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TOPIC: book review
TYPE: Book / Movie Review
: 08.04.2017 20:18
Choose your book carefully Being interested in a book will help you write a strong review, so take some time to choose a book whose topic and scholarly approach genuinely interest you. Read actively and critically Do not read just to discover the author’s main point or to mine some facts. Engage with the text, marking important points and underlining passages as you go along. Focus first on summary and analysis Before you read Write down quickly and informally some of the facts and ideas you already know about the book’s topic. Check these after you read the book. Did you learn something new? Were you mistaken? Did the book confirm your facts and ideas? Did it go against them? Survey the book–including the preface and table of contents–and make some predictions. What is the structure of the book?â€¨Are the chapters organized chronologically, thematically, by group of historical actors, from general to specific, or in some other way? How does the structure of the work enhance or detract from the argument? Here are some questions to ask: Who is the author? What does the preface or foreword tell you about the author’s purpose, background, and credentials? What is the author’s approach to the topic (as a journalist? a historian? a researcher? a participant in the events)? What are the authorâ€™s basic premises? What issues are raised? What themes emerge? What does the title promise the book will cover or argue? What do the preface and introduction promise about the book? What does the table of contents tell you about how the book is organized? Who is the audience for this book? As you read: Think about the authorâ€™s approach or genre of history. Is the book a memoir, a treatise, a collection of facts, an extended argument, a fictional account etc.? â€¨Is the focus on gender? Class? Race? Politics? Culture? Labor? Law? Something else? A combination? If you can identify the type of history the historian has written, it will be easier to determine the historical argument the author is making. With individual chapters: Think carefully about the chapter’s title and skim paragraphs to get an overall sense of the chapter. After you have finished a chapter, take brief notes. Start by summarizing, in your own words, the major points of the chapter. Then you might want to take brief notes about particular passages you might discuss in your review. Begin to evaluate As you take notes about the book, summarize main points from a chapter and record your reactions to and your tentative evaluations of that chapter. Here are several ways you can evaluate a book: If you know other books on this same subject, you can compare the arguments and quality of the book you are reviewing with the others, emphasizing what is new and what is especially valuable in the book you are reviewing. If you do not know other books on this subject, you can still do some evaluation. Ask, for example: How well does the book fulfill the promises the author makes in the preface and introduction? How effective is the book’s methodology? How effectively does the book make its arguments? Is the argument based on data, narrative, or both? Closely related to the kinds of evidence are the kinds of sources the author uses.â€¨What different kinds of primary sources are used? Is the account a primary source account? (ie. was the writer involved in the events/time period he/she is writing about?) What types of sources are most important in the argument? Do these sources allow the author to adequately explore the subject? Are there important issues that the author cannot address based on these sources? How about the secondary sources? Are there one or more secondary books that the author seems to lean heavily on in support of the argument? Are there works that the author disagrees with in the text? This will tell the reader how the work fits into the historiography of the subject and whether it is presenting a major new interpretation. Are narrative anecdotes the basis of the argument or do they supplement other evidence? Are there other kinds of evidence that the author should have included? If the book is a memoir, how reliable is the narrator? If the book is a fictional account, who are the characters? What is the story? How does fiction work as history? How persuasive is the evidence? Is it convincing? If so, find a particularly supportive example and explain how it supports the authorâ€™s thesis. If not, give an example and explain what part of the argument is not supported by evidence. You may find that some evidence works, while some does not. Explain both sides, give examples, and let your readers know what you think overall. For its audience, what are the book’s strengths? How clearly is the book written? Always give examples for your claims.â€¨ **Establish your position as the reviewer (your thesis about the author’s thesis). Tips for Writing the Review Things you should include: In your introduction identify the author, the title, the main topic or issue presented in the book, and the author’s purpose in writing the book. In a few sentences, describe the time period, major events, geographical scope and group or groups of people who are being investigated in the book. Why has the author chosen the starting and ending dates of the bookâ€™s narrative? Next, discover the major thesis or theses of the book, the argument(s) that the author makes and attempts to support with evidence. These are usually, but not always, presented in a bookâ€™s introduction. It might help to look for the major question that the author is attempting to answer and then try to write his or her answer to that question in a sentence or two. Sometimes there is a broad argument supported by a series of supporting arguments. It is not always easy to identify the main argument but this is the most important part of your book review. What is your critical evaluation of the work (your thesis)? Why have you taken that position? What criteria are you basing your position on? Summary: Format Name the book. Introduce the author, the historical period and topic of the book. Tell the reader what genre of history (or theory or fictionâ€¦) this work belongs to or what approach the author has used. State your thesis â€“a sentence or two that offer(s)your evaluation of the book. Explain the authorâ€™s main argument. Summarize the bookâ€™s organization and give a little more detail about the authorâ€™s sub-arguments. Here you would also work in your assessment of the evidence and sources used. Strengths and weaknesses or flaws in the book are usually discussed next. It is up to you to decide in what order these should come, but if you assess the book positively overall, do not spend inordinate space on the bookâ€™s faults and vice versa. In the conclusion, you may state your recommendations for who should read the book – unless that has been covered in your discussion of the bookâ€™s strengths and weaknesses. You might review how convincing the argument was, say something about the importance or uniqueness of the argument and topic, or describe how the author adds to the literature. BOOK CHOSEN: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
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