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Timothy Findley: The Wars

             So far this book has been truly remarkable. For a book to get that complement out of me is truly a great accomplishment. I"m not going to hide it but I hate reading. For me there are so many other things that I would rather be doing; however this book has begun to give me second thoughts. I am a person who generally does things out of the ordinary and I believe that Mark Twain is the same way. Ever since I was a kid, whenever I had to read a book I always made sure to read every single word in the book from the cover to the bar code at the back. Normally at the beginning there is about three pages with the title on it (which I never understood why they did that), the authors dedications, the publications and copyrights etc. In this book though, I came across something I had never seen before, a notice from the author. Now it may not seem all that strange at the moment but wait until you see what it says:.
             Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
             BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR.
             PER G.G., Chief of Ordnance.
             Before the story even begins, Twain is beginning to set up the base of the story. This little intro gets the readers in the right frame of mind to begin reading. When I read it my mind automatically establishes a general time of when the story takes place and because of that time period, I also establish a vague setting for the story to take place. What also is interesting is the way it makes the readers perceive the author. It makes the readers think that the author is kind of crazy, being so protective of his story, and also kind of mean, being so forward as to telling the readers what they are to do and not do. When I"m writing a story or an essay, the one thing that I have been told over and over again is to make sure that you capture the reader's attention by any means necessary.

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