The book was a major drag. It took me about a month to be able to finish it. All in all, I can say it’s a wonderfully written book. As far as the story itself, I didn’t find it very captivating. The events that happened were randomly introduced and the time given to process the previous events didn’t exist. What im trying to say is that at one moment it would be stating what a certain person was doing, and all of a sudden it would describe their death. After having a character die, Gabriel Garcia Marquez would immediately start to describe the actions of another process. The shock of having someone die wasn’s given time to sink in.
For the project I was given I was told to identify the climax of the book I was reading. I was confused as to what it was beccause there isn’t a major conflict stated in the book. The various stories included had their own conflicts but none of them were complicated enough to last throughout the whole book. In the end, the climax that I could find was when the last Aureliano was able to understand the parchments that Melquiades left behind. It seemed wrong because after the climax there is supposed to be a falling action and finally the reasolution, right? Well the book ended right at, my supposed, climax. There was no faling action and no resolution because everyone dies.
I did, however, love the ending. All the books I have read have some kind og happy ending. This one has the ending I have always dreamed of where every single person ends up dead. The death of the baby was somewhat comical. I feel cruel saying this but I found it funny and ironic how his dad, Aureliano, said that he would win thirty-two wars. He didnt even have a chance to take thirty-two breaths. The ending also felt very deserted. I felt how there was barely in the town. It wasnt mentioned often but the whole “ghost town” feeling was definitely there.
I honestly thought the book would never end with all the new characters ever so often. I enjoyed the ending, but I don’t believe I will ever again read the book. I’m glad I read it though because I had never read a book that explains the history of a family in novel form.
I’ve heard that they want to close Wadddell. What exactly is going on? I wish i was there so I could know all of the drama. Mr. French could you fill me in?
Do you have any kids that remind you of Rani and me? That would be kind of cool. The teacher I have for english now is the one I’ll have for Junior and Senior year. That I know of, she’s the only IB English teacher. A lot of the IB kids say that she’s a really good teacher, so I’m hoping it’s true. Have you read “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Marquez? My teacher uses that book for the Juniors.
I really am excited about doing IB next year. I’ve always wanted to challenge myself academically. At Waddell, it didnt feel like that much of a challenge. At my school right now, it’s so different. When teachers ask questions, I find myself thinking “I don’t know” most of the time. I love it!
I want to suggest something. You should ask more questions that require thought in your regular class. It really helped to get us talking after school. If more people participated in your regular class I think they would pay more attention. My teacher here also asks for our opinions. It really helps when you’re trying to understand something. If you hear another person’s point of view, you may begin to understand something that you didn’t before. Am I making sense? You don’t have to be in Honors to have thoughts on a certain story. I don’t know if you can fit it into what you teach. I just feel like it really helps.
I got it cleared up. The school I go to offers the IB Diploma Programme. When they saw my transripts and saw that I had all Honors classes and “A”s the lady was like “Would you like to be in IB?”. I knew what it was since Myers Park is an IB school. Apparently the IB they offer is for Juniors and Seniors. The classes I’m taking now is IB Prep. My English teacher is cool. She’s young too so she isnt like those old grouchy english teachers. As opposed to Waddell, all the kids in my class are Honors so I don’t stick out like I did in your class. It’s awkward, I had gotten used to being the one answering the questions. I hardly ever talk, in any of my classes. From what Ms. Conti (my english teacher’s name) explained today, IB is all about essays on how well you deliver your opinions. Mr. French, you know how much I dislike writing essays. When she mentioned essays I was like “Oh no!”. I’m up for the challenge though.
I finished Wuthering Heights. I have to say I REALLY liked it. It had a happy ending. Heathcliff died a miserable grouch. I do feel sorry for him though. I place all the fault of Heathcliff’s misery on Catherine. All because she cared more about money than she did about Heathcliff. She never once thought about how her marriage to Edgar would make Heathcliff feel. It’s all Catherine’s fault. It’s always the chic’s fault. Just like Juliet with Romeo. I never even knew that Catherine’s illness was pregnancy. All of a sudden it said that Cathy was born and then Catherine died. At that point I was like “She was pregnant?”. I now understand who Cathy was when she was first introduced in the beginning. Is Wuthering Heights one of those books that starts in the middle of the story? I think the term was “In Medias Res” or something like that. Like The Odyssey. I find it strange that it was okay to marry your cousin back in the day. I’m glad both Cathy and Hareton had a happy ending. The ”pose” Heathcliff died in made me laugh. The grin seems to go with his character. I really enjoyed the book.
Ms. Conti assigned a book report every quarter in which we have to read a 400-page book. I was going to read “The Woman in White” but it seems too long for now. I don’t think I’ll finish it in time. I’m going to see if my school library has “100 years of Solitude”. It sounds like a very interesting book.
I’m confused too. IB English 3 is what my schedule says. The syllabus my teacher gave me says “Pre-IB/Honors Sophomore English”. Thank you for all the books. I had to leave most of my books behind, so now I have books to look for in the school library. The books you’re pretty sure I read, I haven’t read. I only read the first line to Pride and Prejudice and disagreed instantly. I’ll give it a try eventually. I read Night by Weisel already. The images described in the book were harsh. The sad part is that I know they truly happened in real life. Most of the books you mentioned I have seen but never read.
I really enjoy Wuthering Heights. I think Catherine is beyond crazy. She always finds a way to make herself the victim of problems. I want to slap Catherine. Heathcliff is hard to understand. Nelly talks more about Catherine than she does about Heathcliff, so I can’t see who he really is as a character yet. The little bit said hasn’t really “clicked” yet. I left off where Catherine has locked herself in her room for three days and Nelly has just come in to give her food. It’s hard to put my thoughts about the book into words. All I can say is that I really like it.
Mr.French, here in Arizona I was put into IB English 3. The class seemed okay. I can’t tell yet because today was my first day. They started school here the 16th, but I had some problems registering so I just started today the 18th. The teacher gave us a list of books we will read. The books listed are: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I was wondering if you had read any of these books. It would be cool if you gave me a list of books to read. So far, I’m really enjoying Wuthering Heights. I regret not getting farther into the book the last time I tried reading it.
I am farther into the book now than I was last time I stopped reading it. Mr. Lockwood is so nosy. He broke into Wuthering Heights when the gate was locked. He also forced his company upon Heathcliff and the girl living there. I’m confused as to who she is though. Heathcliff said she was his daughter-in-law. I’m guessing that it will be explained later on in the book.
Mr. French, I am sad to say that I won’t be able to visit you next year due to the fact that I am moving. I am going away to live in Arizona. If you don’t mind I would like to still post my thoughts on any books I read. I am planning to give Wuthering Heights a try again. I also recently got The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Is it a good book? It sounded interesting but I’m not sure.
So does that mean I got a 98? I don’t understand the percentile thing.
It is kind of cool to be reading at a college level. I used to HATE reading books. I remember in elementary school, every time I was told to read a book, I would stay away from it as much as possible. The book that actually got me reading was Twilight. I don’t even know how I managed to start reading a 500 page book. Once I finished all four books, I started “exploring” more books. Sometimes, my mom tells me I read too much. I just laugh because she doesnt understand how beneficial it is.
Next year, I’ll try to go say “Hi” to you Mr. French. Wait, I have ROTC in that hallway so I will see you. So far, you’ve been my favorite English teacher.