Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Individual Post 3

Hey there :) This is my third individual post regarding the novel study I am currently doing, which is on the novel The House of the Scorpion written by Nancy Farmer. This post will be focusing on setting.
Thus far in the novel, the exact time and place has not been stated. To me, Nancy Farmer has provided a sort of abstract idea of the setting. Although I have noticed many intentional hints regarding the setting. It has been said many times throughout the novel, that the setting of the house in the poppy fields, the big house, the oasis and other destinations in the novel, have taken place somewhere near both Mexico and the United States. I have made an inference that it is in the stretch of the land between the two. At one part in the novel, when El Patron and Matt are introduced for the first time, El Patron tells Matt many stories of his youth in Aztlan, which is a place that was once called Mexico. He also states that he was from a place called Durango, a beautiful place Matt imagines having dusty cornfields and purple mountains. There was also another location mentioned in the novel; Scotland. This is where both of El Patron's towering body guards, Tam Lin and Daft Donald, are from, and El Patron himself has mentioned traveling there before.
While the location of the novel has been specified fairly well, the time of the novel has not been at all. However, there have only been petite hints regarding the time. The author has included hobbies and pastimes from our present day society such as colouring and crossword puzzles, as I mentioned in my previous post, that hints that the novel is not futuristic, while there is also cloning and very advanced technology and one-eyed fish that say otherwise. In my last post, I made an inference that it may take place in an alternate universe. If this is correct, then this alternate universe must have Mexico and Scotland and the United States, which doesn't seem literate. So that idea is pretty much invalid as far as common sense goes.
I believe that leaving the setting a mystery so far is an author choice that Nancy made for a reason. Perhaps she will not include the exact destination and time of the novel at all. Perhaps she wants her readers to have more room for imagination to paint the portrait of the setting themselves. But who knows? I guess I will have to keep reading and discover this myself.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Individual Post 2

Hi! This is my second individual post regarding my recently started novel study. Thus far, I have read the opening to the book. So much has happened already! Most characters are already round, the setting has been beautifully described, and so much more. One thing I found very intriguing was how the time of the novel is very unpredictable at this point in the novel. Throughout the first and second chapters, the author, Nancy Farmer, hinted at little snippets of activities and hobbies from our present day society such as cross word puzzles and colouring books, although cloning is happening in the society within the book, which most certainly does not take place in ours and I assume it will not anytime soon. At this point, I can also inference that the novel takes place in a parallel universe or world. But the setting of the novel is in-between Mexico and the United States. Unless this other universe has both of those locations, I can assume that inference is invalid. So in order to find the answer to this question I guess I'll just have to keep reading.
Another point in the novel that spiked my interest was how differently young Maria (human), who is the same age as Matt (clone), saw him and understood him in such a drastically different way than adults and older children did. This made me wonder if at the end of the novel, the people of this society will learn to see and understand the population of clones through the innocent eyes of a child. In this society, could children be more logical than adults? I personally believe that this would be an amazing way to end the novel.
I also noticed that the theme of the novel has not yet been established or even remotely hinted at, in my opinion at least. Thus far, the novel can turn in any direction regarding what is going to happen next. It's no unpredictable! I love it! I'm very excited to discover the theme, and once I do, I will let all of you know how I perceived it.
These were just some major things within the novel that really got me thinking, I'm sure there will be many more. If you have any questions regarding the novel or this post, just leave a comment and I'll try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Stay tuned :)

Individual Post 1

Hi! We will be doing a novel study on the novel "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer. As a group, we will create a blog and make posts and complete litspiration challenges to demonstrate our understanding of the novel and its literary elements and to express our litspiration for reading! Instead of posting book reviews and vlogs, from now o I will be focusing on this novel, instead.

I'm very excited for this new approach at litspiration, and I hope all of you guys are too. I'm very nervous about sharing a blog with a group of people. I'm so used to having this one all to myself. I'm sure there is going to be some disagreements. But I think my group will find a way to get through it. Stay tuned :)

Ps. Sorry this post is late, I wrote this entry on pen and paper due to having no laptop all of last week. And this is the first day I have a spare, so I could only post it now :)

Below is an image of the cover of the novel