Friday, 25 October 2013

Global Issues Novel Study

We where instructed to read the first 20% of our book and post about it, so here we go.For my GINS chose to read the book "Wanting Mor" the book follows a young girl living in post Taliban Afghanistan. So far from want i have read of the book i really don't know for sure what the Global issue is yet. altho there has been talk of religion, loss, war, and woman's rights. I there has been a couple of things that i have looked up like Jumaa which is a holiday for prayer. the main characters are so far: Jameela, she is the main character in the book she is very shy and wants to please people. Mor is Jameela's mother you don't ever meet her but get a good feel for her because she died in the 10th page, but she seams to be a loving mother. Baba is Jameela"s dad? I am not sure it never really say's but he seems to love her. He is addicted to opium and wastes his pay check on it and alcohol. He seems to go out on a limb on want to do. Khalaa is the woman of the house that Jameela and Baba moved to she puts Jameela to work in the house cleaning and cooking but does seam out side her had exterior she cares for Jameela. Faezana is Khalaa's daughter not much is said about her but she may be a bigger role later on.    

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Litsperation Chalenge "Six Covers of the Sea"

For my Litsperation I am comparing six covers for "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway. why six? you may ask, because * ****** ** ok? Good glad we straiten that out; now on with the list.

I really like this cover it is my favourite cover of the ones I have here on my list. Altho it does not represent the books theme that well, yes it has the sea and the fish. But the art style does not fit the tone of the book and is too light hearted for the piece of literature. I still put it in because I still think that it is really quite nice looking.

What can I say, I am a sucker for fancy writhing. This cover is the most simplistic of the six but is still represents the book well. The style of the cover reminds me for coffee shop black boards. The background is a very dark blue that makes you feel deep in the ocean, it is a large contrast to the bright white letters of the title. Speaking of the title I really liked how "Man" and "Sea" are in a bold font and are all capitalized, this lets you take the most important part out right away the rest of the title is not as important so are smaller.     


This cover did a great gob of meshing the visuals with the text and shows both the main characters from the book. This cover uses the art style on the cover to set a metaphor for the challenges in the book.  This scene never happens in the book, but sets some foreshadowing for the long struggle of man vs. beast (or fish).


This cover is probably the most famous cover because it is the original cover for the book. In the cover the sea is very com but has a eery fog over the sea that sets a mysterious tone. I thought that the community in the bottom part is very humble and makes you feel even smaller compared to the sea. I believe that this cover works well with the tone of the book how there is so much possibility from the sea, in the book the old man has no clue what he will get. This cover does still get the right to be first and one of the best.


...and then there was two. For me it was really hard to decide between the last two because there are so different. On the one hand there is a battle of epic portions, using the wave to make a tail of the fish is really powerful metaphor for the fish being the sea. On the other hand there is this com peaceful picture of a boat being toed by a fish and is a slow struggle that looks evenly matched. "You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who." Page 92.
 In the end I thought that the epic battle was bette- wait no the other one- but. I don't know which one is best, but I would love to know which one is your favourite so respond in the comments below.