Study Questions 1 What is the symbolic importance of collecting in this novel? How is collecting a metaphor for the act of writing? Collecting involves taking a random sample and using it to make generalities about a larger population. This is what Doc does by selecting specimens for scientists to study; it is also what Steinbeck does by introducing random characters through brief sk etches inserted into the main plot.
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What is this book about? Well, on page 8 Richard Brautigan gives a list of 24 things of what it is about. The tigers and how they lived and how beautiful they were and how they talked to me while they ate my parents and how I talked back to them and how they stopped eating my parents though it did not help my parents any, nothing could help them by then, and we talked for a long time and one of the tigers helped me with my arithmetic, then they told me to go away.
I returned later to burn the shack down. That's what we did in those days. The Statue of Mirrors. It's a swell place for dancing. The sun and how it changes very interesting. Margaret and that other girl who carried the lantern at night and never came close. My life lived in watermelon sugar.
There must be worse lives. Pauline She is my favorite. And this is the twenty-fourth book written in years. Last month Charley said to me, 'You don't seem to like making statues or doing anything else. Why don't you write a book? The last one was written thirty-five years ago. It's about time somebody wrote another book.
Neither does Brautigan write about the plan of the sadistic army clique that runs Brazil and calls itself a government to tear down the entire Amazon rain forest. Ecologists are worried about that one. It's a project financed by the Amerikans.
But enough of this humour, back to Brautigan I say. The hero whose name is—"If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: Somebody asked you a question and you did not know the answer. That is my name. Perhaps it is raining very hard.
He has "a bed, a chair, a table, and a large chest that I keep my things in. I have a lantern that burns watermelon trout oil at night. I know a river that is only [an] half-inch wide.
I know because I measured it and sat beside it for a whole day. We call everything a river here. We're that kind of people. There are two kinds of people. Those who step on this particular board and those who don't.
Margaret steps on the board everytime she crosses the bridge. They were no good. They would grow more and more nervous and no account and then finally you would hear them having joined inBOIL's gang and now they were working with him in the Forgotten Works, and being paid in whiskey that inBOIL made from forgotten things.Literature Study Guides for all your favorite books!
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Mr. Toomey has over 25 years of experience in information systems, programming, analysis, management and Geographic Information Systems for state and local governments in the U.S. and overseas. The interspersed sections let Steinbeck paint a broader picture of Cannery Row: They give him a chance to introduce more characters and show more of the Row without having to construct a convoluted or artificial plot to do so.
Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy () As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians, Cyclops.