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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Critical Reading Paperback – May 3, 2005
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
Amy Wall, an author and poet, studied literature, art, and theatre, earning a Masters degree in English and American literature in 1994.
Regina Wall has taught creative writing at Michigan State University and American literature and art history at Vanier College in Montreal, Canada, and has conducted graduate seminars in literature at the University of Montreal.
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What's different about this book from others on the topic is that it doesn't rely on taking a few specific works and analyzing each of them to death. (If that had worked in high school and college, I wouldn't have bought this book. All that did was suck the fun out of reading anything 'literary'.)
Instead They discuss the main points and suggest questions for you to consider as you read. For example, in a fictional work, what is the role of the comic relief character (assuming there is one)? How are he/she essential to the story?
This book provides the tools for really getting the most out of what you read on your own terms.