Concluding by Henry GreenConsidered by Henry Green to be one of his best novels, Concluding tells the story of the strange events events that occur in a single day at a State-run school for girls. Retired scientist Mr. Rock, an old man in love with his goose, lives in a cottage with his adult granddaughter Elizabeth. Bordering the grounds of the school, the cottage--which the State has given Rock for the duration of his life in gratitude for his scientific contributions--is coveted by the schools two spinsterish governesses, Misses Edge and Baker.
As the story opens, two students are missing. The resultant search for their whereabouts raises numerous fears and questions: have they been harmed? have they left on their own, alone? or have they perhaps been persuaded by the schools only male instructor, Sebastian Birt? how will the governesses keep the news from parents and State authorities until the girls have been found and an acceptable story contrived? will Rock report them for negligence? Meanwhile, as rumors and versions of the girls disappearance spread through the school, and the governesses attempt to conceal their alarm by preparing for the schools tenth annual Founders Day Ball, the seemingly innocent proceedings take on an air of mystery, intrigue, and impending doom.
How to write a book review
When you are asked to write a critical review of a book or article, you will need to identify, summarize, and evaluate the ideas and information the author has presented. Make your stand clear at the beginning of your review, in your evaluations of specific parts, and in your concluding commentary. Remember that your goal should be to make a few key points about the book or article, not to discuss everything the author writes. To write a good critical review, you will have to engage in the mental processes of analyzing taking apart the work—deciding what its major components are and determining how these parts i. Analyzing the work will help you focus on how and why the author makes certain points and prevent you from merely summarizing what the author says. Assuming the role of an analytical reader will also help you to determine whether or not the author fulfills the stated purpose of the book or article and enhances your understanding or knowledge of a particular topic. Be sure to read your assignment thoroughly before you read the article or book.
Students in colleges especially those in the United States are expected to compose book reviews. This is a very common assignment which gives the explanation about a publication, its evaluation, and evaluative judgment. The main goal of every book review is to present the current productions to individuals who are interested. The review will also enable the interested individuals to decide whether the latest publications can be useful to them or not. Book reviews are important because the success of writing is many at times determined by appealing feedback in journals, magazines, and newspapers. Readers often purchase books that have good reviews. Creating a great book review needs an excellent understanding of the writing rules.
What is a review?
This handout will help you write a book review, a report or essay that offers a critical perspective on a text. It offers a process and suggests some strategies for writing book reviews. A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Reviews can consider books, articles, entire genres or fields of literature, architecture, art, fashion, restaurants, policies, exhibitions, performances, and many other forms. This handout will focus on book reviews.
Book reviews are important inputs into a wider system of academic publishing upon which the academic profession is symbiotically dependent, and in a previous career advice column I argued that all scholars -- regardless of career stage -- ought to set time aside on occasion to write them. Graduate students who are told that they should not waste their time reviewing books are being taught, implicitly, to reckon their time solely in terms of individual profit and loss. Were this sort of attitude replicated across the whole of the academy, intellectual life would, in my view, become more impoverished as a consequence. Perhaps you were persuaded by that column and agree that writing academic book reviews is an excellent way of making a contribution in service to the profession. If so, I thank you. But perhaps you are also a junior scholar, unsure of where to start.