Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Week Two Post B

Since I'm too lazy to look for a quote or write a letter to a character or the author, I'll just analyze the setting and the characters and stuff. A lot of the book is written from the perspective of two German prisoners of war who have escaped and are hiding out in America. Detroit, actually. They have a strange opinion of America. They don't really dislike it, as neither of them really accepted the Nazi political doctrine. They just think that it is a very strange place where you can walk down the street without being asked for your papers. They find some American to be lazy, but know that there are many equally lazy Germans. They only halfheartedly supported the war to begin with, and accept that the Germans no longer have the strength to win the war. In their mind, America is a land of opportunity, and if they must be somewhere other than Germany until the war ends, they may as well be in America.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Week Two Post A

Vocab 1: Pince-Nez: A type of glasses that work with no earpieces but by pinching the nose. Page 64.

Vocab 2: I've looked through the entire section and I can't find another one.

Figurative 1: "Bolted like a rabbit". It is a simile, it uses the word like.
Figurative 2: "He was a snake". This is a metaphor because it compares someone to something they are not without using the words like or as.
Figurative 3: "...as long as the fire of National Socialism burns within our breast..." This is an example of a metaphor, I think, because there is no actual fire burning and it doesn't compare anything with anything else.

Quote: Walter: "You could go to jail for that." Darcy: "I've already been." I picked this quote for two reasons. First, because it is very important to the establishment of Darcy as a hardcore bad-ass type character. Second, and most importantly, it was the first quote that I could find.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Week One Post A

My quote for this section is from Honey Deal, the main character. When asked is she has ever read Mein Kampf, Hitler's book, she replies "I didn't, and you know why? Because it's so fucking boring. I tried a few times and gave up." I like it because it establishes her as totally irreverent, especially since she is married to a German who prides himself on his loyalty to his leader.

This man writes with an 8th grade skill level, and so uses very little big words or figurative language.

Week One Post B

There isn't much to say about the book at this point. So far it has all been character introduction and that kind of stuff, no story yet. I don't know enough about the book to do any of the things on the list like write a letter or analyze a character yet, and there haven't been any good quotes yet. So I'm just gonna describe the book a little. Its set in the 1940s, during World War II, and focuses around Honey Deal, an American woman living in America who is married to a German spy who believes himself to be the twin brother of Heinrich Himmler, but she doesn't know he is a spy...I just realized that this would make a better sitcom than a book. The only reason that I picked this was that there is a woman with a gun on the cover. It seemed like a good reason at the time. Anyway, the government thinks that he is a spy, and that he is hiding to escaped prisoners of war, which he is. That's all the reader finds out at this point in the book.