The Quilt: A Review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

My grandmother has several quilts she made herself. I like them: little triangles and squares arranged in quaint mountain-like patterns. And while reading the book Huckleberry Finn, I came to think of American English as a large quilt. It is made up of many different pieces of languages—Dutch, Latin, French—and America is made of many…

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Gymnastics and Maggie: A Review of Calico Bush

After my first year of gymnastics, I eagerly signed up for a gymnastics camp—what a fun week I’d have! However, although I loved the activities, I soon felt forsaken: only my roommate talked to me.  I came back home with a strange mix of feelings: elated by the wonderful week of activities, but brokenhearted by…

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Laughs are the Biggest Incentive: A Review of Three Men in a Boat

One night, while my older sister was reading, she burst out laughing for the millionth time. I looked up, annoyed, and asked her to “stop, for goodness’ sake.” As she muffled her laughter, my mouth started to twitch. The next moment I was helpless with laughter. I do not know what I was laughing at;…

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Whist-ful Thinking: A Review of Around the World in 80 Days

While visiting my grandmother’s home, my older sister (also my photographer) proposed we learn to play whist. She discovered this English card game by reading Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. I loved whist because it was intriguing, compelling, and risky—just like the adventures of Mr. Phileas Fogg, the fictional character who…

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A Pleasing Flash: A Review of Private Peaceful

“My life flashed before my eyes.” You can find that phrase anywhere—and curiously, it is always written when something goes horribly wrong in a story. But if it is so common, why is a description of “my life” never written? What would it include? Dinner? Sleep? Well, here is your answer at last. Private Peaceful,…

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Story Garden: A Review of The Hawk and the Dove

Lately, I have had considerable trouble concentrating in math class. I think and think and think, but most often I think about books and the characters in them. During the days I was reading The Hawk and the Dove, this problem became exceptionally sharp: in my mind, I always saw scenes from the book, such…

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Serious Time Travel: A Review of Timeline

To me, time travel has always been fascinating. I could meet J. R. R. Tolkien! Charles Dickens! Agatha Christie! Naturally, I read all the books on time travel I could get my hands on. However, after a while I got tired of them and I stopped. But then I read Timeline. This book, by Michael…

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