Biography Book Report

Apr 6, 2009 Filed under:Book reports & literature essays — admin @ 6:04 am

Biography Book Report

Biography book report should be written in the academically accepted format for book report writing.  Writing a biography book report you need to pay attention to the following details:

  • Is the author of the book objective? (in other words, you need to assess whether the author presents reliable information about the person or makes up the information; consulting additional articles and researches is highly recommended)
  • How is the book structured? (is there a logical structure?  Does the author write the book is the chronological or thematic order?)
  • Did you like the book?  (do not simply state “I enjoyed reading the book”. Be more specific and provide examples from the book to support your statements)
  • What are the sources of information used by the author? (evidently, if the book is written about the person who lived many decades ago and the author was unable to know him in person, the book should rely on outside sources of information. You need to assess the reliability of those sources)
  • Is the opinion of the author about the person felt? (while reading the book try to notice whether the author has favorable, neutral or negative attitude toward the person)

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Biography Book Report: Excerpts

Richard Hillary was born in Australia, the only child of civil servants who sent him to the proper public schools in England, where he grew to be a handsome, athletic, scornful, clever youth: in his own words "an alert Philistine." With a group of friends from Oxford ("the long-haired boys") he joined the R.A.F. in 1939 as a fighter pilot. He flew against the Germans until, having survived all his comrades, he himself was shot down, his face and hands badly burned. After nightmare months in various hospitals, he emerged at last with a new face, a patchwork of skin grafts, and clawlike hands with which, painfully, he composed The Last Enemy, a description of that ordeal which had changed him from a rather nihilistic Oxford undergraduate to a man who had, through pain, experienced a sense of the world's community.

Yet the hero seldom remains one with humanity: rather humanity becomes one with the hero, absorbed in the high gallantry of his legend. It became one with Hillary when, the book finished, he, sick and frightened, went back on active duty against the orders of his doctors and was killed, as he knew that he would be.

Arthur Koestler in "The Birth of Myth" (Horizon, April 1943) attempted with passion and ingenuity to define not only Hillary's sacrifice but his equivocal attitude toward the meaning of war, toward courage and responsibility, recording, as does Mr. Dickson, his dislike of the resonant clich?s of politicians and his inarticulate obsession with virtue. He suffered, Koestler finally decided, from what French Catholics call la maladie du scrupule.

Mr. Dickson, however, keeps to the periphery of his hero's life, collecting with care the relevant letters, the anecdotes the living had to tell. The central mystery being left for the reader to determine as he pleases. Even Hillary himself never quite understood the reason for his last gesture. He could only suggest that it was instinct rather than vanity which guided him, and that he did believe, finally, that the war was to be the beginning of something better in the world, never realizing that his act in itself was that something better men awaited, a bright moment whose memory would endure long after the war's urgency had become a schoolboy's dreary lesson.



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