Curiously, when the protagonist is not in China, he becomes somewhat one-dimensional. The example essays in Kibin's library were written by real students for real classes.
What I like most about reading battle plans was the feeling that there were rules and strategies and traditions and everything was clear. Even Alex's obsession with military history seems tacked on in order to facilitate the lumbering symbolism of the novel's conclusion.
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Who wrote this essay? He and his father have somewhat of an Odd Couple relationship, which makes Alex wonders if the latter 'will ever grow up'.Really different. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. At loose ends in the alien metropolis, the teenager studies Chinese and explores the city on his bike, filming with a makeshift hidden camera. Who wrote this essay? Here is my issue with this book: if it wasn't an assigned book, I would have missed the second half because by then I would have stopped reading it. Check out our Privacy and Content Sharing policies for more information. The Chinese government is not happy with what they are seeing, therefore in a crude act of dishonour towards their country, they send out thousands of troops to execute the demonstrators, however, this also results in the death of thousands of other innocent people not involved in any way. Incidents are piled on one another, background descriptions are very convincing, and at times readers will almost feel they are there. In fact, Alex's avocation, along with his father's profession, seem to have been chosen solely to provide the reader with a bird's-eye view of the events of that brutal spring. Then all of the sudden it got really good and I couldn't put it down because it was so good. Click here to see the rest of this review Alex is a diligint student of military history, particulary Chinese history and he is fascinated by what he sees around him. Make yourself appear to be weak in order to make the enemy proud and rash, he wrote. Classic strategy, I thought.
The Chinese government is not happy with what they are seeing, therefore in a crude act of dishonour towards their country, they send out thousands of troops to execute the demonstrators, however, this also results in the death of thousands of other innocent people not involved in any way.