Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland PDF Summary

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland PDFLet’s go down the rabbit hole!

Lewis Carroll says that’s where “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” start!

Who Should Read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”? And Why?

Absolutely everybody!

Especially everybody’s children!

It’s one of those books.

Those very few books.

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll Biography

Lewis Carroll is the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English writer, mathematician, Anglican deacon, and photographer.

He is possibly the foremost author in the genre of literary nonsense, best remembered for his “Alice” novels: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

Both of them include equally famous nonsense poems, such as, for example, “The Jabberwocky.”  “The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits)” is another classic in the genre written by the brilliant Carroll.

Plot

First of all, it’s not “Alice in Wonderland” but “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Secondly – it has very little to do with Tim Burton’s 2010 movie.

And, thirdly, most of its adaptations – and, believe us, there are many! – merge “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with its sequel, “Through the Looking-Glass.”

Yes, even the one which has firmly engraved the images of its characters in your brain:

Anyway, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” – the one Lewis Carroll wrote and published in 1865 – consists of 12 chapters.

Let’s summarize them, one by one.

Chapter One: Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice, a seven-year-old girl, is sitting on the riverbank with her elder sister, trying to wrap her head around the idea of her sister reading a book “without pictures or conversations”!

Suddenly, a talking white rabbit with a pocket watch runs past her.

She does what you would do to if a fully clothed white rabbit runs close by you shouting: “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late”: namely, she follows it down a rabbit hall.

She falls a long way and ends up in a curious hall, surrounded with many locked doors. She finds a key, but both the key and the door it’s supposed to unlock are too small for her.

So, she leaves the key on the table where she finds a bottle labeled “DRINK ME.”

Alice does exactly what you shouldn’t do if you find such a bottle: she actually drinks it.

And, in a second, she shrinks – but now she’s too small to reach the key on the table!

Fortunately, below it, there’s a little glass box with a very small “EAT ME” cake.

Can you guess what Alice would do?

That’s right: she eats the cake.

Chapter Two: The Pool of Tears

You already know the effect:

Alice is now extremely large – and her head hits the ceiling.

She’s unhappy about how things turned out, so she starts crying – and her large tears flood the hallway.

The White Rabbit appears once again, and Alice startles him, so he drops the white kid gloves and the fan it’s carrying.

Alice starts fanning herself and shrinks down again, which essentially means that she now needs to swim through the pool of her own tears.

Chapter Three: The Caucus Race and a Long Tale

Alice manages to swim out of the sea of tears and joins a group of animals who have done the same.

They seem to face a new problem now: how to effectively get dry again.

A Dodo suggests a Caucus-Race – which, essentially, means running around in circles until nobody wins.

Unfortunately, Alice loses all of her newfound friends – mostly, small animals and birds – the minute she starts talking about the exploits of her cat named Dinah.

Chapter Four: The Rabbit Sends a Little Bill

Alice starts to cry but stops once she sees the White Rabbit yet again. He seems to be looking for the Duchess’s gloves and fan.

For some reason, the White Rabbit confuses Alice with his maidservant, Mary Ann, and he orders her to go into the house and retrieve the fan and the gloves.

However, once Alice gets inside the house, she starts growing once again and gets stuck inside.

The Rabbit and his animal friends try to get her out by throwing pebbles at her and – interestingly – the plan works: the pebbles turn into cakes, and once Alice eats them, she shrinks again.

Chapter Five: Advice from a Caterpillar

Alice goes into the woods, and there she meets a blue Caterpillar.

The Caterpillar is smoking a hookah and acts a bit rudely.

However, Alice manages to get his attention eventually and explains to him that she’s started forgetting things.

After failing his test – Alice is unable to remember the words of the poem “You are old, Father William” – the Caterpillar teaches Alice how she can control her size, by eating different chunks of different pieces of a mushroom.

One side enlarges her, and the other shrinks her.

Alice tries this – and, lo and behold, readjusts her size back to normal!

Chapter Six: Pig and Pepper

At the edge of the wood, Alice sees a house.

As she approaches it, she notices a Fish-Footman delivering an invitation to a Frog-Footman: “For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet,” says the Fish-Footman.

After a strange conversation with the Frog, Alice enters the house.

There, she finds the Duchess, her Cook, and a baby.

And also – the grinning Cheshire-Cat which has a strange habit of appearing and disappearing.

By the end of the chapter, Alice takes the baby which then transforms into a pig, and the Cheshire-Cat starts vanishing slowly leaving behind it only its grin:

‘Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ thought Alice; ‘but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!’

After hearing out her options from the Cheshire-Cat (which claims that everybody in Wonderland is crazy), Alice decides to visit the March Hare.

Chapter Seven: A Mad Tea-Party

Guess what:

The Cheshire-Cat is dead on!

Meaning: meet the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the endlessly tired Dormouse!

And welcome to the strangest – though Alice calls it “the stupidest” – tea party in the history of the world, filled with non-sequiturs and a bunch of riddles nobody (did we say nobody?) can answer.

Such as everyone’s favorite: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”

Wait… what?

Exactly!

And that’s what Alice thinks as well so, after noticing a door in a tree, she heads there.

Chapter Eight: The Queen’s Croquet Ground

And what’s behind the door?

A beautiful garden.

And three living playing cards painting some white roses red, because their queen, The Queen of Hearts hates white roses.

She likes to say “Off with his head!” a lot, though – demanding the head of anyone who displeases her even in the least.

The Queen invites Alice to play a game of croquet with her, but it soon becomes clear that this will not be your regular game of croquet since all the game pieces are alive and there can be only one winner.

Soon enough, mayhem ensues, which exacerbates further when the Cheshire-Cat appears, and the Queen wants its head as well.

And that’s a bit tricky since that’s the only thing the executioner can see of the Cheshire-Cat.

Chapter Nine: The Mock Turtle’s Story

Because the Cat belongs to the Duchess, at the recommendation of Alice, they send for her.

The Duchess has a curious habit of finding morals in absolutely everything around her, and soon, on the threat of execution, the Queen of Hearts banishes her.

She introduces Alice to the Gryphon, and the Gryphon takes Alice to the Mock Turtle.

Chapter Ten: Lobster Quadrille

For Alice’s amusement, the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon dance to the Lobster Quadrille, but, soon after, as the Mock Turtle starts singing “Beautiful Soup,” the Gryphon takes Alice away for some impending trial.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Epilogue

Chapter Eleven: Who Stole the Tarts?

Into the courtroom, Alice watches as the Knave of Hearts is tried for stealing the Queen’s tarts.

But it’s a funny trial since none of the witnesses has witnessed anything and the jury consists of foolish animals (though, humans are sometimes even less rational).

To make matters even more surreal, Alice starts to grow during the trial.

Chapter Twelve: Alice’s Evidence

Alice is called up as a witness.

But, instead, she is ordered to leave Wonderland, since she is in breach of the highly specific Rule 42: “All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.”

Alice thinks otherwise, and she is attacked.

As she brushes the insignificantly small card-soldiers away, Alice is woken up by her sister from her extremely “curious” dream.

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Our Critical Review

Walter Besant, a famous novelist and historian, wrote by the end of the 19th century, that “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is “a book of that extremely rare kind which will belong to all the generations to come until the language becomes obsolete.”

He was ahead of his time.

And more than just right.

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The Catcher in the Rye PDF Summary

The Catcher in the Rye PDFPrepare to meet the icon of teenage rebellion:

Holden Caulfield.

The self-titled “Catcher in the Rye.”

Who Should Read “The Catcher in the Rye”? And Why?

If you are a teenager and you haven’t read this novel still, do yourself a favor, skip this summary, and buy the book: we guarantee you that it will be one of your favorites.

If you’re younger – wait a bit.

If you’re older – what the hell have you been waiting for till now?

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger Biography

Jerome David “J. D.” Salinger was an American writer primarily known for his widely read and beloved novel, “The Catcher in the Rye.”

The book was met with unprecedented success, which led to Salinger becoming a recluse, publishing only few more works during the next decade and a half: “Nine Stories,” “Franny and Zooey” and the three novellas “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters,” “Seymour: An Introduction” and “Hapworth 16, 1924.”

Published on June 19, 1965, “Hapworth 16, 1924” will end up being Salinger’s last published work, even though he will die more than 45 years later.

Plot

Welcome to Southern California, somewhere around Hollywood, sometime after the Second World War.

In an unspecified institution – a sanitarium or a mental hospital – the 17-year-old Holden Caulfield is receiving some kind of treatment.

And he’s about to tell us a story of the events which happened to him during a period of a few days between the end of the previous fall school term and Christmas.

Our story begins at the fictional Pencey Preparatory Academy located in the fictional town of Agerstown, Pennsylvania.

It’s Saturday afternoon, and Pencey is playing its traditional football game against an old rival, Saxon Hall.

Holden misses the game. He has also cost the school the forfeiting of a fencing match due to losing the team’s equipment on the subway that morning.

And to top things off, we learn that due to poor work – read: failing all his classes except English – he’s just been expelled from the school.

So, not a great day for Holden.

And it’s about to get even worse: his history professor – the well-meaning Mr. Spencer – embarrasses him by criticizing his work and dedication in his class.

Since the whole school is at the football game, Holden retreats to his room, planning to enjoy the silence and contemplate a thing or two.

However, even that doesn’t happen, since his irritating dorm neighbor Robert Ackley is also not at the game.

Soon after, we meet Holden’s roommate, the womanizer Ward Stradlater.

He’s about to go on a date, so Holden agrees to write for him an English composition. However, he’s not too glad about it once he learns that Ward’s date is an old romantic interest of his, Jane Gallagher.

Even so, he writes the text and makes it a deeply personal one, concerning the baseball glove of his dead brother Allie.

Ward is not too impressed by it, and, to add insult to injury, refuses to tell Holden if he had slept with Jane.

This leads to a fight and ends with the bloody-nosed Holden knocked down unconscious.

Fed up with everybody, Holden sells his typewriter and catches a train to New York where he plans to stay until Wednesday (when his parents should inevitably receive the news of his expulsion).

Once he arrive in Manhattan, Holden checks into the decaying Edmont Hotel.

In its lobby, he meets three women tourists from Seattle and dances with them; but, contrary to his expectations, dancing is all he gets.

So, he heads straight to Ernie’s Nightclub where he can at least have a drink.

However, he leaves the club to avoid an old acquaintance and somehow ends up with a prostitute named Sunny back into his hotel room.

Sunny is all but his age, and Holden suddenly has second thoughts. He tells her that he doesn’t want to have sex; he merely wants to talk.

Holden pays her, but Sunny comes back later on with her pimp Maurice, asking for more money. Holden – being Holden – insults Maurice and Maurice punches him in his stomach.

Holden takes a quick nap, and then telephones Sally Hayes, a pretty ordinary 17-year-old girl, who, if you ask Holden, is also “the queen of all phonies.”

He arranges a meeting with her that afternoon.

But before that, Holden buys a special gift for his beloved 10-year-old sister Phoebe, the record “Little Shirley Beans.”

And also: he spots a small boy singing the song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.”

It’s kind of a bawdy poem by Robert Burns, but for some reason it makes Holden feel a bit better.

And there’s a poignant reason why – but we’ll get to that later on.

Now we get back to Holden and Sally who first go to a play, and then go ice skating at the Rockefeller Center.

Holden uses the opportunity to go off on a rant about society and some other things which really matter to him, suddenly suggesting to Sally that they both run off together and live in the wilderness of New England, Walden-style.

Sally quite rationally says something along the lines “you’ve got to be kidding, man: we’re practically children” – and Holden angrily leaves.

Soon after, he meets and infuriates a friend, gets very drunk, tires to flirts unsuccessfully, and, exhausted and out of money, ends up in Central Park to watch the ducks.

Why?

Beats us!

Holden really likes the ducks.

However, even that visit goes awry, since he breaks Phoebe’s record along the way.

Holden heads back home without it, sneaking into his parents’ apartment and waking up his sister Phoebe, according to him the greatest girl in the world.

In addition to being great, Phoebe is also pretty smart, so she quickly realizes that Holden has been expelled from school.

Worried about his aimlessness, she asks him whether there’s anything he cares about in the world.

And Holden shares with us an altruistic fantasy which, for once, paints him in a more flattering light:

Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.

There’s the meaning of the title for you: Holden sees himself as the catcher in the rye, the guardian of childhood and innocence!

And, also, the reason why that song by Burns lifted Holden’s spirits a while ago! Though, to be fair, it had a lot to do with Holden mishearing “catching” for “coming” – as he learns from his sister shortly after telling her the above story.

The Catcher in the Rye Epilogue

After his parents return, Holden sneaks out of his house and heads to Mr. Antolini, his favorite English teacher, now a New York University professor.

Holden hopes to stay with Mr. Antolini a few days but is alarmed to be woken up in the middle of the night by his teacher patting his head.

Startled and convinced that Mr. Antolini is homosexual, Holden storms off and spends the night in a waiting room at Grand Central Station before he starts wandering around Fifth Avenue the next morning.

Impulsively he decides to leave everything behind him, hoping to see Phoebe one last time before doing that.

He goes to her school and leaves her a note, arranging a meeting with her at the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, and telling her why it will probably be the last one.

Phoebe arrives with a suitcase at the meeting, but Holden refuses to take her with him, so she gets mad at her brother.

Holden cheers Phoebe up by taking her to the Central Park Zoo, where they reconcile after Holden buys his sister a ticket for the zoo’s carousel.

As she watches his sister riding it in the rain, Holden finally feels some joy and fulfillment.

In the very short final chapter, back in the present, Holden reveals to us that he misses his friends.

And that it’s really important to know this:

Don’t tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

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Our Critical Review

The Catcher in the Rye” is considered one of the 100 best English-language novels by both “Time” and “Modern Library.

And it’s listed at #15 on BBC’s survey “The Big Read.”

In other words: if you haven’t read it till now – you’re missing out on a hell of a lot!

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The Kite Runner PDF Summary

The Kite Runner PDFNo matter how life turns out to be for you, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s never too late, to become a better person, and Khaled paves the way with hope and encouragement.

This is one way of recapping the story; you be the judge!

Who Should Read “The Kite Runner”? And Why?

This story shows you how a cowardice young man fearlessly embarked on a dangerous and noble mission to save a life. In all honesty, not many things are on the same humane wavelength as such actions.

The Kite Runner” is an eye-opening novel, that we from the bottom of our hearts, recommend it to everyone.

Khaled Hosseini Biography

Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American novelist, whose work is widely acclaimed. So far, he has written 4 novels.

As an award-winning author, he abandoned medicine to become a full-time writer and storyteller.

Plot

Part I

It all starts with an introduction of the leading characters, Amir, the son of Baba, and a young Hazara boy Hassan, who is also a servant in the house. They spend most of their time playing and kite fighting. What separates Hassan from the rest of the kids, is his ability to locate where the defeated Kite will end, without even watching it going down.

All the action in the first part takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan – a city enriched with culture and tradition.

Amir’s father, also portrayed as Baba, despite being the owner of the house, he is also a wealthy merchant. On numerous occasions, he is critical of his son and extols the virtues of Hassan. Amir finds shelter in talking to Rahim Khan, Baba’s best friend, who encourages him to do the right thing.

Unlike Baba, Rahim emboldens Amir to continue writing his stories, despite Baba’s comments that such orientation is for girls only.

Every story has its evil end, and this one is no different. Assef, a sadistic, and violent young man, makes fun of Amir for hanging out with Hazara boy. He believes that Hazara people, like Hassan, are inferior and don’t belong to Afghanistan.

Hassan even manages to save Amir from the brutality of Assef, by warning him that if he doesn’t stop with the mocking, he’ll shoot him with a slingshot. Assef “withdraws” from the battle and swears up and down that one day, he will get his revenge.

One beautiful day in the city of Kabul, Amir finally earns Baba’s praises by winning in a local kite-flying tournament. Hassan so happy and excited about Amir’s victory runs to take his prize (the defeated kite in the last round). After finding the fallen kite, he bumps into Assef, who gives him two options:

  1. To give him the kite
  2. To get beaten and ultimately raped.

Hassan refuses to hand over the kite, and as a result, he is severely beaten and sexually abused by Assef and his companions.

Amir finds himself in the heat of the scene but does nothing. He reckons that Baba would be much less proud if they don’t bring the last Kite home. After the incident, Amir refuses to talk to Hassan, because he is overwhelmed by a sense of guilt.

“To reduce the intensity of these feelings,” Amir decides to falsely accuse Hassan of being a thief, by planting a watch underneath his mattress. After being summoned by Baba to explain his role in this situation, Hassan confesses his guilt and Baba forgives him.

However, Hassan and Ali realize that life in that house would be unbearable, and they decide to leave once and for all. Amir feels disgusted with himself, and terrible memories continue to haunt him, which serve as a proof of his betrayal and timidity.

Part II

The Communist rule in Afghanistan takes a role in the 1979 Soviet intervention, which was launched with a single purpose in mind to fight and defeat the Mujahideen. Amir and Baba flee to Pakistan, mainly because of Baba’s recent negative comments on Communism.

War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.

Afterward, they settle in a small rented apartment in California, where Baba finds a job at a local gas station. After getting his high school degree, Amir decides to expand his skills by taking writing classes to nurture his prowess as a Wordsmith.

Baba and Amir make extra money selling goods at a flea market, where Amir lays eyes on Soraya Taheri -a refuge of Afghan origins. In the meantime, Baba gets diagnosed with terminal cancer and agrees to one last thing before passing away.

He does Amir a favor by asking Soraya’s father permission for marriage between Amir and Soraya. The Taheri family agrees, and Amir ends up marrying Soraya. They live happily and peacefully in America, but they are deprived of children.

Amir’s career as a novelist accelerates, but one day he receives a call from Rahim Khan that changes everything. He invites him to come to Peshawar, and says “There is a way to be good again.” Shocked by this surprising turn of events, Amir hits the road to meet an old friend.

Part III

Amir finds out from Rahim Khan, that a mine killed Ali, and the Taliban shotted Hassan because he didn’t allow them to confiscate Baba and Amir’s house. Rahim reveals to Amir that Ali was sterile and Hassan was not his son.

He is shocked to know that Hassan was his half-brother and cannot understand why Baba kept this secret away from him for so long. Nonetheless, Amir finds out that Hassan had a son Sohrab, who is now located in some orphanage in Kabul.

Amir doesn’t believe that he has the strength to find Sohrab all by himself and ask for assistance from a war veteran (Farid). Once there, they realize that Taliban officials bring cash in exchange for little girls or boys. Amir discovers that Sohrab was swapped in such “deal.”

Amir ends up meeting this man, who presents himself as Assef. This name does ring a bell, and Amir feels the intensity in the air. He decides to visit his house, where he founds Sohrab. Assef agrees to release Sohrab only if Amir beats him in a fight.

Assef hurts Amir badly, but Sohrab manages to fire a brass ball from the slingshot and hits Assef into his eye. Sohrab helps Amir to stand up, and they walk away.

The Kite Runner Epilogue

Amir reveals to Sohrab, that the plan is for both of them to return to the States, where he will live with them. American authorities demand proof or a document that verifies Amir’s claims that Sohrab is an orphan.

After a lot of struggle, Amir succeeds to take Sohrab to the U.S. At first; this scared little boy refuses to talk to them until Amir showcases some of Hassan’s tricks during a kite fight.

It all ends very emotionally; Amir runs to find the fallen kite and wholeheartedly says: “For you, a thousand times over.”

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. 

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Our Critical Review

Well, this is one of those books or novels that can make you burst into tears. It’s realistic and yet emotional storyline struck the minds and hearts of millions, and for a good reason!

We felt the energy that the author is trying to convey and can’t say anything else other than – BRAVO!

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The Sellout PDF Summary – Paul Beatty

The Sellout PDF Paul BeattyMost people don’t want to be sellouts.

However, in the almost upside-down world of Paul Beatty’s book, “The Sellout” seems all but a compliment.

Or… not?

See for yourself!

Who Should Read “The Sellout”? And Why?

“The Sellout” is a book which examines racial relations in a way not many books before it have.

In other words, the novel presents a unique way we can talk about race and injustice.

That’s why it’s – numerous publications – a must-read.

Regardless of your background and preferences.

Paul BeattyPaul Beatty Biography

Peal Beatty is an American writer and an associate professor of writing at Columbia University. In 2016, he became the first American writer to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for “The Sellout.”

“The Sellout” is both his last book and his fourth novel. His previous three novels are “The White Boy Shuffle” (1996), “Tuff”(2000), and “Slumberland” (2008).

In addition, he has authored two books of poetry – “Big Bank Take Little Bank” (1991) and “Joker, Joker, Deuce” (1994) – and edited an anthology of African-American Humor, “Hokum” (2006).

Plot

This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man,” writes the unnamed African-American narrator of “The Sellout” in the novel’s opening sentence, “but I’ve never stolen anything.

And then he goes on with a long list of some other things he has never done, which include basically every black stereotype you can think of.

But, why is he saying all of this?

Because, as we learn in the very next sentence of “The Prologue,” regardless of all the things he hasn’t done, he’s still talking to us from “the cavernous chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States of America” where he sits “in a thickly padded chair that, much like this country, isn’t quite as comfortable as it looks.”

So, the book is basically a trial.

However, this isn’t just one more novel about a wrongly convicted African-American.

Much in the vein of Ellison’s brilliant “Invisible Man” – justly called “the quintessential American picaresque of the 20th century” – “The Sellout” is one of the funniest books you’ll ever read.

About some of the most serious topics that need to be discussed.

Because, basically, that’s the definition of satire – in its beautifully bitterish and biting Swiftian form we’ve unfortunately forgotten all about in the meantime.

So, what’s the nature of our unnamed narrator’s guilt?

Well, considering that he’s black, the strangest thing you could think of: he’s tried for attempting to keep a slave and reintroduce segregation in 21st century California, particularly the fictional town of Dickens.

What follows is his defense, as he recounts the life which finally brought him before the Supreme Court.

We learn that our narrator – whose confusingly weird surname is “Me” – was born to a single father, a sociology professor,”sole practitioner of the field of Liberation Psychology.”

In the eyes of his father, our narrator was much more of a social experiment than a son.

So, he used all of his knowledge to condition his son into his prejudices which were, more or less, a form of racial paranoia: the narrator’s father saw racism everywhere.

If you’re wondering what this means in practical terms, here’s a scene from our narrator’s earliest childhood days:

When I was seven months, Pops placed objects like toy police cars, cold cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Richard Nixon campaign buttons, and a copy of ‘The Economist’ in my bassinet, but instead of conditioning me with a deafening clang, I learned to be afraid of the presented stimuli because they were accompanied by him taking out the family .38 Special and firing several window-rattling rounds into the ceiling, while shouting, ‘Nigger, go back to Africa!’ loud enough to make himself heard over the quadraphonic console stereo blasting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ in the living room.

Not exactly the best childhood, ha?

His father’s racial paranoia eventually in the narrator being home-schooled. Even so, in the eyes of our protagonist, racism was something much more fabulous than real: more or less, the only place he experienced it, was in theory.

Years later, the police shoot the father of the narrator after the escalation of a bust on the sidewalk.

As a consequence, the narrator inherits both the land of his father – a farm in the inner city – and his role: that of a “Nigger Whisperer,” a man skilled enough to talk some sense into the minds of those niggers who had “done lost they motherfucking mind.”

Sometime later, the City of Dickens is erased from the map, as the government attempt to boost property values.

The narrator doesn’t take this lightly and vows to bring the name Dickens back in front of his father’s old intellectual circle, who goes by the name of Dum Dum Donuts.

The Dum Dum Donuts are headed by Foy Cheshire, who’s basically a second version of the narrator’s father.

So, it’s not a good thing to say to him that we shouldn’t remove the word “nigger” from classic works of literature.

Yet, that’s exactly what our narrator does.

The result?

The title of the book.

Namely, Foy calls the narrator a “Sellout.”

Fortunately, our Sellout has some better things to do than worrying about his nickname – like, for example, rekindling an old passion for a college friend named Marpessa who is currently a bus driver.

And also – agreeing to take a slave.

Agreeing… to… with whom?

Well, the slave himself, the elderly neighbor of our narrator – Hominy Jenkins, “the last surviving member of the Little Rascals.”

Now, that’s not true, but there’s such a thing as “The Little Rascals” curse, and not many of the cast has lived long enough to tell about it – mostly because that’s exactly what the curse prevents.

Anyway, this Hominy Jenkins is so distraught by the fact that Dickens isn’t on the maps anymore that, for some reason, he decides to become a slave of our narrator.

That’s not what our narrator wants, but, in the end, he has no option but to agree.

He is a good master, and he even celebrates Hominy’s birthday, by setting a party on Marpessa’s bus, where Hominy – ah, the nostalgia! – wants to give away his seat to a white woman.

To make the party even more contemporaneous, the narrator glues some stickers on the bus seats, segregating the whites from the blacks.

Marpessa forgets to take the stickers down, and as a result, her bus becomes the most famous bus around – since it’s the safest.

Charisma, the assistant principal at Chaff Middle School and Marpessa’s best friend, believes that the reason why her friend’s bus is the safest one is simple: the stickers remind the blacks both how far they’ve come and how much they still have to go.

Our narrator has a brilliant idea:

Let’s try the same at Chaff Middle School!

They do exactly that, but once our narrator tries to repeat history by trying to integrate white students into the school, Foy and Charisma are a bit mad.

So, Charisma blocks white students from entering Chaff Middle School, and Foy shoots the narrator.

The event leads to the revelation that our narrator is trying to segregate Dickens and that he owns a slave.

Five years later, his case ends up at the Supreme Court.

And we are back in the present – and at the beginning of our book.

The Sellout Epilogue

As he waits for the Supreme Court’s decision, our narrator spends his time mostly sleeping with Marpessa, and discussing reparations with Hominy who has decided to free himself.

In the final chapter, at a black comedy night, he witnesses the black comic chasing out a white couple from the audience, the only two white people present at the show.

His argument: “This is our thing!”

He doesn’t protest, but he’s left thinking about the event long after: “I wish,” he says, “I’d stood up to the man and asked him a question: ‘So what exactly is our thing?’”

In the meantime, Obama – “the black dude” – wins the presidential elections and Dickens (now back on the map) is in full celebratory mode.

Foy Cheshire not excluded. In fact, he’s waving the American flag for the first time in his life.

Why?

Because he believes that America has paid off its debts.

The narrator asks angrily:

And what about the Native Americans? What about the Chinese, the Japanese, the Mexicans, the poor, the forests, the water, the air, the fucking California condor? When do they collect?

Foy just shakes his head and says something to the effect that the narrator’s father would be ashamed of him and that he’d never understand.

And he’s right,” concludes our protagonist. “I never will.

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Our Critical Review

Introducing her interview with Beatty for “The Guardian,” Elizabeth Donnelly describes “The Sellout” as an “absurdist comedy” and “a masterful work that establishes Beatty as the funniest writer in America.”

Even comedians such as Sarah Silverman share Donnelly’s opinion.

And the book got a Man Booker!

Rendering us basically speechless.

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An American Marriage PDF Summary

An American Marriage PDFA Novel

They married… and they lived happily ever after.

That’s how fairy tales end.

In reality, “An American Marriage” is something much more complicated and painful.

In her award-winning novel, Tayari Jones investigates why.

Who Should Read “An American Marriage”? And Why?”

“An American Marriage” is one of only eighty books selected by Oprah for her Book Club in two decades. And, as we’re sure you know by now, that’s a distinction of the highest order in America.

So, read it whomever you are.

It will make you think about love and marriage, about injustice and human nature.

Warning: you’ll probably shed few tears along the way.

Tayari JonesTayari Jones Biography

Tayari Jones is an award-winning American novelist.

She started writing while at Spelman College, where she attended the classes of Pearl Cleage, who helped her publish her first short story, “Eugenics.” Afterward, she went on to the University of Iowa, from where she obtained an MA in English.

She has published four novels so far. “Leaving Atlanta” won Jones the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2003, and “The Untelling” won her the Lillian Smith Book Award two years later.

In 2011 she published “Silver Sparrow.” “An American Marriage” saw the light of day just a few months ago.

Plot

If you know anything about Oprah Winfrey, you probably know that she doesn’t take her books lightly: during the 15 years of its existence, she recommended no more than 70 books on her famous Oprah’s Book Club.

And since 2012 when Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 was founded, she has endorsed just 9 books.

We mention this because in February this year, the very same day the book was published, she revealed her first 2018 selection: Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage,” a book described as “a love story warped by racial injustice.”

Straightforwardly written and “peopled by vividly realized, individual characters,” the novel touches upon the theme of what it means to be an African-American in the penitentiary system of the United States, but also about what a separation from the one you love may mean in the long run.

In fact, that’s where it all started.

In a recent “CBS This Morning” episode Tayari Jones revealed that the inspiration for this book was a love spat she overheard in an Atlanta mall.

“Roy, you know you wouldn’t have waited on me for seven years,” the beautifully-dressed girl said at one point.

What are you talking about?” replied the man who looked as if “he had a long day… and perhaps even a long life. This wouldn’t have happened to you in the first place!

Intriguing, ha?

Well, Tayari Jones tried to unearth the story behind the exchange.

And when we say “unearth” we do mean “invent” – after all, it’s fiction, and she has the poetic license to make up things in order to talk about the things that really matter.

And she does – in three parts and thirty chapters, each of which is narrated by one of the three main protagonists of the book: Roy, Celestial, and Andre.

Part One: Bridge Music

This part sets the scene and features only three chapters.

The first one is narrated by Roy Othaniel Hamilton Junior, a guy who did almost everything right and still wasn’t rewarded by life’s fortunes.

We learn that he was raised in a working-class family in Louisiana and that he used all the help he could to get a scholarship to Morehouse College. An up-and-coming artist, he meets Spelman alum Celestial Davenport, and they become romantically involved and then married.

Sometime later, they go to the fictional town of Eloe, Louisiana to spend Labor Day with Roy’s affectionate parents, Big Roy and Olive.

And then it all goes downhill:

Looking back on it, it’s like watching a horror flick and wondering why the characters are so determined to ignore the danger signs. When a spectral voice says, get out, you should do it. But in real life, you don’t know that you’re in a scary movie.

Roy and Celestial have a fight, make up, spend the night in a motel and, in the middle of the night, are dragged away by the police.

We learn that it’s because Roy is falsely accused of raping a white woman in the motel that evening.

Celestial takes over the role of a narrator in the second chapter of the first part and recounts to us the details of the trial.

Roy is sentenced to a dozen years in prison, the first five of which Roy and Celestial spend exchanging letters.

The third chapter consists of the letters sent between the lovers. From them, we learn that Celestial – or Georgia as Roy loving calls her – and Roy agree to abort a child they had conceived before the punishment, and that, in time, Celestial stops visiting Roy regularly.

One day, she announces that she doesn’t want to be Roy’s wife anymore.

Roy stops sending letters until one day he finally has a chance to tell Celestial the things he couldn’t during the previous five years: “Georgia, I am coming home.”

He ends the letter with:

I know that we can’t ‘start love over.’ But this is what I do know: you have not divorced me. All I want is for you to tell me why you have chosen to remain my lawfully wedded wife. Even if someone else is occupying your time, you have chosen to keep me as your husband these many years. In my mind, I picture us at our same kitchen table, in our same comfortable house, passing quiet words of truth.

Georgia, this is a love letter. Everything I do is a love letter addressed to you.

And that’s the hopeful ending of the first part of “An American Marriage.”

Part Two: Prepare a Table for Me

The second part – which consists of thirteen chapters – begins with a chapter narrated by a guy named Andre, whom we know from the first part as the longtime best friend of Celestial.

Well, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that he’s now something more.

We learn from the following chapter that Celestial’s father didn’t approve of the relationship, but that it went on nevertheless.

And that Celestial and Andre – though happy about Roy’s release – are now worried to tell him the news of their affair.

Made even worse by the fact that the first time these two had sex was on the night Celestial went to Eloe to help bury Roy’s mother, who had passed away from lung cancer during Roy’s time in prison.

Eloe must have some magical properties since, upon his release, that’s where Roy has sex with the last important character of our book, the only one of the four main ones who is not granted a chapter to narrate – Davina Hardwick.

Even so, Roy is not so much interested in Davina as he is for Celestial.

So, he heads for Atlanta to see Celestial, leaving Eloe where Celestial has sent Andre to collect him.

It’s all part of his plan:

It’s complicated, but she sent Andre to Eloe to come and collect me. By my calculations, he should be hitting the highway first thing tomorrow morning. This is why I didn’t tell her I was coming. I need to see her by herself, not with Dre hanging around. I’m not saying that there is anything between them, but I’m saying that there has always been something between them.

An American Marriage Epilogue

Part Three: Generosity

Roy’s plan works, and he confronts Celestial.

She confirms to him that she’s dating Andre.

Andre returns afterward and he and Roy fight.

In the end, out of a sense of duty, Celestial agrees to stay with Roy, who is – don’t forget – still her lawfully wedded husband.

Roy, however, feels that this is not right.

Georgia,” he says as his wife encircles his neck with her arms, “You’re in me. When I touch you, your flesh communicates with my bones. You think I can’t feel how sad you are?

I’m scared,” replies Celestial. “It’s hard to start over.

In the Epilogue, we learn from the letters exchanged between Roy and Celestial that Celestial and Andre are back together and that they are expecting a child. They have no plans to marry, however.

Roy and Davina, on the other hand, have plans to marry, but they don’t want any children.

“Will you pray for us?” Celestial asks Roy in writing, knowing full well how painful the sentence “I am having a baby” may sound to him.

Of course I will,” answers Roy. “My prayer for you is for peace, which is something you have to make. You can’t just have it.

Tissues, please!

No, no… it’s just that the room’s a bit dusty.

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Our Critical Review

Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful” – that’s how Kirkus Review describes “An American Marriage.

Heart-breaking and a must-read.

That’s what we feel that we need to add.

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The Woman in the Window PDF Summary

The Woman in the Window PDFA Novel

Ready for some suspense of the highest order?

Interested in guessing what the artwork is really about until its very end?

Then, by all means, skip this summary.

Since we’re about to spill the beans about next year’s blockbuster of the year, “The Woman in the Window.”

Yup, A. J. Finn’s book is already adapted for the big screen.

It should be directed by none other than Joe Wright – featuring Amy Adams in the main role!

Who Should Read “The Woman in the Window”? And Why?

“The Woman in the Window” is a psychological mystery-thriller in the vein of the most captivating Hitchcockian scripts – which means that lovers of the Master of Suspense will certainly welcome this book to the shelves of their libraries and, moreover, the top of their bedside tables.

In fact, since the main character of the book is a Hitchcockian herself, the book abounds with many references to Sir Alfred and his films as well as to many other classics from the great Golden Era of the film noir.

Most of the reviews have rightfully compared “The Woman in the Window” to “The Girl on the Train” and “Gone Girl” (and even “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – which is a stretch), so if you have read/watched any of these, make sure that “The Woman in the Window” is next on your reading/watching list.

A. J. Flynn (aka Daniel Mallory)A. J. Flynn (aka Daniel Mallory) Biography

A. J. Flynn is actually nom de plume of Daniel Mallory, a publishing executive with a decade-long career in publishing in both London and New York.

During his career as a publishing executive, he succeeded in acquiring the rights for books by authors such as Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling), Agatha Christie, and Patricia Cornwell.

Influenced by his love for suspense fiction and the films of Alfred Hitchcock, he started writing only recently, debuting with “The Woman in the Window,” a book for which he bagged a seven-figure publishing deal, the movie rights of which have already been acquired by “Fox 2000.”

Plot

This “Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st-century twist” – as Val McDermid has described it – begins with a telling epigraph:

I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s something nobody knows about.

It’s telling not just because it reveals, straight away, that this book will probably hide a few secrets, but because that quote is taken from one of Hitchcock’s very best, “Shadow of a Doubt.”

The plot itself, on the other hand, is both an homage and a gender-reversed version of another one of Hitchcock’s numerous classics.

We’ll leave you guessing for a second which one it is.

Dr. Anna Fox, the protagonist of “The Woman in the Window” was once a prominent child psychiatrist but is currently an agoraphobic recluse who lives in a nice little house in Harlem, with no one but her cat Punch and a hunky tenant named Dan who occupies the basement apartment.

Since she is too afraid to leave her house, Anna spends all of her time spying on her neighbors, using her binoculars… ahem… Nikon.

Did you guess it?

We suppose so, but in case you missed the subtle similarities, and you need a trailer to realize them – here’s one just in case.

Anyway, when she is not spying on her neighbors, Anna is doing one of three things.

She is either drinking merlot, playing chess online, or consulting people in an agoraphobia chatroom to the best of her abilities.

Speaking of which – she is especially interested in one of the agoraphobics she consults, a woman who goes by the nickname of GrannieLizzie.

In the evenings, Dr. Anna Fox has a regular remorse-filled chat with her husband, begging him to come back with their daughter – to absolutely no avail. Once a week, her psychiatrist comes in and, as he prescribes her more drugs, he reminds her that it’s not a good thing for her to contact her husband and her child or to drink her medications with merlot.

At least one of these two advises sounds more than sound.

Anna heeds to neither, repeatedly disobeying the latter.

One day, Anna is visited by Ethan Russell, a 17-year-old boy whose family had just moved in across Anna’s house.

Anna notices some peculiarity in him, and the child psychiatrist in her awakens; she believes that Ethan is too afraid of his father, Alistair.

Her suspicions are confirmed when one day she is visited by Ethan’s mother, Jane, with whom she spends an evening playing chess and drinking wine.

During the following days, her fears seem to turn into a dreadful reality.

First, she starts hearing screams from the Russell’s mansion and, then, she sees Jane with a hilt sticking from her blouse.

Here’s a quick recap of the events so far, via the German promotional campaign:

An alcoholic agoraphobic recluse on medications is not exactly the perfect witness, so the police don’t trust Anna’s side of the story.

How could it?

Jane Russell is well and alive and nobody in the Russell family – including Ethan – claims otherwise.

The cops are all but certain that she has invented the stabbing to get some attention.

“Call me anytime,” one of the cops says to Dr. Anna Fox.

When she does, Anna learns that this is not the only hallucination she has experienced in her life.

The Woman in the Window Epilogue

So far, the only thing we know about Anna’s marital problems is that she had an affair with her partner in her psychology practice.

Her husband, Ed, found out about the affair and confronted her.

Anna somehow convinced him to rethink his decision about divorcing him, at least after the last skiing vacation of the Foxes.

In the end, that’s exactly what the vacation turns out to be.

Ed and Anna’s daughter, Olivia, overhears her parents talking about the divorce and insists on being taken back home. Anna is the one driving the car back but, distracted by a phone call from her lover, she crashes the car off the side of a cliff.

Both Ed and Olivia are already dead when the police arrive 33 hours later to somehow save at least Anna.

What’s the point in sticking by her story anymore, right?

After all, Anna has hallucinated through the deaths of her husband and her daughter, making up all those evening discussions she thought she had had with them.

The murder of Jane Russell is just another drop in the same ocean.

But, is it?

Suddenly, it becomes clear to Anna that Ethan is not the innocent boy he presents himself to be.

In fact, he’s at least one more person: GrannieLizzie.

In addition to being the guy behind it all, the murderer with a bipolar disorder who orchestrated everything.

The two confront each other on the rooftop in a scene which screams “adapt me, Hollywood”!

Using a trick from her old psychiatrist’s book, Anna weakens and eventually overpowers Ethan.

Six weeks later, she’s reading “The Real Life of Sebastian Knight” and finally, with the help of her physical therapist Bina, walks outside her home

She releases my hand and walks into the garden, tracking footprints in the snow. She turns, beckons me.
“Come on.”
I close my eyes.
And I open them.
And I step into the light.

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Our Critical Review

While writing this book, A. J. Finn (aka Daniel Mallory) hoped to craft “a psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Kate Atkinson, among others.”

Well, that very Gillian Flynn – in case you don’t know, the author of “Gone Girl” – now calls “The Woman in the Window” – “Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing.”

Stephen King adds “delightful and chilling,” as well as “unputdownable.”

Do we really need to add anything to make you read it?

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Kafka on the Shore PDF Summary

Kafka on the Shore PDFEvery once in a while, we come across a book; we just can’t take our eyes off it.

As much as we want to maintain the spectator’s point of view, this novel really sucks you into the plot and makes you feel like the leading character.

Stick with us, to be introduced to the mind-blowing events of Kafka’s life.

Who Should Read “Kafka on the Shore”? And Why?

Our question would be – Who shouldn’t? If you are fiction lover, and you want to put a finishing touch on your actions, Haruki will show you the way.

In other words, “Kafka on the Shore” is suited for the broader audience. It can be appealing and informative to both teenagers and adults, regardless of any religious and cultural obstacles.

Haruki Murakami Biography

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami is a renowned Japanese author, whose books have gained international interest and fame.

His bestsellers have been translated into more than 50 languages.

Plot

Often, we find ourselves on the fence about how to define good, bad, evil, pure, etc. Not many people can rise to the occasion, and as a result, characterize these elements.

The fiction storyline of Kafka on the Shore, arouse interest among various groups of people. A young boy, called Kafka Tamura, decides to run away from his home in Tokyo, seeking shelter and harmony on the shores of Takamatsu.

This whole journey was triggered by a curse. Kafka makes up his mind to say goodbye to his old life and embarks on a mission, that will change him forever. It’s worth mentioning that Kafka was abandoned by his mother when he was just four years old.

It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart.

At the time, he stayed with his father, who was a sculptor, but prone to violence and mood swings. Kafka will eventually kill his father, and due to the unbearable living conditions, he decides to flee with an intention to start over.

He finds a good hiding place, just near to Takamatsu in private library, where he for the first-time lays eyes on Oshima. This transgender young gay man is the first one who provides support and doesn’t judge Kafka for his actions.

What comes as a shock, that apparently the director or the person in charge of the library is Miss Saeki – his mother.

On the way over to Takamatsu, he meets Sakura in the bus, a hairdresser by profession, who is probably his older sister.

Each narration by Kafka or each chapter acts reciprocally because of the involvement of an old man named Nakata. The life of this mysterious old fellow is somehow brought into line with Kafka’s voyage to Takamatsu.

Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.

Same as Kafka, this wise man was also hurt by his close inner circle. Nevertheless, he somehow manages to avoid taking life for granted.

He lives by the motto – the simpler, the better. When he was young, he had a horrible accident, which erased pretty much all his memories from the past.

This twist of fate, however, gave him something extraordinary – the ability to interact with animals, especially to cats. He never bargained for such deal, but that’s how it turned out.  

For an old-buddy, he is doing pretty great. Nakata helps local families to locate their missing pets, and by doing so, he compensates for his lack of intellectual sharpness and other skills. One of these searches turns into more than he can handle by himself.

Nakata bumps into evil on this journey and decides to reshape the world, by getting rid of all factors that are adding to its collapse.

In the midst of the conspiracy, a new character emerges – Hoshino. This truck driver willingly assists Nakata on this quest and agrees to help him find the missing link.

Nakata ultimately ends up killing Kafka’s father and plunges into new psychological tendencies. With a troubled mind, he goes to Takamatsu, to find Kafka.

He advocates for a joint effort in order to perform certain rituals and interpret some magical symbols. One of those ceremonies involves opening and closing an entrance stone.

What this does is allowing Kafka and all the other individuals embroiled in the ritual, to gain higher knowledge by exploring both worlds. The idea was to expand their awareness about the real meaning of life and how that affects their decision-making.

The Police suspect Kafka and Nakata’s involvement in the murder of Kafka’s father. They come knocking at their doors only to find empty apartments. Evidently, the police are pretty sure that this teenager and old-man are undoubtedly linked to the crime being committed.

Oshima covers their trails by escorting Kafka in the woods, to hide for the time being, until the situation lies down.

Even there, Kafka is not safe and cannot find peace. In reality, he comes across a variety of challenges in the woods, which made him anxious and restless.

Kafka must choose whether to move on, or find a way to reduce the intensity of the curse laid upon him. In the meantime, both Nakata and Hoshino are hiding somewhere out of town, in a private apartment.

Kafka on the Shore Epilogue

Although Kafka never met Nakata face-to-face, this old-man succeed to succumb to the curse, and prompt Kafka to choose life. Under these circumstances, Nakata dies leaving a legacy of good deeds. In respect to Nakata’s actions, Hoshino completes the ceremony.

Kafka decides to return to his home, which means to deal with the police and all the troubles he left behind.

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Our Critical Review

You must give credit to the author, for the fantastic fiction storyline, and narration. We felt like we were there on the scene to, this whole time.

On top of that, the whole novel is written mysteriously, and to extract the key points is easier said than done.

We leave you to read this masterpiece and draw your own conclusions.

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The Fault in Our Stars PDF Summary

The Fault in Our Stars PDFWell, if you haven’t read this magnificent novel, we assume that you have watched the movie.

In all honesty, this is one of those novels that will make you burst into tears (unless you are made of stone).

In this book summary, we elaborate all the major milestones in the lives of Hazel and Augustus.

Who Should Read “The Fault in Our Stars”? And Why?

Who shouldn’t – is the real question! From the bottom of our heart, we advise you to read this life-altering novel, which will give you the freedom to let it all out and turn on the waterworks.

We recommended “The Fault in Our Stars” especially to teenagers, who are enchanted by such narratives.

John Green Biography

John GreenJohn Green is a renowned American author, actor, producer and an editor, whose works have been featured in various magazines, journals and top-lists.

So far, he has written seven books and had a different role in 4 movies, including the Fault in Our Stars.

Plot

The story opens up with the introduction of a seventeen-year-old girl Hazel Grace Lancaster, who unwillingly attends a cancer patients’ group, as a guest. Due to her medical condition, she is obliged to use an oxygen mask, at all time.

The narrative structure of this novel takes an unexpected turn when Lancaster becomes interested in one of the boys there.

After a while, she finds out that this boy’s name is Augustus Waters. Unlike all the other members of the group, Augustus is not sick and comes to support his friend Isaac, who has one eye removed.

The chemistry between these two reaches another level, when Augustus after the meeting, breaks the silence by saying to Hazel that she resembles Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta.

He invites her to his house, for them to hang out and watch the movie. In the meantime, they share their cancer experience, and Hazel talks about her situation as well.

The world is not a wish-granting factory.

Augustus was also diagnosed with cancer, but he is now in good medical condition. Because of the osteosarcoma, doctors had to amputate his leg. Before going to Augustus’ house, they make a deal to read their favorite novels to one another: The Price of Dawn and An Imperial Affliction.

So, Hazel starts first with her novel (An Imperial Fiction). It’s about a girl who’s also diagnosed with cancer, named Anna – and she points out that Anna’s life-journey reminds her of everything she is going through.

Next up, Augustus and Hazel dive deep into the book, in order to smell out the meaning of the story: An Imperial Affliction. August surprises Hazel by revealing that he is touch with Van Houten’s assistant, Lidewij; and they may be able to pass a few questions to the author.

What Hazel bothers the most, is how the things will shape up for Anna’s mother after her daughter’s death.

Hazel figures out that if Anna’s parents are okay, she will have a peace of mind, in such case. Van Houten agrees to unravel Hazel’s mysteries but only in person, and invites her to Amsterdam.

Augustus once again leaves Hazel open-mouthed, when she heard about the grant from a charitable foundation, which helps kids with cancer. This organization agrees to cover her costs and make her wish come true.

Although she is happy and feels really great with Augustus, she is uncertain about their joint future, as a couple due to her illness. She says that one way or the other, he’ll end up hurt, and compares her situation to a grenade.

At the heat of the moment, Hazel suffers another “lung” attack, and she has to be hospitalized. As it turns out, her lungs were filled with fluid, and the body reacted, fiercely. Upon her discharge from the hospital, finds out that Augusts never left the waiting room.

He spices things up, with yet another letter from Van Houten, which is more personal than the last one.

Hazel gets all worked up by the letter, and now she is firm in her decision to visit Amsterdam. Nonetheless, not everyone is pleased with this idea, and the doctors recommend her to stay put, because her “condition” is prone to changes, and she mustn’t travel.  

Dr. Maria with its perspective on the situation tips the balance in favor of Hazel and supports her liveness.

I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?

Hazel and Augustus are good to go, and the final plans are made before their trip to Amsterdam. A simple twist of reality crushes their expectations when they find out that Van Houten is merely a drunkard and not some genius who can answer their questions.

They leave the house in utter disappointment and decide to locate Anne Frank’s house, for a quick tour.

Augusts kisses Hazel, and they go back to the hotel where they make love for the first and ultimately the last time. The next day, Augustus reveals his dark secret, that cancer has returned, and spread throughout the body – the situation is dire.

Augustus takes the role of a grenade, and his charm instantly fades away, but Hazel disagrees and says that he will always be the charismatic one.

He feels vulnerable and weak to take action. Hazel starts to call him Gus and expresses her endless love towards him. Augustus health deteriorates at lightning speed, and he arranges a pre-funeral just for Isaac and Hazel to share their experiences with him.

Hazel says that her love will never go away, and not even death is strong enough to keep them separated. Augustus shares from the bottom of his heart that there’s nothing in this world that he would want to have in exchange for the days they spent together.  

Eight days later, Augustus passes away, and what shocks Hazel the most, is the arrival of Van Houten at the funeral. Van Houten says to Hazel that they’ve been exchanging letters with Augustus, ever since they two met, and he demanded him to attend his funeral to see Hazel.

A few days after Augustus’ burial, Hazel once more bumps into Van Houten. He abstractly reveals Anna’s fate, and the actual meaning of the novel – which is to “bury the hatchet” with death, not to oppose it.

Hazel is not that interested in it and finds out about the sequel of “An Imperial Affliction” that Augustus has been writing in her honor.

The Fault in Our Stars Epilogue

Hazel is now aware of Augustus’ intentions and what he did. In fact, he sent all the necessary pages to Van Houten, for him to compose the story to pay tribute to Hazel.

Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.

Lidewij brings pressure to Van Houten to read all these pages and design the eulogy. It all ends in a highly unusual fashion, whereby Hazel learns Augustus’ words.

His last words are – This world will hurt you, one way or the other, but you have a choice to prevent or allow such a thing.

According to him, having a choice can make a difference in all aspects and Hazel agrees to.  

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Our Critical Review

Do we dare write a review about such masterpiece? Of course, we do, but all the critics lean towards the positive side.

We couldn’t identify a single blemish on the book’s style, storyline, narrative, scheme, and context.

10/10

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull PDF Summary

Jonathan Livingston Seagull PDFA Story

What does a story about a seagull who is trying to master the art of flying has to do with who you are and what you want to become?

And how can it teach you to live a better, more fulfilled life?

Let Richard Bach provide you the answers to these questions.

Because, as much as it is a fable, his ultra-successful “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is also partly an autobiography.

So, it’s about him.

And, consequently, you.

Who Should Read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”? And Why?

In its blurb, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is dubbed both “a bestselling modern classic” and “the most celebrated inspirational fable of our time.”

And, true, if you like inspirational fables such as “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and “Who Moved My Cheese” – and even literary classics with fable-like qualities such as “The Old Man and the Sea” – “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” may prove to be a treat for you.

Just like most of the fables, it is both a short and an easy read (here it is, in its entirety), so most will probably be able to finish the book in an hour or so.

Which means that you have almost nothing to lose.

And, if you believe the millions who quote it as one of their favorite books, you can win a new understanding of what it means to be alive.

Richard Bach Richard Bach Biography

Richard Bach is an American writer and pilot, one of the most beloved inspirational authors worldwide.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Bach started his aviation career in the United States Navy Reserve and ended it in the USAF, as a fighter pilot. Afterward, he worked as a contributing editor for the “Flying” magazine and a barnstorming pilot.

In 1970, at the age of 34, Richard Bach published “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” a novella of fewer than 10,000 words, which sold over 1,000,000 copies in 1972 alone and topped the “New York Times” bestselling list for more than two years, all but an unprecedented success.

In 1973, the book was turned into a movie of the same name which ended up being nominated for two Academy Awards.

Bach never repeated the success of his debut book but did go on to write few more books which became bestsellers, such as “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah,” “Nothing by Chance,” and “One: A Novel.”

Plot

Jonathan Livingston Seagull tells the story of a special seagull who wants to be able to fly better and higher than any seagull before or after him. This, to say the least, doesn’t make him a favorite in his flock, and once he is banished from it, his spiritual journey actually begins.

First Part

It’s morning and the seagulls – a crowd of thousands of them – are doing what they do best – dodging and fighting for food leftovers a mile from shore.

However, Jonathan Seagull, “no ordinary bird,” firmly believes that there’s more to life than basic materialism:

Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight — how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.

This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one’s self popular with other birds. Even his parents were dismayed as Jonathan spent whole days alone, making hundreds of low-level glides, experimenting.

This experimentation helps Jonathan Seagull become better and better with every passing day.

This is how it looks like in the movie version:

However, this showing off also makes him an outcast.

Eventually, he’s cast out by his own Flock, which can’t understand why Jonathan experiments so much with flying, going so far to even fly in the dark.

No seagull has ever done such a foolish thing.

One day,” says to Jonathan the Elder of the Flock as our protagonist is banished during a special shaming ceremony, “you shall learn that irresponsibility does not pay. Life is the unknown and the unknowable, except that we are put into this world to eat, to stay alive as long as we possibly can.

Now, a seagull shouldn’t talk back to the Seagull Council, but Jonathan does exactly that, claiming that he is the most responsible one of them all, since, unlike them, he tries to find and follow a meaning, a higher purpose of life.

For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads,” exclaims proudly Jonathan, “but now we have a reason to live – to learn, to discover, to be free!

To you, this may sound motivational as hell, but to the seagull relatives of Jonathan it’s the eloquent version of “You suck!”

No, you do – they say – and Jonathan is off on his own.

As an outcast, at the end of the first part, Jonathan meets a glowing pair of seagulls.

They introduce themselves as Jonathan’s brothers, and they tell him that it’s time that the second phase of his apprenticeship begins.

So, Jonathan flies with them into a perfect dark sky.

Part Two

Jonathan is now part of a society in which all gulls are like him – they all seem to enjoy flying more than anything, including eating itself.

One of these gulls is the magnificent Sullivan who gives Jonathan few flying tips – including many more spiritual reincarnation-related lessons.

In the eyes of Sullivan, Jonathan must be a “one-in-a-million-bird” since all of the other seagulls there have become what they are through thousand lives.

We choose our next world,” Sullivan says, “through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.

Jonathan, understandably, believes that this place must be heaven.

However, the Elder of this new flock, Chiang, tells him that he’s way off:

Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect. – And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.

Jonathan befriends the Elder, and he starts mastering the art of flying as never before.

He learns to appear and disappear almost at will.

Eventually, Chiang vanishes as well, signaling the moment when the student has nothing more to acquire from the teacher and becomes a teacher himself.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull Epilogue

Part 3

So, Jonathan now takes Fletcher Seagull under his wing.

(Hey – in this case, this has both literal and metaphorical meaning!)

Soon enough, other seagulls join in – all from his previous flock.

It seems that Jonathan has become a sort of a legend back where he originated from – as it often happens with outcasts.

The tables have turned:

Now, everyone is amazed by the skills of Jonathan and dreams of becoming like him.

However, this makes Jonathan a bit prouder than he should be, so one day he takes this a bit too far: he encourages Fletcher to fly too high and too fast.

Fletcher Seagull crashes into a cliff, and the rest of the gulls try to kill Jonathan, believing that he is a sort of a devilish figure trying to break up the Flock.

Jonathan survives the attack, and he and Fletcher start discussing love.

They realize that love means seeing the good in everyone and it seems that, at that moment, Jonathan Seagull forgives his original flock – and is free from the last burden of his life.

He disappears, leaving Fletcher Seagull on his own, resuming the great cycle:

Jonathan, the once-apprentice of Chiang has now completed the education of a future great teacher of exceptional seagulls, Fletcher.

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Our Critical Review

Just like many other motivational fables, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” hasn’t aged well. But, that’s only normal: fables are easily summarized and even more effortlessly remembered, so people tend to forget how innovative they may have been when first published.

It is easy now,” writes Tom Butler-Bowdon in his explanation for including “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” in his list of 50 “timeless spiritual classics, “to overlook the originality of the book’s concept, and though some find it rather naïve, in fact, it expresses timeless ideas about human potential.

One Ray Bradbury seems to share this opinion, claiming that with this book, Richard Bach “does two things: he gives me Flight. He makes me Young. For both,” concludes Bradbury, “I am deeply grateful.”

And so are we, even though we feel that we’ve outgrown our early enthusiasm for this fable. But that may be because – if lucky – we’ve become Jonathan Seagull ourselves in the meantime.

After all, that’s who this novella is dedicated to: “the real Jonathan Seagull, who lives within us all.”

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Way of the Peaceful Warrior PDF Summary

Way of the Peaceful Warrior PDFA Book That Changes Lives

If we have only one word to describe this book, that would be – Wow!

We are really honored to be a part of such amazing, and life-altering masterpiece.

Everyone should take the path of the peaceful warrior, and oppose the egoic sensations which seem to gain momentum.

Who Should Read “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”? And Why?

Well, it would be ignorant of us, to conduct any classification and choose a target audience to which this book would seem more appealing.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is one gem of a book; Dan’s interpretations are out of this world, and as such we believe it’s suitable for everyone.

Dan Millman Biography

Dan MillmanDan Millman is the real warrior, born on February 22, 1946. He is the author of many books, but his life-journey revolves around Socrates’ pure wisdom and insights.

Plot

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is part-autobiographical, part-fictional bestseller, which since its first publication in 1980, appeared on many top-books lists.

Dan Millman is in the spotlight, a junior at the University of California – Berkeley, who seems successful and happy. The storyline and all the subplots are tied up, all lead to a mind-blowing outcome. It all happens in the 1960s; Dan is a college gymnastics star, who continues to do well in all fields except one.

Although he expands his collection of trophies day by day, he starts to feel lonely and lost.

The life-adventure is also spiced up with his girlfriend Susie, who eventually can’t cheer him up. As a matter of fact, each night he has a hard time falling asleep and wakes up drenched in sweat.

Regardless of how successful he seems on the outside, on the inside, his world is crumbling with each passing moment.

At first, Dan is not prepared to admit the problem. Nightmares haunt him, and the fear of death overwhelms him.

In the recurring dreams, one particular face stands out, a white-haired person, who can unravel the knots. He believes that this man, whoever he is, can help him interpret his dreams, and put an end to the nightmares that make him go crazy at night time.

The meeting between these two personalities is very emotional and touching. The movie version of the story puts us into a dilemma, and disbelief – how something so powerful exists, and yet we neglect it, because of our egos:

It all happens at a nearby gas station, where Dan suddenly lays eyes on “Socrates” – a name which Dan gives to his new white-haired friend. This wise-old-man is both the problem and the solution according to Dan’s perspective.

Each night is tougher than the last one, waking up in a cold sweat is becoming a psychological routine, something that Dan can’t figure it out. Socrates, offers his guiding hand, to lecture him about the real priorities of life, and melt his ego, like ice in hot water.  

The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

On many occasions, Dan shows lack of understanding and shallowness, but that doesn’t seem to bother Socrates. He insists on learning Dan, that all problems lie in the future and the past, from a state of total awareness, there’s hardly anything to be unhappy about.

Socrates, place emphasis on the value of the present moment, what does it mean, and how to be fully into it.

Dan is on the fence, whether to go for Socrates’ life wisdom or to follow a conventional path, which yields positive results and elevates his ego to the top of the heap. All of a sudden, he feels stranded on a deserted island and isolated from his classmates.

Left with little options, Dan accepts to follow the path of a peaceful warrior. In the meantime, he develops a crush on Joy – another Socrates’ student who visits him from time to time.

They share various encounters and spiritual experiences, which Dan can’t absorb, and from the perspective of personhood, he is unable to dig deep into his own self and find the real core of existence.

You have to lose your mind before you can come to your senses.

A motorcycle accident puts his training on hold and kicks him out of the Qualifiers for the Olympics.

Socrates explains that each setback and disaster has a deeper meaning than the one appearing on the surface. Uplifted by words of real wisdom, Dan decides to come back stronger than ever by following a strict life-routine manifested through diet, physical training, mental training, alertness, etc.

Dan begins to explore the wonders of the cave and is finally able to see what Socrates has been telling him for so long. Dan somehow manages to convince the Berkley’s Gymnastics Head Coach to join them for the national collegiate championship. Thanks to Dan, they win the first place.

His reactions about the achievements are not the same as they once were. He is quiet and doesn’t make too much noise because from within, he is aware that victories are not the path leading to full happiness and bliss.

The journey is what brings us happiness, not the destination.

On the spur of the moment, Dan quits gymnastics. After finishing his education, he realizes that he needs Socrates now more than ever.

Nonetheless, the old-man keeps Dan at a distance, by telling him to start looking answers somewhere else for the time being.

Dan unable to find the courage, plunges into psychological war with himself, and rather than pursuing wisdom, he gets trapped in the “boring” life-cycle. A failed marriage added to work disappointment makes him eager to dig up the end of the story.

He recalls Socrates’ words – What am I doing? – What would Socrates say about this? He ends up selling everything, and heads towards the mountains, to run into happiness and lay fingers on his new sense of self.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior Epilogue

On the way over, Socrates appears out of nowhere, leaving Dan in shock. Surprisingly, Dan somehow knew that he would bump into Socrates, he felt it, it was the only option one can think of. Dan admits that it took him awhile to embark on this adventure.

Socrates makes the final test, by taking Dan to a cave with an idea to examine his willingness to live the life of a warrior.

There, Dan witnesses his own death and realizes that he is not the body, but the soul. The temporary self – is just a masquerade, and there’s another reality which we can’t see.

Dan realizes that nothing is worth the tears and the discontent. This life is not about suffering, but about discovering your eternal self, which radiates blissfulness. He ends up marrying Joy, – and living in joy!

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Our Critical Review

We are inclined to agree that we all have quarrels with ourselves, and the path to enlightenment is paved with pure heart and wisdom.

If you are leaning towards the pleasures of this world, that’s fine. In reality, if you don’t know who you are, nothing can make you happy.

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