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Talk to the Author!

posted May 18, 2010, 10:03 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

If you were to talk to the author, what would you want to know?
 
    If i were to talk to the author i would ask him many of questions. Such as did his life experiances spark any of the storries in the book. I would want to know that becuase i want to know if this book is some what a representation of his life. Such as the different relationships with family and frineds. And working for many different people, wanting to be in the acting field. I think i would find it very interesting that the book and the author, even through not a biblography, would tell some parts of his life, how he feels about situations, or more.
    Another question that i would ask the author is did he ever imagine at all that his books would be so powerful they would be taught about and read in public schools. If so i would want to know at what point did he start relizing this. If not i would wonder if he just hadn't thought about it or was their an actuall reason he thought his book wouldn't be that powerful. That also makes me wonder if he thought his book would be accepted at all by people, becuase of some of the situations he put in the story. Such as when this situations with homosexuals.
     I would also bring up many other topics, mainly i would bring up questions off of other questions. I would mainly do this to get a really broad idea of how he really thought while writting this book.

Reminder!

posted May 18, 2010, 7:47 AM by Sarah Trobaugh   [ updated May 18, 2010, 10:02 PM ]

Does the book remind you of someone—a friend, family member, co-worker, boss—or       something—an event, problem—in your own life?

    The book does remind me of one of my friends. Many things that are horrible circumstances are thrown at her and she still stands strong to what she believes. She has had many times were she had to over come many things that happen to adults. Such as losing immediate family members. This is what many characters in the book had to go through. Such as losing their mother at such a young age. Leaving their closest friends and family in order to keep the order of their life. I feel bad for many people that have to go through many things like that, becuase i couldn't imagine what they are going through. Or what it would be like losing a family member.
     Many of the stories in the book remind me of past stories that i have eather read or herd about, through my friends/family. When I listen to these stories i feel greatful for my life and how i am privilaged in many ways. Such as having a consistent home, many of the main characters had to changed through many different homes. Also i am greatful for good friends, i have many really respectful friends (such as kimmy) that really incourage me to do well. This is like silam to him in the beginning chapters.
    The book does remind me of many of people, shows, readings and more of my daily life. I think that is another reason why i love the book so much, and was so interested in the many stories they had to tell.
 

Plot!

posted May 18, 2010, 7:25 AM by Sarah Trobaugh

Is the plot well-developed? Is it believable? Do you feel manipulated along the way, or do events unfold naturally?

    I think that the plot is well-developed. I think because their are so many stories that are so out of the blue and are so scattered around that it make the ending that much clearer. Since all the stories are so different and not in a order at all it makes the reader thing about the plot which also can make it clearer. 
    I believe that the plot is believable. I think that because the plot isn't in any order and is from different parts of the story it makes in sound more believable. I think this because the main character goes through so much through the years of his life, and they don't say it in any order you  don't hink that it is all happening in one moment. 
    I don't feel manipulated because it is the way the author rights the story. And i think that because you are anticipating that their is going to be a new story every chapter that events unfold naturally. I also like how their is the question at the end of the chapter.  
    The plot is well put together. I think that because they have a continent way of writing all the chapters that they really help the reader, so they know the form of how all the stories are going to be told. This can also really help also writing a summary, because you have all the stories. 

Experience

posted May 18, 2010, 7:13 AM by Sarah Trobaugh

Overall—how did you experience the book while reading it? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, or irritate, you?

    This book is one of the few books that kept me reading the book, i think one of the main reasons i like this book so much is because it has different stories throughout the book and it connects in the end. I think usually when their is just one story in the book then i get board really easily were as in this book i always kept wanting to read to the next chapter. And if their was a chapter that was a little boaring i always new that they next chapter to come would be a whole lot better. 
    I think in difference chapters made me feel different, such as the chapter when the little girl was being abused it really irritated me because i really started think and understanding that their are many people that are like that. Also his response was pushing the man, which i think was good for the little girl.  
   Another chapter was when the guy was going to make them blind, that really disturbed me thinking their might actually be people in the world that do things like that. This book really opened my eyes to thinking how that their are actually people that have to go through many things like that, and that they grow from many of their experiences. I think because every chapter is so intriguing and makes you feel differently is why i enjoy reading this book so much. 

Question 1

posted Apr 26, 2010, 5:52 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

     Why does Vikas Swarup choose the name "Ram Mohammad Thomas" for his protagonist?


I have a question to ask mr. oskin.

Question 4

posted Apr 26, 2010, 5:37 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

Several characters, especially Ram and Salim, are big movie fans. Are movies simply a form of escapism or do they carry a more significant role in the culture? 

    Personally I think they are a little bit of both, escaping and significance. They are used to escape the normal life and also to spend time with others such as friends or family. Like in the book when he is talking about how him and his friend go to the movies to watch and be amazed. I think he does this not only to satisfy his wanting of movie watching but to connect and relate to other characters in the story. I'm not really sure yet but, i predict that sometime later on in the story later, the movie watching will come up in the book  again in a form of connect with another character in the book. 
    I believe he uses the "movie watching" to get away of his own life and watch a "super hero" take action. Like him and his friend say they wish they could be a super hero, such as the one played by Armaan Ali. And because he plays such a big role in the movies they wish they could do that in real life. 
    I also think that he watches these movie so that him and his friend will have something to talk about and also they can connect with. Also because he knows his friend is very interested with Armaan Ali then he will want to go with him. 
    The characters and wanting to go to movies, i believe is a form of escapism as well as carrying a significant role in the culture. 

Author

posted Apr 9, 2010, 11:36 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

I feel like the author is very interesting, how he decided to write a story about his experiences experiencing another boys route to United States. I think it is one thing to write about an experience of another person, but to actually go through his footsteps multiple times is wonderful in showing the many things that happen for these people to try and leave their country to go to another one. I believe the author wanted to not only to learn what those young boys have to go through every day in order for them to find their families/freedom but to share a story to many of people for them to be more aware. The author of this book is very interesting how he told a story as well as share interesting facts with the reader. I am sure that it was emotionally hard for the author to write this book but hard as well taking all the information he has learned and taken things out/put things in (facts) in order for this book to be good. I feel that the author had to go through a lot of things when he was fallowing Enriques footsteps. He would hoave to watch these poor boys being robbed and caught as well as not having to bye these poor boys food and helping them that much becuase it would ruin his story. He wouldn't get real information. I am sure the author had learned a lot of things, more than he just put in the book. He had to go through things that were emotionally tough as well as physically tough when finding out all the information and when writing the book.

Mood! :(:

posted Apr 9, 2010, 11:21 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

Does the mood of the story change? How?
    In Enriques Journey the mood of the story does change. It changes to the mood of the short little part they are explaining to us. Such as when they are saying that people are falling off of the trains and getting killed or badly hurt. During that part you feel really bad for the people that would try and leave their country even when they know they may be killed. But the mood will change because the part of the story has changed. Such as the part when the people that lived on the track through them food. The people living their must know what it is like trying and go across the boarder, because other than that they might think differently. 
    Another part were the story changes is when the boy eventually gets across the boarder. During that time you feel very excited for them because like they were saying earlier in the book he tried around 7+ times. I feel almost like a sigh of relief. And then once he gets to his mom their mood around each other turns eventually worse than how it started. When i was reading that whole part I started feeling mixed feelings because i felt bad that he got that far and it is getting crazy and that he is making it this way between him and his mom. 
    The mood of this story does change throughout the book, between being sad to happy, mad to sad and disgusted to frustrated. I believe the authors do this to catch the reader eyes. So they want to keep reading. 

Funniest / Saddest / Strangest

posted Mar 15, 2010, 9:22 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

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



    I think the funniest thing that happened in the book would be the part were when he jumped up in the airplane when the stewardess was saying dessert. He jumped up think that their was something wrong with the plane, but their really wasn't. If i was sitting around him i think i would be more scared then laughing though. Because their is this man running around the plane trying to find an exit. But, when reading this part in the book it was funny! 
    I think their were multiple sad parts. Such as when they all were split up, when the girl was raped, when the children were so tiny you could see their bones and more. When all the boys were split up i thought it was very sad. But i also knew they all lived and got back together because of the prologue.  It was also said when the girl was raped, because she couldn't do anything about it and that she was not the only ones, their were many like her. I also thought it was extra sad when they were talking about the little boy being so tiny that you could see the outlining of his bones, i could only imagine what that would look like. 
    I think that the strangest thing that happened was when they would come to towns and the people would really help them. That was so nice. I don't think that if something happened her that was so drastic that many people would help the people that didn't have anything. 
    Their were many things that happened in the book that made the book very interesting and enjoyable. Even if they were sad, funny, stange or made you very angry it still did it in a way that you would want to keep reading. 

I have learned...

posted Mar 7, 2010, 5:17 PM by Sarah Trobaugh

What lessons have you learned from this story?


    I have learned many things while reading this book, i am thankful for these boys sharing their knowledge with us. From reading this book i have more appreciation for the little thinks we have, and i don't think i would feel as strongly if i didn't read this book. 
    I have learned a couple different things, such as be thankful for what you have because others don't have that much. This lesson keeps playing in my head while i read the book. Their are so many examples of this lesson. Such as when the family got split up in the beginning of the book, when they had to drink their own pee and when they some people get sick and can't get many medicines to help at all. After reading all of these mini stories throughout the book i realize that having my family is something i take for granted. Another major thing that i think i take for granted a lot is freedom and safety.
    Another lesson I have learned is life may be hard right now but eventually it will get better. I started realizing this when all through the book it was talking about how bad life was for the boys but eventually it gets better, like when they move to America. When they move to america they learned many things that made their life easier or harder in a way. Easier because they have the technology but harder because they have to learn the technology. 
    All of these mini stories teach everyone mini lessons these are just that larger lessons.

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