Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Journeys: Meek, Adamson, Breslin

The latest Extended Essay by a Transition Year pupil to be published here is Mena Fitzgibbon's project about 'Journeys' in three books: The Outsider by Gil Adamson, The People's Act of Love by James Meek, and The Nostradamus Prophecy by Theresa Breslin.

Mena writes: I thought all these books were extremely well written and I was captivated by the worlds that the authors created. The only book I found a little hard to get into was The People's Act of Love and that was only because of the names at the start. However as the book progressed I found it hard to really put it down at all. I know that when I read a book I never really think about the journey they are going through but more at what they are doing at that time. When I went to read these books to refresh my memory I saw them in a new perspective.

At first when I thought about my theme I couldn't think of anything other than physical, moving across country journeys, but once I looked further into it I saw that not only your body goes through the journey but your mind follows but not always in the same way your mind does. On the outside you could be cool and calm but on the inside you could be terrified and frantic. I thought about the causes of people’s journeys and why you would venture in to the unknown.

Read Mena's full essay here.

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