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innocent traitor by alison weir (Book Review Sample)
Instructions for the Preparation of Book Reviews I. The Critical Book Review: The purpose of a critical book review is twofold. The reviewer wishes, first, to inform the reader as to the nature and scope of the book under consideration. More important, the reviewer seeks to present an evaluation of the book. In so far as is possible, the review should be objective; it should be an evaluation based upon evidence and examples presented in the review and not upon such subjective criteria as personal likes and dislikes. II. Reading the Book: A. Begin with questions in your mind: Who wrote the book? Is he/she qualified to write on the subject chosen? What is the book about? Why did the author write the book? Does the book have a thesis? Does the title reveal the author's attitude toward his/her subject? If you ask yourself these and other pertinent questions before you begin to read, you will be in a good position to evaluate the book. B. Read the preface, the introduction, and the acknowledgments. Valuable clues to the author's purpose and/or thesis may be found in one or all of these places. C. Read the body of the work carefully, noting important passages. III. Evaluation. While reading the book, attempt to identify the author's thesis - a thesis is an argument supported by evidence put forward by the author of the book. Once you have found the thesis, you must decide for yourself if it is valid. You must, in other words, discover what the author is trying to say and, then, evaluate what is said. In so doing, you may find the following questions helpful: - What is the subject and scope of the book? - How thorough is the author's treatment of his subject? - What kind of sources (primary or secondary) does the author use? - Does the book treat the subject in detail or in general terms? - In what sort of style (i.e. popular, elegant, pedantic) is the book written? - Is the book well organized and constructed? - When was the book written? - Is it the most recent in the field? IV. Preparing to Write the Review: Once you have read the book and found its thesis or purpose, and once you have evaluated it, you are ready to write your review. Having decided on the point your review will make (i.e. this is a sound, well-documented, and carefully written book or this book is so poorly researched and so badly written that the publisher should not have wasted good paper on it or this is a fascinating book but it lacks the evidence to support the thesis-and so on). Write an introductory paragraph containing the title and author of the book, a sentence about the author, a brief description of the book's contents, and an indication of what your review will say. The following two or three paragraphs (i.e. the body of the review) will probably contain a statement of the author's argument, an evaluation of its validity, and the answers to such of the above questions as are pertinent to the book. When you have finished the review write a concluding paragraph in which a summary of your review's most important points is made. V. Format. Each book review should begin with a bibliographic entry. This includes the author, book title, edition (if any), place of publication, publisher and date of publication. The format for this is: Name of Author. Title of Book. Edition (if any). Place of Publication: Publisher, year of publication. Example: Thomson, David. World History From 1914 to 1968. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969. Include a title for your paper. A cover sheet is not necessary. Each book review should be 3-4 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font. You should have 1 inch margins. You may exceed 4 pages but must have 3 full pages. (1 page and a sentence will not count!). This must be in MS Word. Do not use Wordpad! If you have any questions about this see me and I will explain further. Important things to remember: 1. Avoid slang 2. Titles are underlined or italicized 3. Do not use contractions 4. Do not use I, we, us 5. Make sure that your verb agrees with your subject and that two verbs in the same sentence are of the same tense 6. Make sure all sentences have verbs 7. Make sure to number pages and staple the paper. Also make sure your name is on the paper and if you include min, please spell it correctly. 8. Paraphrase in the paper. Use block quotes only sparingly. If used they should be indented and single spaced. 9. If quotes are used or a source must be cited, references are given in footnotes. Use Chicago or Turabian Style. A sample of this can be found in the Little, Brown Handbook p. 547-566. Please use the footnote style. 10. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!! If you use someone else's ideas, make sure to give them credit. If you plagiarize and are caught, you will fail the course. source..
Student name Institution Professor Date Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir Innocent Traitor is an excellently written book. It was written by Alison Weir and published in 2007 by Ballantine Books. Alison Weir is a historical writer who had previously based her work on non-fiction stories. This marks her first work in the historical fiction world. It is therefore worth reviewing. Innocent Traitor is a book about England’s nine-day queen called Lady Jane Grey. She is unwillingly pushed to be the Queen by her parents who selfishly want to enrich themselves. Lady Jane Grey is the great-niece of King Henry VIII. The novel starts with the birth of Jane whose parents expect to be a boy in order to inherit the throne. Her mother; Frances Grey is out rightly not happy with her young baby girl. Alison Weir succeeds in bringing out the cruelty towards this poor girl who undergoes a lot of suffering. Her mother punishes her severely after making small mistakes. Frances and Henry Grey only see their daughter as a tool to achieve their selfish ambitions. Despite the fact that Lady Jane is an intelligent and highly educated lady, she finds no peace at home. She decides to spend much of her time with Queen Catherine and her two daughters; Mary and Elizabeth. This however, according her parents, brings their daughter closer to the throne. Jane also comes out as a strong character. Alison succeeds in vividly bringing out the royal power struggle after the unexpected death of King Henry VIII. King Edward VI then inherits the thrown but prematurely dies while still young. This forms the start of the political and religious power struggle. In his death bed, King Edward VII is fo...
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