The English Novel

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all” -Oscar Wilde

Which Book?

In English class, we are going to be reading an English novel. We had a choice between “About a boy”, by Nick Hornby, and “The absolutely true diary of being a part-time Indian”, by Sherman Alexie. Both books seemed to be good reads and it was difficult to choose out of the two. However, after a while, I decided to read “about a boy”. I chose this book because even though reading about Native Americans from the perspective of one is very interesting and educational the other book seemed to be more thrilling and eye-catching. I really look forward to reading this book and enjoying it. I do so hope it exceeds expectations.

brown book page
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After the First Two Chapters

The first chapter was about a young schoolboy Marcus and his mother, who had just split with her boyfriend. You quickly understand that Marcus and his mother have a strained relationship and that this will probably affect him throughout the whole book. In comparison to Will, who we meet in chapter two, Marcus is very insecure and doesn’t really seem to know what he is doing. This is, of course, to be expected as he is only a young boy.

Will, however, is a very irresponsible and self-centered man who believes he knows better than everyone else. At the end of chapter two Will mentioned that he “didn’t know what trouble he was about to get himself into”, this made me really curious and I wish to continue reading as soon as possible. I really hope that the book continues in the same fashion as it seems very entertaining and alluring.

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