The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time

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  • Sailor By Ondaatje Summary

    Ondaatje’s prevalent use of the skeleton imagery symbolizes the deaths of common people. Even though the Tamils and Sinhalese may have different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, they are all human beings who are killing each other. While they may have different tenets and ideologies that make up their identities, they all share a country, they all breath the same air and they all are made up of a skeleton. The skeleton that receives the most attention throughout the novel is Sailor; Anil searches endlessly to find his identity. Anil’s quest for the truth of his identity is characteristic of a crime fiction novel. While Ondaatje provides other elements to make his novel more complex, he follows the basic features of the crime fiction genre. The novel is typically fictional, but with a lot of research to support its contents. Ondaatje has clearly stated his novel as a work of fiction; however, it is based on true events in Sri Lanka’s history. Ondaatje himself was born in Sri Lanka (previously Ceylon) before moving to England. While he spent his adulthood in England and eventually Canada, his roots began in Sri Lanka, which may have been his inspiration for writing the novel. A crime…

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  • Vertigo Analysis

    reading a critic review, I discovered that Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Vertigo”, was based on a French Novel, “D’entre les Morts,”. The novel translates into Among the Dead, and is a 1954 crime novel by Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud. The novel was published only four years before Hitchcock’s movie. While reading the reviews, I also noticed the whole love story between James Stewart’s character, Scottie, and Kim Novak’s character, Madeline, is very closely related to the Orpheus…

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  • Holes By Louis Sachar Summary

    The novel Holes by Louis Sachar is a comedy adventure fiction novel that tells the story of Stanley Yelnats in a third person point of view. The setting of this novel takes place in Camp Green Lake which is a juvenile detention center. Once at Camp Green Lake inmates are forced to dig holes through the day. The novel takes place in present day, but deals with a lot of flashbacks that happen through the novel. The main character in the novel is Stanley Yelnats, he is an overweight, shy,…

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  • Examples Of Inductive Detectioning In The Novel 'The Moonstone'

    Professor Hatch English Lit 11 November 2017 Outside of the Box Thinking As a detective, it is crucial to figure out which strategy you will use to be a more efficient in solving an investigation. Collins usually uses certain aspects of the rationalist deductive detection but he also uses scientific reasoning which adapts to the narratives in his novels. To be a successful detective it is vital to be more of an Inductive detection detective because it requires the detective to state the facts…

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  • A Hope In The Unseen Character Analysis

    think you are not smart enough? In the novel, A hope in the unseen, Written by Ron Suskind, Cedric Jennings is an anomaly at Ballou High School in the Southeast neighborhood of Washington, D.C.: in a poorly performing school where academic achievement is scorned, Cedric proudly strives for high grades with a desire to attend a top university. In his junior year, Cedric is admitted to the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) summer program at the Massachusetts Institute of…

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  • Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

    The early to mid 1900’s was a time period marked by its prejudice, extreme racism and injustice towards the african american people. Harper Lee was born in 1928, during the time period of racism, and witnessed many events that shaped her views and writing style. To Kill A Mockingbird, an example of the time period, is her most famous piece. The story is set in the 1930’s, and involves a trial of a black man, Tom Robinson. Throughout the story, people constantly refer to Tom and Atticus, his…

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  • The Bling Ring Escapism Analysis

    It causes them to become belligerent when discussing America because along with pride comes arrogance that causes people to become protective of the country or a subset within the country, and it makes them become more and more protective of what they hold dear People have become more and more intolerant of opposing views to the point where no actual discussion of issues occurs, instead people on all sides, of what is supposed to be rational discourse, resort to hasty generalizations and ad…

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  • Urbanization In 19th Century England

    People left the countryside for the city. Cities expanded and cities emerged. Society developed – but this kind of urbanization wasn´t always good. The city residents often lived in cramped, overcrowded houses, with poor sanitation, and disease and crime running rampant. For the vast majority of workers, life wasn´t too good. Consequently, as the industrial revolution flourished, the social and economic differences began to increase considerably and it was in the midst of all this that the…

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  • Analysis Of Camaraderie In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    interconnect society, is imperative in the lives of creatures to guarantee well-being as illustrated through the interactions of the characters in Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. Mary Shelley argues that companionship balances out the unwanted qualities of a person, while also providing a sense of acceptance in an otherwise judgemental society. As stories and wisdom is exchanged between comrades, Shelley sees this as beneficial because personal growth is achieved. Mary Shelley…

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  • Inequality In The Help By Kathryn Stockett

    Inequity What is it that we take pride in putting one another down to be on top? This is the question that arose while reading The Help which was published in 2009, by Kathryn Stockett. It takes place in the 1960s right before the civil rights movement. Through the the book, we can take a close view at the interconnected black and white community. The difference between black and white Americans are vividly little hence, they rip apart the universe. The constant war between the two sides…

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