Book review assignment

The purpose of a book review is to offer your critical evaluation of the book. As in your other academic papers, your review should make an argument, i.e., you should have a “claim.” In your review you will offer your commentary on the book as you develop your claim. Many reviews begin with a summary of the book – a brief overview of characters and settings. Your analysis should come next. What was the author trying to do? How effectively did the author convey his or her experiences, ideas, feelings? How successful was the author in this attempt? How did the author’s writing style lend itself to this goal? In particular your review must include some reflection on life in another culture: for example, what did the author make you feel about his/her experience? Use specific examples to support your argument. Finally, feel free to offer your opinion of whether other readers would enjoy this book. Do you think it has a particular audience – students, travelers – or is it really a book that has universal appeal?

Your book review must be at least 3 pages, double-spaced.

Your review is due Wednesday, November 30th, at 5:00.

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