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  • Posted November 22, 2008

    Book Review

    Kayla Watson <BR/>October 22,2008<BR/>Humanities Class<BR/><BR/>Book Review<BR/> <BR/> ¿Don¿t bother your mother boy¿! Hanji downed the last of his tea and turned to Jiro (Patterson p.5). Hanji is the deceitful father in The Master Puppeteer. This mind blowing story written by Katherine Patterson, tells of a family living in poverty whose son goes to live with Yoshida, the owner of the Havana (the theater). This fiction book will keep you guessing throughout the read. I highly recommend this book to people who like stories that keep them on the edge of their seat. If you enjoy books that get straight to the point, then this is not for you, because you have to infer what will happen in the next chapter.<BR/> Nothing is clearly stated, the chapters mostly end during a rising action and you have to continue reading in order to figure out what the outcome was for that chapter. For example, no one knew that Kinshi¿s father was Saburo, which was the black man. ¿How can a blind man be the dashing Saburo¿? (Patterson p.149). On this page everyone has recently discovered that the old blind man was Saburo but, no one wants to believe that they¿ve been getting robbed by an old blind man. So everyone is in denial. <BR/> People who don¿t like to be surprised while they read shouldn¿t consider this. For example, Jiro did not dare look his master in the eye after he was ordered not to. ¿Bow your head in shame don¿t look at me unless you are told to¿ said Yoshida. He jerked his head in a bow and hurried to obey (Patterson p.98). This chapter stopped without telling what he did wrong and what he was going to do after he got yelled at. <BR/><BR/>Therefore, if you don¿t like books like this then you wouldn¿t enjoy reading it, and probably wouldn¿t understand the concept of the book.<BR/> I enjoyed this book because it told someone¿s life story in a way that I understood it. The beginning of the book confused me because I couldn¿t keep up with the characters and who was speaking. Also, the fact that it took two chapters for Jiro to deicide whether he wanted to go to the Havana or stay home with his family. After the first three chapters the book started to make sense and stay on one track. The Master Puppeteer is a very interesting book. The title might sound boring, but once you get into it you are drawn in by all the action and conflict and pretty soon you will also want to recommend this book.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

    Jiro's Immense Journey

    Xochitl Vergara<BR/>October 23, 2008<BR/>Jiro¿s Immense Journey<BR/><BR/> "Will he kill me?" It was a simple question. The terror that he had felt in the dark storehouse seemed to have vanished¿ (Paterson 175). This is what Jiro asked himself after finding out who Saburo was, and not knowing what to do with the information. Jiro is the main character in the book The Master Puppeteer, written by Katherine Paterson, a novel that takes place during the Japanese period of isolation. I recommend this book because it is suspenseful and its language includes sensory details.<BR/> One strength of The Master Puppeteer is its language. The language is full of metaphors and sensory details. These details allow the reader to picture the story easily. For example, when Jiro goes after the people he loves the most, Isako and Kinshi, he is surrounded by smoke.¿ The air was soon full of smoke, and up ahead fingers of fire pierced the evening sky¿ (Paterson 153). The reader can feel the smoke with his/her senses and the metaphor of the fingers of fire allows the reader to picture the threat in his/her head.<BR/> Another strength of The Master Puppeteer is its suspense. The book has so much suspense it leaves your heart beating so hard. Suspense leaves readers wanting to read more into the book to know what happens. For instance, Jiro hears a knock on the door, but when he comes out, there is no one there only a note has been left behind. ¿What¿s this Kinshi twisted about? A white paper was nailed to the door¿ (Paterson 86).<BR/> On the other hand, some people may say that the book is too confusing for a teenager to understand. However, if you read further and further into the book, everything comes together like puzzle pieces. So the reader just has to be patient.<BR/> The Master Puppeteer is a great novel. I would recommend it to people who like suspenseful moments and language that includes sensory details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    A Great Book

    The Master Puppeteer has interesting descriptions and suspense. I liked it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    A thrilling and exciting book!!!

    I really loved reading The Master Pupeteer because I believe it has a bit of mystery in it because you want to know who Saburo is. It also leaves you with something to think about; I read it for a class and I couldn't stop reading it!!! I had to finish reading it before time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2002

    Ha Ha This book was super duper

    I liked the book it was very boring but got very interesting. I haven't finished the book yet but so far it is good. It is a good book for inglish class. Asain Pride ya!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2002

    What a great book!!!

    this book started out pretty boring.But as you read more of it the story becomes more exciting and realistic katherine keep u the good work!! =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    this is good for english class

    This is a realli good book to read. It was boring from the beginning, but then as you get to the middle it just keeps getting more exciting. So i realli like this book a lot. Read this book, whenever you have a chance to.

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