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Kit Masters is the author of Rūta, the heartbreaking allegorical novella. He is a writer, an artist and a teacher. His writing is immersive and personal, shocking and enticing, poetic and real. Peilis is his second work of fiction.
Although he maintains that his novel Ruta is fictional, it is clear that Kit Master's is intimately familiar with the book's subject matter. Told from the perspective of a once optimistic but now disenchanted teacher, Ruta illuminates some of the frustrations and disappointments faced by many teachers today. Classrooms full of apathetic students, behavioral problems, and in some cases sociopathic tendencies, drive many a teacher running, screaming from the profession regretting ever having made the choice to teach. It is into this setting that we watch as the teacher, despite his ever increasing dislike of his career choice, finds a bright spot in the form of a young Lithuanian girl named Ruta. Eager to learn and to please, Ruta stands in stark contrast to the attention seeking, thieving, ill tempered "lumps" in the class and it is easy to see why he becomes fixated on her. More than just a story about an increasingly neurotic teacher working in a failing public school, Ruta highlights the narrator's need to tell his story as way of sorting out and moving forward with his life. He lets us know that he does not enjoy writing this story; in fact, he has avoided it because- "I know how it ends..." As the reader follows the narrator on his journey, much is learned about the inner workings of his mind through the numerous sketches carefully placed throughout the book. The sketches represent the narrator's interpretations of famous works and they speak volumes about his chaotic and at times fragile mental state. The sketches and the accompanying text prime the reader for the chapter that follows. The narrator wants us to see as well as read about his experiences and to that end, he is careful to point out why his interpretations of famous works look as they do.Read more ›
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The life of an artist is not always that simple and the feelings expressed by the painter, artist, sculpture are often depicted within the pastels, paints, watercolors or charcoal used to create the images, structures or events that the artist creates on the canvas. As you hear the voice of this author and understand his rationale for his work, the reasons he singled out certain paintings of the masters he will blend his own thoughts, his life, that of others that he came in contact with in this unique novel that teaches many lessons in life about children, hardships and much more: Meet Ruta and hear the words of author Kit Masters.
Everyone wants to be accepted and fit in with not only his or her peers but with society too. Teens face extra-added pressure placed on them by those they encounter in the social media, teachers and parents that require they follow rules and adhere to rigorous schedules. The author relates his feelings and firsthand experiences about his tutoring and how those starting out are idealistic and hopeful and later realize that things change, rules are defected and hopefully some students will be successful.
He then goes back to expressing his feelings about Dylan and playing Guthrie. Imagining himself as not only them but Bowie too says that he appears to feel lonely, lost, cold and needs to find a purpose just knowing the type of songs these three artists play and their words.
Explaining next the plight of his students, the poverty level of the school and the fact that the as he puts it "the mediocrity got to me." As an educator and working with students who had learning difficulties I had to find ways to help each one and use different teaching styles to create a reading program that would reach most if not all.Read more ›
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