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The Pace of Youth – Notes

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This is part of our Review of The Open Boat & Other Stories. Short Summary A boy works the merry go round; a girl sells tickets nearby. An eyes-only but tumultuous love affair fills the summer. The girl’s father owns the carnival and tries to break it up by threatening them both. They look away […]

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Review: The Open Boat & Other Stories

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Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat & Other Stories” is a story collection published in 1898, when the author was 27, two years before his death of tuberculosis in a German sanatorium. After the titular work, the most famous story in the work is “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky”. “The Open Boat” story is included […]

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“The Sisters” by James Joyce

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Impressions & Analysis Story Response: Another Cotter Story . Project Gutenberg has free ebooks of Dubliners . Joyce wrote “The Sisters” in 1904 for The Irish Homestead. In 1914 a longer but more subtle version was included in his short story collection Dubliners. Below we included first the later version, and then the original. But […]

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“The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane: Story Elements, Discussion, Quotes (Spoiler Alert!)

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Introductory Remarks & The Original Story Story Response: Survivor Three men clamor from a sinking ship onto a lifeboat. They are known only as “The Captain”, “The Cook”, “The Oiler” and “The Correspondent”. The point of view is localized omniscient: more and more insight is available around the correspondent, and occasionally we even learn exactly […]

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“The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane

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This story is available for free as part of a story collection at Project Gutenberg: The Open Boat & Other Stories Introductory Note:In 1897, Stephen Crane was shipwrecked off the coast of Florida while on his way to Cuba, where he was to work for The Bacheller newspaper syndicate as a war correspondent covering the […]

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“Love of Life” by Jack London: Reaction & Analysis (warning: spoiler alert in “Plot” section)

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Language is simple and straight-forward. Scenery, external and internal sensations, hopes and fears: all descriptions flow along together. Voice is omniscient narrator but only focused on the actions and happenings around and internal world of the main character. Story is sad. Man is sick, starving, hurt, and exhausted. Wolf too. Both are dying. Science men […]

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Mix Tape #1 – Full Random

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Moby Dick – CHAPTER 1. Loomings. Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving […]