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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Slake's Limbo Is A gReAt Bo0k

    The story ¿Slakes Limbo¿ by Felice Holman is a novel about a kid named, Aremis Slake who has been harassed during his life with his aunt, school kids, and even the teachers in his school. On the other hand, Slake was very tactless. The main points in this story are when Slake gets lost after he gets off a transfer point, when he sells newspapers to make money, when he gets saved by Willis Joe Whinney, and then he gets a job with the counter girl, and when Collins and Mughes dynamited the wall and made a hole in the Commodore Hotel. First what happened was that Slake goes on a transfer point. He walks around and finally realizes he is lost. He goes into a tunnel to look for an alcove but instead he found the extra hole in the tunnel wall. Slake had amassed things on the ground and in the garbage cans to make the hole into his new home. Aremis sells papers at first, and then he works at the luncheonette. There is one humongous part that happens, but to find out you must read the story. Secondly, Slake had gotten free food he hadn¿t ordered for a low price by the counter girl. the people that had felt pity for Slake was the counter girl, the pink faced lady or the cleaning lady, and the man with the turban. The most important person that felt pity for Slake is also the actual reader. In my perspective I liked the story because it shows how a teenager kid can survive the jungle by himself. In the story Slake thinks the city is the jungle. The other reason why I liked it was because he had two perspectives, one in the beginning and one at the end of the story. This means he is a dynamic character, a character that changes their personalities, attitude, and their perspectives. I likes the rising action because it showed suspense throughout the story. Slake was also a well developed character. My favorite parts of this story is when he gets free food from the luncheonette because if you get free food when you aren¿t paying for all that, I would call that luck. Also, when Slake sneaks into the hole or his new home and stays in there for 121 days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Slake's Limbo is a very awsome book.

    Slake¿s Limbo is written by Felice Holman. This author represented a lot of metaphors that focused on a bird that represented fear and the sky that represented a boy¿s life (from his perspective.) The bird and the sky were an immense part of the story because they represented symbolism. The main character Aremis Slake is not healthy at all, because he doesn¿t have any food for him to survive and no place to stay. He escaped from his abusing aunt and ran off to the subways. For 121 days Slake was all alone, with fear, in anguish. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It taught me a lot about real life and real situations in the city. I learned how poor people do, how they get money, clothes, food, etc. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because it kept me wanting to read the book and finish it quickly. My favorite part of this book was when Slake was eating at the Diner for the first time. I really like this part because we never was Slake eat and now he finally has a hot meal to fill his warm, empty stomach. I would recommend this book to any seventh grader. It represents the life of a 13 year old and the struggles he faces in a big city, in New York. This book is interesting because he is the same age as I am, but his life is tough and depressing. The ending will surprise you.

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