Journal 3-Part One:
My overall reading is going very well. I think both books have strengths. I like "House on Mango
Street", it has corky stories about her life. She has very descriptive and unique way of writing. It is a
I also like " A Long Way Gone", I found myself wanting to read on. I am wondering how
much more Ishmael can endure. He is also a very descriptive writer. His writing unfortunately, has
a tragic description. As such a young boy, he has been through so much and we are only half way
through the book. The mother comes out in me, when I am reading this book. So many things
as a mother touches me. How this young boy has to survive without his family. The mother that had
the baby die on her back.
My active reading habits are going well. I have not done this in the past, I feel
it is helping me. Before, when reading I found myself getting lost at times.
"No Sight of Humans for Five Days"
This chapter focused first on their beliefs. The imam (a preacher) was burned alive in the mosque by the rebels. Ishmael's father had a ceremony to bless their new house (a reflection). Ishmael decided he was tired of living in fear, and decided to leave. He started his journey by himself. He was separated from his brother and his friends during the rebel's attack on the village. He was deep in the forest, to keep from encountering the rebels. He did not see humans for five days. On the sixth day of his journey he came upon a family swimming in the river. They were not friendly at all. People did not trust strangers anymore. "It was clear from the tone of his voice that he didn't want me around and didn't trust me". The father of the family finally did tell him the direction he should walk in order to get to his destination by the sea.