So far we've read A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah and The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. I have been doing all right in my active ready but I still have some things to improve on. So far the strengths in the books that I've experienced is the level of detail that both authors go into. While they ma have different styles of detail, they both are strong on their descriptions. The only disadvantages to come so far is in House of Mango Street I tend to get a little confused because of her style of writing, but it's minimal and I recover quickly. So far i'm enjoying both books and I can't wait to see how they end.
The title that I came up with for chapter eight was, Loneliness; Memories of a Lost Family, because Beah is now traveling on his own and he begins to reminisce about his family and the times they shared. Chapter eight in a nutshell would be described as such. Beah begins his travels alone. He then gets attacked by a herd of rampaging pigs. Meets a new group of six boys, some of which he recognizes. The encounter the man that they had met. The vocabulary term that I found to be the most important in the chapter was Nessie, water that is used for medicine after it was blessed in a prayer. The theme of this chapter is in times of panic people lose their trust and become selfish. Beah has had many experiences of people losing their trust in each other. An example in this chapter is, "Someone had started a rumor about the 'seven boys,' us. Many times during our journey we were surrounded by muscular men with machetes who almost killed us before they realized that we were just children running away from the war" (Beah 57). People are so scared that they believe that kids are out to kill them.