Tags: Children’s Lit, War, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Micheal Morpurgo, David Almond
Tags: Children’s Lit, War, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Micheal Morpurgo, David Almond
My thoughts on the historical crime novel The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.
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Strategies to start developing a character and supporting characters for historical fiction writing. Based on Writer’s Workshop curriculum; Teacher’s College, NY.
The first of four volumes, published during the years 1873-1876, it is considered to be the archetypal, erotic Victorian novel. Young Charlie Roberts exudes an insatiable sexual appetite. His proclivities are awakened by Mrs Benson, a friend of the family. Charlie immediately applies his knowledge in sexual encounters with siblings and in the ultimate wooing of the exquisite family governess, Miss Emily.
Originally banned in the United States, scenes of various sexual activities may shock many modern listeners.
Public Domain (P)2014 Boutique Audio
The Romance of Lust
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Narrated by: Priscilla Carson , Roger Frisk
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Publisher: Boutique Audio
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Just wanted to clear something up… Looking back I realize that I made it sound like I knew about the events of the Wilhelm Gustloff before reading this book. I was never taught about that in school and it was in preparation of starting this book that I learned about it. I had watched a video right before starting this book of the author talking about the event of the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking killing over 9,000 people. (If you read the synopsis of this on Goodreads you’ll also find out about it: “Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II.”)
So I knew going in that these characters I was reading about would end up on this ship but I had no clue if they would live or die. I think it only added to the tension of the story though!
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The Battle of Life
Charles DICKENS (1812 – 1870)
While “The Battle of Life” is one of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books – his annual release of a story just before Christmas – this one breaks the tradition by not being concerned with Christmas. Rather, its subtitle, “A Love Story”, reveals more of the plot.
Genre(s): General Fiction, Romance
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This is a quick book summary and analysis of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing…poorly.
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This is a story about a young man named Henry who wants to fight for the Union in the Civil War. He leaves his mother behind and finds himself in a company of friends and strangers.
This group of soldiers does a lot of training and marching, but initially doesn’t really see a lot of action. At most, they’ve seen battles in the distance and have seen the wounded in passing.
Henry is nervous about actually fighting and is ashamed that he feels that way. However, after he talks to some of the other soldiers, he realizes that many of them are also nervous.
The company finally gets their big break and they are assigned to hold a line against the Confederates. They survive the initial charge and cheer at their first small victory as a group. However, in the second Confederate charge, Henry gets overwhelmed and begins to run away. He runs so far that he is driven to the general giving orders at the back lines. Apparently, they held the line and it was a victory.
Feeling ashamed that he ran away, Henry walks around the battlefield for a while. He finds that one of his friends is dying and watches him as he takes his last breath. He also gets hit in the head when he tries to talk to a group of passing soldiers.
He eventually meets up with his old company and they greet him because they thought he was dead. The doctor treats Henry’s head wound and he gets a good night’s rest.
In the morning, the men feel good and are volunteered to charge the Confederate line, in which not many will survive.
Henry, feeling cowardly, suddenly gains courage and leads the charge, picking up the Union flag. They celebrate the victory. However, after the fight, Henry realizes that they only charged a very short distance, even though it had felt like hundreds of yards.
Some of the officers see Henry’s heroics and commemorate him as being brave.
They charge the Confederate lines a couple more times, accumulating more casualties and wounded.
In the end, Henry becomes a true veteran.
The author purposely uses ambiguity in references to the Civil War, which is both beneficial and detrimental. By not providing the specific name of the battlefield, we get a sense that this battle is everywhere and all-encompassing. From the description of the vastness of the battlefield, the fighting seems to be going on in all directions, adding to the sizable scope of this war.
However, it also creates a disconnect to the history of the Civil War and loses a lot of what could strengthen it to make it more of historical fiction. Granted, this story was written and published quite some time ago, but in contemporary times, after we have a general understanding of the Civil War, the ambiguity can make readers wonder, “Where exactly does this fit in to my understanding of the Civil War?”
The changes that Henry goes through make this story a coming of age story. He enters the army as a young man and, after several battles, leaves a real man.
Before he sees his first action, we see him battling with feelings of insecurity and cowardice. But it’s interesting to note that once he gets a good taste of battle, he almost seems to be battling emotions of vigor and over-ambition, like he has to hold himself back from charging the enemy by himself.
So what is the red badge of courage? The badge is obviously symbolic, but it turns out that the badge is red because of the men’s blood.
It’s similar to dirty vs. clean football uniforms. The more dirty the uniform, the more that player has played. The guys with the clean uniforms are usually the guys just watching.
When Henry returns to the battlefield after running away, he sees all of the wounded and wishes that he too could have been wounded, as it would have shown a sign of courage for staying in the fight. And by the end, after his courageous charge and wounds, he earns his own red badge of courage.
Through Minute Book Reports, hopefully you can get the plot and a few relevant discussion points in just a couple of minutes.
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The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels. The series airs on BBC America and on BBC Two in the UK.
I’m really excited to recommend this exciting 2018 debut novel by Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. Let me know what you think of it!