By: Judith Guest
I did my book report on "Ordinary People". It is a novel about the problems that
take place in a pretty normal family after the death of one of it's members. Conrad who
was the main character of the book, witnesses his brother, Buck, drown. A while after his
brother dies, Conrad tires to kill him self by cutting his wrists. The book starts when
Conrad has just come home from a mental hospital and is trying to keep himself together.
From this point of view I could almost feel the struggles that occur after Buck dies and
how his death destroys the family. This book shows the problems that everyone deals
with every day in modern society, but also explains a persons need for affection and their
longing to know they are cared for. Each family member has a different problem from
Buck's death and each has a different outlook and interpretation of the situation, that
could only be viewed through the book's third person angle. Depression is an important
theme in this book. It is present constantly, and may bring the reader into a saddened
state, but this is necessary to truly understand the complexities involved in this family.
Although this novel is fiction, it quickly becomes a reality in your mind. (It did in mine!)
She paints these characters in your head that remind you of people you know and can
relate to. You have to pick apart this novel to interpret it. It brings up questions of ethics
and methods of parenting in my mind. Appreciation for life immediately derives from
reading this book and is broadens my eyes to the tragedy that can strike in the lives of
least expecting you or me. This was a great book and I'll give it an 8 of 10. [continues]
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