Sunday, November 27, 2011

Book Recommendation for others "Band of Brothers"

The book "Band of Brothers," is one that I would strongly recommend. The storyline is absolutely amazing, many events occur. The beginning though is at some parts boring, but within early chapters it picks up very quickly. The dialogue is bold for the soldiers, and allows the reader insight to everyday life during the war. For those who enjoy World War II novels, this book is definitely a choice high up on the list.

Book Summarization for "Band of Brothers"

The novel "Band of Brothers," is far from any classic war story. The book goes through each individual in Easy Company, and shows how their characteristics make the unit that the reader comes to know over the course of the book. The action scenes within this book are viewed in stunning detail. The dialogue between the soldiers and the interviewer seems as if the reader is the sitting one on one with them. Not a single description is left vague for the reader. The battles that take place contribute to the improvement to the unit of E-Company. At the start, the soldiers only worried for their well-being. At the end, the fallen are within the hearts of both the reader and the soldiers who survived. The reader is taken through many historic places, such as Normandy and Holland.

Best Chapter in "Band of Brothers"

The best chapter in the novel "Band of Brothers," would have to be Chapter 6 "Move Out." This chapter shows the company after the D-Day invasion and their preparation for the next attack. The Allied Forces next move is described in this chapter. It shows how Easy Company fits into the situation, describing their role with maximum detail. The company is faced with many objectives for there next mission. Ambrose was able to capture the moment of the night operation during this chapter and bring it to life.

Analyzing Author's tone in "Band of Brothers" Pg 93

The page I have chosen to analyze was page 93. Upon reading, I noticed the author was very detailed in the battle scenes. For example when talking of the German counter-attack, "Ramirez went back and returned with two bazooka rounds, stumbling and crashing around. To Tipper's horror, he said he ahd removed the pins (with the safety pin gone, an armed bazooka rocket would explode if dropped from two or three feet)." Ambrose is able to capture the essence of war and bring it right to the novel, placing the reader in those very same situations as that of the soldiers.

Sufficient Events in Chronological order in "Band of Brothers"

1.Boot Camp
This is where the group known as E-Company starts to become a reality. These men came from different backgrounds, as well as different parts of the country. Here is where Herbert Sobel, Clarence Hester, Dick Winters, Walter Moore, Lewis Nixton, and there commander Col. Robert Sink are introduced.
2. Parachute School (Benning)
 This shows how E-Company comes to work as a whole unit instead of an individual. It is here where Sink will allow Sobel command over his own regiment. The training here is more grueling than that of the basic boot camp. It is here where E-Company will learn of their parachuting techniques.
3.Parachute School (Mackall)
The Easy Company transports to a new parachute school located in North Carolina. This camp seemed to be more luxurious to the soldiers than the last. Even though many new additions were added to the base, the training intensified. E-Company began doing practice runs here with weapons attatched, and full gear.
4.The Samaria
The Samaria was an old India mail liner and passenger ship converted to a troop transport. This is where E-Company is moved to. The conditions on this boat were very harsh. Scarce supply of water, food, and they did not have a change of clothes. Two men were assigned to one bunk, and had to sleep in shifts. The company only had two meals a day, and space was limited. This brought them closer together.
Easy Company arrived in England to prepare for the invasion of Europe. The training schedule was intense. They were six days a week, eight to ten hours a day. They had 15-25 mile hikes, and went on night operations. One instance occurs where the Company tricks Sobel into believing the commander wants him to cut the fence through a farm. He does so, and the next day, european farmers are enraged at the commander for what his soldiers had done.
6.Slapton Sands
This is where Easy Company finally makes there way into battle. They move into the beaches and make fox holes for battle. The enemy tanks pass right over them and do not suspect them. From there, the company carries out the first assault.
From here, this is where the men make their first actual jump into combat. For the last battle, they did not need to jump out of planes, for they were already on foot. Here is where they call the "$10,000 jump," in meaning that the men had $10,000 G.I. life insurance.
Since D-Day, Easy Company was able to be put on reserve while the other forces cleared out the remaining areas. During this time, the company goes over their next objectives for the upcoming mission, and also showing off their rewards from the last battle. One of which a soldier aquired a ring from a german enemy.
Easy Company completed their latest mission in Carentan and were now given new uniforms, pay, and a seven-day pass. Most of the soldiers do not remember that week. They drank heavily, got themselves into fights with non-paratroopers, and caused all kinds of destruction like breaking windows and chairs.
It was a beautiful summer day when the Allied forces launched a suprise airborne attack on the Germans. All of the troops, including Easy Company, landed right on their marks. It was here that they needed to take a road that was vital to carrying out operation MARKET-GARDEN. Through many days of tremendous battle, their missionn was successful.

Two places mentioned in "Band of Brothers"

Two locations that are mentioned in the book "Band of Brothers" are Camp Mackall, and Slapton Sands. Camp Mackall which was located in North Carolina, was a marvel of wartime construction. On November 7, 1942, it consisted of 62,000 acres of wilderness. Four months later it had 65 miles of paved roads, a 1,200-bed hospital, five movie theatres, heated barracks, and cots with mattresses. This base was named after Private John T. Mackall of the 82d Airborne Division, the first paratrooper to be killed in combat during World War II.
Slapton Islands are located in England. E-Company makes their first stop in military action here. President Eisenhower needed to provide sufficent width to the invasion to bring in enough infantry divisions to overpower the enemy. It is here where E-company gets into some shenanigans. Winters and Lt. Schmitz get into a fake boxing match behind the tents. Little did Schmitz know that Winters was a wrestler in college and took him down with ease, but threw him too hard. Schmitz suffered two cracked vertebrae, and did not get to go to Normandy with the rest of E-Company. From there the Company began their move towards Normandy for the invasion.

Most important people or entities in "Band of Brothers"

There are many important characters and entities in the book "Band of Brothers." Each soldier in E-Company provides a certain detail to the book. For example, many soldiers in the Company will talk of their Captain, who goes by the name of Sobel, and how he would occasionally abuse his authority over the Company. Even though he was a high ranking officer, it was said that Sobel was not the most intelligent during combat situations. Most of the men in E-Company would ignore Sobel's commands, and retalliate against him in a friendly manner later. Another character with some history is Harry Welsh. This soldier was a reluctant officer, and after jump school was promoted to sergeant. He was demoted to private three times, all accounts for fighting. Welsh was a tough Irishman with obvious leadership potential. For this, he was assigned to Easy Company, 2d Battalion, 506th PIR.

How title "Band of Brothers" relates to novel

The title "Band of Brothers" relates well to the enviroment of the book. The book surrounds a group of soldiers during World War II, known as E-Company. The starting point is the very first day of boot camp, and runs all the way to the actual battles they take part in. Some points recall interviews with the soldiers after the war and they provide description of the men in their regiment. Over time, E-Company loses the sense of fending for themselves, to being broken into functioning as a whole unit. The E-Company overtime becomes a "Band of Brothers," as the title of the novel entails.

MLA Documentation and information on the author for "Band of Brothers"

Ambrose, Stephen E. Band of Brothers. New York: Touchstone, 2001.

The book I have chosen to read was "Band of Brothers," by Stephen E. Ambrose. Stephen E. Ambrose has written other novels, such as "The Wild Blue" and "Comrades." Ambrose was born in 1936 and grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin. His first book was his Louisiana State University master's thesis on Henry Halleck, and his second was his Ph.D. dissertation on Civil War general Emory Upton. Ambrose was twenty-eight years old when President Eisenhower, who had read his book on Halleck, asked him to write his biography. Since then, Ambrose has written more than twenty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are "D-Day, June 6 1944;" "Citizen Soldiers;" "Band of Brothers;" "Undaunted Courage;" and "Nothing Like It in the World."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My non-fiction book choice

The book I decided to choose for my non-fiction project is "Band of Brothers" by Steven Ambrose. One reason for my selection is that I enjoy reading war stories and events during WWII. Also because of the reviews I have heard about. With many positive responses, this must be an interesting book.

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Why I Write: Gary Giddins Riffs on Jazz" Response

Reading Gary Giddins essay on how jazz has become an unknown art in the United States, I was informed on the basis of the jazz music style. Giddins starts off his essay by summarizing a musical track called "Concerto for Billy the Kid." He explains that even many people who love jazz have never heard of this track. He explains the backbone of the track and how each individual instrument is able to combine to make one collective sound. Giddins then transitions into his reasoning on becoming a writer, which was started at the age of eight. He centers his writing around the form of criticism, in the sense that it is everywhere and in everything.

Link to the essay is below;

"Why I Write" Response

Upon reading "Why I Write" by Terry Tempest Williams, I was most interested in the personification that the author used. It seemed that the author started to just state reasons of why she wrote at random, but then most reasons had a great sense of personification. For example "I write knowing I can be killed by my own words, stabbed by syntax, crucified by both understanding and misunderstanding." The author gave the reasons for her writing human-like characteristics in a dark sense. Not every example throughout this reading has a light side to it, for example "It doesn't matter, words are always a gamble, words are splinters from cut glass." She gives the reader an insight in that her writing at points can become a source of pain.