A Good Book

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
What makes a good book?

Submitted: April 30, 2017

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Submitted: April 30, 2017



Captain Beatty from Fahrenheit 451 used to have a love of books. He described them as a delicious salad, which he would savor every bite of. Then all at once, life hit the captain square in the face. Books no longer had any meaning to Beatty, they were just dusty pages filled with trivial words. A book could not solve the real world problems that Beatty was beginning to face. The only release that Beatty was able to find was in the form of a match.

A book doesn’t have to be based in reality to have meaning. A book becomes real when the reader becomes part of the story, feeling and understanding the emotions of the characters. A book may just be words on paper, but a well written story will insert the reader directly into the setting. I have in some ways lived through my favorite books. I have become Edmond Dantes, Robinson Crusoe, and Harry Potter. I have felt the joy of their victories and the pain of their defeats. I have developed relationships with the supporting characters. A good book is made when the story leaves the pages and becomes part of the reader.

One of my favorite books is The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn. Huckleberry is a rowdy boy who escapes from an abusive father. While hiding on an uninhabited island on the Mississippi river, Huckleberry finds and befriends an escaped slave named Jim. Huckleberry and Jim take off on an adventure down the Mississippi. One of the reasons I love this book is because it makes me feel as if I’m on the raft with Huckleberry and Jim. I can close my eyes and envision the sun bouncing off the water. It is also really cool to see Huckleberry’s growth throughout the book. He begins to understand that Jim is a person, not a slave. Many people refuse to read the book because of the racial slurs, but it helps us understand history. I don’t like some of the words used throughout the book, but they accurately display the time period and help us remember how far we have come as a nation. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book that I will never forget reading.


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