising moment that grabbed my attention was Enrique’s uncontrollable drug addiction. “He dabs a bit of glue into a plastic bag and stuffs it into a pocket. Alone, he opens the end over his mouth and inhales, pressing the bottom of the bag toward his face, pushing the fume into his lungs. The absence of Enrique’s mother in his childhood had a significant impact on his addiction to sniffing glue. Enrique’s mother migrated to the United States when he was just a child, in search of a better life so that she would be able to support her two children financially. “Lourdes has decided: She will leave. She will go to the United States and make money and send it home.” Soon after his mother left him, Enrique began misbehaving and disrespecting members of his family.  “Finally, he snaps. He kicks Ana Lucia twice, squarely in the buttocks.” Without his mother Enrique felt as if no one loved him nor cared about him. As a result, he began to sniff glue, which became a way for him to cope with his problems. “Sometimes Enrique hallucinates that someone is chasing him. He imagines gnomes and fixates on ants. He sees a cartoonlike Winnie-The-Pooh soaring in front of him. He walks, but he cannot feel the ground. Sometime his legs will not respond. Houses move. Occasionally, the floor falls.” As the story progresses, Enrique never completely stops doing drugs.

Blog Entry #4

posted Apr 10, 2010, 7:51 AM by syasbrian23@gmail.com

What problems develop almost immediately when Enrique is reunited with his mother? Do these problems surprise you?
 
    -Soon after Enrique’s mother left him behind in Honduras when he was just a child, Enrique began to display the effects that his mother leaving had on him. These effects included misbehaving at school, disrespecting family members, and he even developed a drug addiction. “Through the dimness, she sees Enrique in his bed, puffing on a bag. He is sniffing glue.”  As all these problems occurred, Enrique’s excuse for his actions was that he needed his mother. At one point in the book, Enrique had finally decided to travel to the United States illegally on the trains, facing dangerous obstacles on the way. “One Sunday, he and his friend Jose put train riding to the test. They leave for El Norte.”  Enrique was caught and deported several times but nothing was going to stop him from being with his mother in the United States. After numerous attempts, Enrique had finally made it to the United States and saw his mother for the first time since he was just a child. Shockingly, as years past, Enrique and his mother’s relationship began to fall apart. “Enrique knows he does not hate his mother. But with each passing day, his resentment grows.”  In addition, Enrique began to go back to his old ways, such as drinking alcohol and doing drugs. Enrique’s move to the United States became a disappointment.
    

Blog Entry #3

posted Mar 8, 2010, 10:56 PM by syasbrian23@gmail.com

How did this book make you feel about your own life?
 
    -By reading They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, it really allowed me to have a different outlook on life. This story has helped me realize that I live a very fortunate life, and to appreciate everything in it. These three boys have experienced many horrible things at a very young age, which tells me that I have absolutely nothing to complain about. As their villages were being attacked, Benson, Alephonsion, and Benjamin were forced out of their homes, separating them from their families for years without any communication. Each of the boys went on a journey to search for safety running into many obstacles on the way. “Now that he’s fallen down, he’s not going to wake up. That’s it. He’s dead.” These boys witnessed several people die from starvation, diseases, and dehydration on their journey but refused to be one of them. Walking from town to town, exhausted, and knowing that they could die at any moment, the three boys continued to move forward overcoming all obstacles. At such a young age the boys displayed courage, strength, and maturity throughout the story. After reading this story I have a better appreciation for my family, my health, and having a stable home.

Blog Entry #2

posted Mar 1, 2010, 9:58 PM by syasbrian23@gmail.com

Does the mood of the story change? How?
    

-Yes, the mood of the story changed dramatically. In the beginning of the story, the author created a soft tone by first discussing each character and their situation. Each of the three boys had a different aspect of life in Sudan, giving the readers three different point of views. As the story progressed, the mood grew darker and darker. “A bright red fireball fell from the sky. Its thunder echoed to the edge of the forest. Troops were attacking with heavy weapons.” A tragic war broke out, causing each of the boys to flee from their homes and separate from their friends and family. Trying to escape from the violence, the boys went on separate journeys trying to reach safety. On their journeys these young boys witnessed many people dying from starvation, dehydration, diseases, and some were even eaten by animals. As these events continued, the mood of the story became more depressing as if there was no hope of survival for these people walking from town to town searching for food and water.

 
 

Brian Lamar Syas Jr.

posted Feb 18, 2010, 3:03 PM by syasbrian23@gmail.com

        My name is Brian Syas, and I currently attend Digital Media & Design at Kearny high school as a sophomore. I’m 16 years old, and I was born on February 5th, in San Diego, CA. I live in El Cajon city with my mom and sister. I’m on the JV basketball team at my high school, and love playing basketball whenever I can. My favorite sports teams are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oakland Raiders. After receiving my high school diploma I plan to attend college and continue my education while also pursuing basketball, hopefully playing at a professional level someday. At the moment I have not yet decided on what I would like to do for a living in the future. After completing college I would love to move to New York where I plan to experience new things and meet new people. I’m very outgoing, I have many close friends that I hang out with as much as possible. I live everyday like its my last, taking advantage of every moment of life.
 
 
 

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