About the Book In this collection of four strange, unusual original stories, the lives of four young people are irrevocably changed when a blue library card mysteriously appears in each of their lives. Richard Wright is an African American man who lives in the South during the Jim Crow Laws and also has a yearning to attain more… 853 Words 4 Pages being lured by credit predators on the myth that getting a credit card helps people to build their credits. He longs to read him, but it is only by the most circuitous method that he can achieve the simple satisfaction of getting into a library. Richard continued reading not for the stories that the novels offered but for the feelings and moods that these books instilled in him. Literature abounds with other such examples of people not only enraptured by what they read, but transformed so deeply that the world seems a richer, more stimulating place.
Similarly, their boxing match makes little sense from a rational perspective, as both Richard and Harrison understand that they are no threat to each other. What should have been a joy, a liberation, and a means of communication, however, are for Richard just the opposite. Then, further miracle, the librarian accepts the fake letter and he actually gets the books. About the Author Jerry Spinelli, a one-time dreamer of being a cowboy at least that's what he wanted to be until he was about ten years old and a shortstop hopeful for the New York Yankees well, hopeful in his own mind grew up to become an editor of a magazine, father of seven children, and eventually an author of dozens of books for children and young adults. I thought this was a great read and believed that others would enjoy it as much as I did.
Mencken, a reporter who also edits the American Mercury, a magazine Richard occasionally reads. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou describes her fascination with literature, poetry, and drama. Wright shows numerous times throughout the novel that racism breeds irrational actions, times when Southern whites abuse blacks for no reason other than to vent their own frustration. He considers the alternatives, however, to pursuing these dreams, but they are so horrible that he ends up without a choice. There was a huge library near the riverfront, but I knew that Negroes were not allowed to patronize its shelves any more than they were the parks and playgrounds of the city. It probably changed the way he viewed black people, and helped him punderstand that people have the same feelings about life, education, and freedom regardless of their skin color.
I have become very much interested to learn and more. I knew that during the Civil War the South had hated northern whites, but I had not encountered such hate during my life. What details show he loves reading? This reconciliation should neutralize any tension between them, but Richard realizes that considerable suspicion remains. Yet he cannot feel any relief in knowing who he is. His position was not much better than mine and I knew that he was uneasy and insecure; he had always treated me in an offhand, bantering way that barely concealed his contempt. Through Mencken's essays, Richard learns the names of other American writers, as well as learning how prose can be used as a weapon.
Before reading it, I was unaware of the value of education. However, the blacks are not allowed to go to library and they are deprived of the library cards. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review Gr 2-5In Memphis in the 1920s, public library borrowing privileges did not extend to blacks. Only two Rangers per week is responsible for such a large area. But Richard has been hardened by the difficult events of his life up till this point, and he is not afraid to tell a small lie to get around the restrictions imposed on him by southern white society in order to be rewarded so richly. Discuss whether you think Spinelli intends us to take these stories at face value, or whether their meaning is as much symbolic as literal. Still, he thinks that no other black people share his interests, not even professionals.
Mongoose turns away from a life of crime and vandalism when he discovers a world of startling facts and figures in books he never knew existed before. This is origin of fried chicken. Books are the way out of the South for him. Angelou, in contrast, does not show regret for her exposure to folk traditions, and though she does not overlook the negative aspects of black life, she primarily focuses on its positives. Richards thirst for reading grew. The fact that Southern whites fear and discourage black migration to the North exposes the degree to which their pride—and even their very economic welfare—depends on the presence of blacks.
Though she sometimes isolates herself from the world by spending hours at the library, the positive effects of reading ultimately outweigh the negative effects of isolation. Christie's powerful impressionistic paintings in acrylic and colored pencil show the harsh racism in the Jim Crow South, where the young man has to act subservient, in the library and in the office where he works, pretending that he is borrowing the books for his white boss. Not only that, but Wright also forged a note pretending to be someone he was not. Richard Wright certainly fits into this category; but it is only toward the end of his autobiography that the conflict in his feelings becomes clear. Richard forges a letter asking the librarian to let Richard use the card to check out some books for Falk. Interpretation: This essay deals with the value of education. I have determined to be a writer like Richard Wright.
Falk who tries to help Richard Wright to check out a book and read. Literal comprehension: Richard Wright is the narrator of this essay. Since he, too, was an object of hatred, I felt that he might refuse me but would hardly betray me. He has no one with whom he can talk about his discoveries or his dreams. Finally she came forward with two books in her hand.