The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas tells a story starts with D’Artagnan came to Paris wishing to join the king's musketeers. He immediately went to see their captain, Treville. While hurrying, he angers three of the best musketeers; Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. And every one challenges him to a duel with D’Artagnan. Since dueling is illegal, the guard came. The musketeers happily beat the guards with D’Artagnan, and he became a friend to the three of them.
D’Artagnan soon settled in in Paris, wishing that he would be a musketeer soon. In the meantime, he rented an apartment above a shop.
A cardinal and an evil lady named Milady de Winter tried to remove the name the queen with the king's name, therefore giving the cardinal more power than the king. The queen is trying to stop the forces of the English Duke of Buckingham. A trusted wife has become the messenger of the queen and the Duke of Buckingham. She had also become a target for the cardinal who thinks that she can expose the queen. D’Artagnan was involved when he met Milady and was shocked by her performance, elegance, and intelligence.
About this time, Athos, to distract D’Artagnan told him about a man who married and he later found out that he was a thief was convicted, thief. He believes the evil woman is now dead. The man is, of course, Athos, but he doesn’t tell D’Artagnan that.
Next, the Cardinal, through Milady tricked Buckingham into coming to Paris. Buckingham went to Paris, but the queen refused his proposal. He asked for a gift, and the queen gave him twelve diamonds; then, with D’Artagnan’s help, he left England safely.
Still plotting to trap Queen Anne, Richelieu suggested King Louis give a ball ten days hence at which the queen can wear the diamond studs the king has given her, and he sent Milady to London to steal the jewels from Buckingham. Learning of the ball, the queen wrote to Buckingham to return the jewels to her, and she asks D’Artagnan to take the letter to England. D’Artagnan enlisted the help of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis; and the four raced off to England.
The next morning, Milady arrived at the dock first and tried to get the jewels, but Buckingham would not give her the studs, so she stabbed him. D’Artagnan arrived, preventing her from stealing the jewels, but not in time to prevent Buckingham’s death.
Finally, the four caught up with Milady. They accused her of her various crimes and passed the sentence of death—and Athos recognized her as his past wife he thought was dead. However, Milady cheated them of revenge by stabbing herself. The musketeers kneel and ask for God’s forgiveness on all of them.
All in all, this book is a great read. It teaches lots of valuable lessons. But the central part why I think this book is so good is from the character Milady. She is the most intriguing character in all the books I've read. The author emphasizes on what they do and don't do and includes many details.
1. What was the poison disguised as?
2. Who was D'Artagnan's father?
3. What's Milady's name?
This story is about a respected man named Okonkwo in Nigeria who encounteredEnglish invaders that tried to change his igbo religion. Along the way, he faced many problems with family, his reputation, and much more. He later died by a suicide hanging.
Okonkwo was a wealthy and respected fighter of a clan, a Nigerian tribe that is part of nine connected villages. He was devastated by the actions of his father. In response, Okonkwo became a clansman, warrior, and farmer.
Okonkwo had a twelve-year-old son named Nwoye. Okonkwo worries that Nwoye will end up a failure like his father. In a deal with a neighboring tribe, Umuofia also got a teenage boy. Okonkwo took control of the boy, Ikemefuna, and found an ideal son in him. Nwoye liked the newcomer. Even though Okonkwo has fondness for Ikemefuna, Okonkwo does not let himself show any fondness for him. The boy stayed with Okonkwo for three years. Okonkwo's son respected Ikemefuna as his older brother and developed a more manly attitude. However, a village elder later notified that Ikemefuna has to be killed. Since Okonkwo is like a father figure to the boy, the elder tells him not to take part in the killing. Okonkwo later lied to Ikemefuna telling him he need s to go back to him own village once again. Okonkwo's son bursts into tears. Ikemefuna later gets murders as a sacrifice by his own father.Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna to not look weak to the other tribesmen. Okonkwo goes into depression where he cannot eat or sleep.
During a week of peace, he beats his wife for arriving lat to make the afternoon meal. His neighbor scolded him for disturbing the peace.
At the elder's gigantic funeral, the beat drum and play music. Trouble later occurs when Okonkwo's gun explodes and kills a boy. Since killing another clans person is illegal to a goddess, Okonkwo has to take his family to another village to pay for what he's done for seven years. He takes almost all of his belongings and takes him to his mother's and uncle's village. His uncle especially supports him and even builds new huts, just for him. His uncle also gives him yam seeds to start a farm. Even though he is angry at his luck, he tries his best to keep on going.The people back at his village burn down his house and kill his animals to "clean" the village.
They first came nicely but then became cruel. They came to the village and set up celebrations to practically "kill" the earth goddess. The next day the villagers get so mad that they planned and burn't down the church. The clans people hold a meeting, expecting his fellow people to join him in revolting, Okonkwo kills their leader. Then the crowd tries to escape. Okonkwo realized that the village is not ready to go to war. Later, the commissioner finds that Okonkwo hanged himself. They realize that suicide is a crime, and none is allowed to touch his body.
All in all, this book was a great read. It teaches lots of important lessons like you have to work hard to get what you want. But the main part why I think this book is so good is from the character Okonkwo. He is most intriguing character in all the books I've read. He emphasizes on what we don't do today and it brings up lots of ideas about how we live our lives today.
Huck has become wealthy from his last adventure with Tom Sawyer and that a Widow and her sister, Miss Watson, have adopted Huck into their home to try to teach him good manners. Instead of obeying his guardians, however, Huck sneaks out of the house at night to join Tom Sawyer's gang and pretend that they are robbers and pirates.
One day Huck discovers that his father has returned to town. Because his father always gets drunk, Huck is worried about his intentions. When Pap confronts Huck and warns him to quit school and stop trying to better himself, Huck goes to school just to annoy his father. Huck's father gets so annoyed that he takes him to a forest out in the middle of nowhere.
Even though Huck likes being away from school, his father's beatings have been too harsh. He fakes his murder and runs away. Huck later runs to an island meets Jim there, Miss Watson's slave.
Huck and Jim soon find out that people are coming to search for them. Jim plans to reach the free states. Huck continues to stay with Jim as they travel, despite his all the widow and Miss Watson taught him.
The only time that Huck and Jim feel that they are free is when they are on the raft. Is was stopped when he met a duke and a king. The Duke and the king made them scam other inhabitants.
The Duke and king betray Huck and Jim and sell Jim back into slavery. When Huck goes to find Jim, he discovers that Jim is being held captive on a farm. The owners think that Huck is their visiting nephew, Tom Sawyer. Tom suggests they concoct an elaborate plan to free Jim. Tom's idea based on several of the prison and adventure novels he has read and the act of freeing Jim becomes a complicated farce with rope ladders, snakes, and mysterious messages.
When the escape finally takes place, a pursuing farmer shoots Tom in the calf. Because Jim will not leave the injured Tom, Jim is again recaptured and taken back to the Phelps farm. At the farm, Tom reveals the entire scheme to Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas. Readers learn that Miss Watson has passed away and freed Jim in her will, and Tom has been aware of Jim's freedom the entire time. At the end of the novel, Jim is finally set free and Huck ponders his next adventure away from civilization.
Treasure Island is the story of Jim, a boy who watches over an inn in an English seaside town with his mother and his father. A new guest at the inn, Bill, terrifies everyone at the inn with his raunchy sea songs and threats of violence.
Bill dies just as pirates try to kill Bill and to steal his things. Just before the pirates can burst in and find Jim and his mom, the two of them escape with a number of coins and a pouch. Jim finds out that there is a treasure map hidden in the pouch.
After showing this map to the doctor that treated his father, the doctor decides to set sail for "Treasure Island."
The squire and doctor hire some men to head the voyage, including Long John Silver as the ship's cook. Along the journey at sea, Jim falls asleep inside a barrel and awakes to hear that Silver has planned a rebellion along with most of the crew.
Once they reach the island, Jim goes onshore with Silver and some of the other crew members. After the crew kills two men that don't want to join the mutiny, Jim runs away into the jungle on the island. While there, he meets an abandoned man, Ben Gunn.
Meanwhile, the doctor and the other men get ashore and find a or a giant wooden enclosure. Eventually, after a meeting between Silver and the captain of the ship in the stockade, there is a battle. While some mutineers are killed, two men die, and one is injured within the enclosure, and Dr. Livesey goes out to find Ben Gunn and enlist his help.
Jim sneaks out of the stockade and cuts the ship loose, crashing it on the beach, securing it for the crew, and killing a pirate left on the ship in self-defense. Jim sneaks back to the stockade where, to his surprise, Long John Silver and his men are now staying! Silver explains that the captain and Dr. Livesey agreed to give up the map and the enclosure for free passage. However, when the mutineers get to the treasure, they find that someone has already dug it up! Before the angry mutineers can attack Silver and Jim, the original crew pop up and ambush them with guns, having already dug up and hidden the treasure.
Though Silver slips away from the crew during the journey back to England, evading a trial and hanging, Jim still has terrifying dreams of him for many months afterward.
There are two main points in this book that makes it enjoyable. The first one is that the characters are fascinating and that the book has suspense. First, the author filled this book with interesting characters. It has the most exciting characters to always make you want to read more and more.
Second, the author filled this book with suspense and mystery. It has the most exciting ways to drag you into reading on. Once the book has you in that place, it surprises you some time with instant action and sometimes with a more slow and suspenseful action.
When Lord of the Flies opens, a plane carrying a group of British boys ages 6 to 12 has crashed on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Ralph becomes chief.
And then trouble begins. They're afraid of a "beast" somewhere on the island, and then they decide to build a signal fire using the glasses of Piggy. Jack however, thinks that they should foucus on hunting pigs. The longer they're on the island, the more savage he becomes.
Right about this time a dead man attached to a parachute blows into the island. The mysterious parachuting creature is mistaken for the beast, and the boys begin a massive hunt to kill it. He goes off into the woods to thin about the situation.
Back in the group, Jack decides Ralph shouldn't be chief anymore. He secedes and invites whoever wants to come with him and kill things (like more pigs, and maybe some people if they feel like it). Most of the older kids go with him, and Simon, hiding, watches Jack and Co. hunt a pig. This time, they slaughter a fat mother pig (in a scene described somewhat as a rape), cut off her head, and jam it onto a stick in the ground.
Simon stares at the head, which he calls "the Lord of the Flies" as it tells him (he's hallucinating, by the way) that it is the beast and that it is part of him (Simon). Simon passes out, gets a bloody nose, and wakes up covered in sweat, blood, and other disgusting things. Despite all this, he decides to continue up the mountain to face the beast, i.e., dead guy. Then he vomits and staggers down the mountain.
By now, Ralph and Piggy are attending a big feast that Jack is hosting. It's all fun. Then Simon comes. He tries to tell them about the beast, but he is unrecognizable, and the boys jab at him with their spears until he's dead. Oops. Simon's body is washed out to sea that night, and the wind carries off the body of the dead parachuting man, while Ralph and Piggy convince themselves they didn't take part in murdering Simon.
Jack's crew attacks Ralph and Piggy and steals Piggy's eyeglasses to make fire on their own. Ralph ends up running for his life, finds out that there's a head-on-stick future planned for him, and at last makes it to the shore of the island where he runs into… an officer of the British Navy.
This book can really, be a Hollywood film. It brutal and dark characters and ones that are morally insufficient. This book introduces lots of exciting ideas to my mind, are humans prone to evil, are people meant to be savages, and much more.
The Great Gatsby is the story of a millionaire named Jay Gatsby told by Nick Carraway, a bonds salesman. Gatsby’s enormous mansion is right next to Carraway’s smaller house. Nick then is aware that Gatsby is in love with his cousin Daisy Buchanan, wife of one Tom Buchanan.
Nick manages to get Gatsby and Daisy together, and while the "meeting" is awkward at first, Gatsby then relaxes and invites Daisy back to his mansion. Gatsby and Daisy begin to see each other secretly quite often. Buchanan eventually confronts Gatsby in Manhattan about the affair, and the two argued at length about who it is that Daisy genuinely loves. Daisy claims to like both of them, but she decides to return to Gatsby, not her husband. Daisy drives Gatsby’s car, but she accidentally kills a woman on the side of the road and then speeds off. It turns out that this woman is Buchanan’s girlfriend, Myrtle.
After Nick explains to Gatsby that the Buchanans are rotten people, they depart. While at work, Nick is distracted and decides to call Gatsby. Gatsby didn't notice the person behind him that shot him in the back.
After reading this novel, I find the following:
First, the author filled this book with romance and mystery. It has the most exciting ways to drag you into reading on. Once the book has you interested in the plot, something surprising always happens.
Second, this book includes numerous interesting characters that were real people. Take Tom for instance. He is a character that seems right to everyone, but you know his relationship with Daisy is complicated.
Third, the story makes you want to read more. It is short enough to keep you interested, and not bored of the plot. It always brings something up that gets your attention. In my case, just when you think the conflict is over, Gatsby gets shot.
Brian Robinson Brian is flying to visit his father when the pilot of his bush plane dies of a heart attack. Brian has to crash-land the plane in a shallow wilderness lake, where he is stranded alone.
He immediately finds a place where he can build a shelter and some berries to eat. After an attack by a porcupine in the middle of the night, Brian figures out how to make a fire and keep animals out of his shelter. Brian later kills larger animals.
One night a tornado hits the section of forest where Brian is surviving. The tornado destroys Brian’s shelter, and it also turns the plane so that the tail section is sticking out of the water. Brian remembers the survival pack that is in the back of the plane and decides to try to get it. Brian builds a raft and floats into the lake. Brian peels the metal shell off the plane and makes a hole large enough to climb inside. Brian can recover the survival pack and dragged it back to his shelter.
Inside the survival bag, Brian finds a great many things such as matches, cooking equipment, and multiple packs of food. Brian also finds a radio, but he does not understand how it works. So, he sets it aside. While Brian is making his first real meal in months, he hears a motor overhead. Brian is surprised to discover that the radio is an emergency transmitter, and he left it turned on. A trader flying overhead heard the signal and had landed to rescue Brian.
Hatchet by Gary Paulson is an excellent read because of the suspense and an interesting character.
First, the author filled this book with suspense and mystery. It has the most exciting ways to drag you into reading on. Once the book has you in that place, it surprises you some time with instant action and sometimes with a more slow and suspenseful action (Survival Pack).
Second, this book incorporates lots of interesting characters that were real people. Brian never really gives up. He survives from many different scenarios such as a bear, crashing the plane, and almost drowning.