As I read it I foolishly searched for reason, purpose or even just an understandable plot-line but it appears to be written with none.
There is a lot going on. Also present are a ring and a leather journal. Tom Wolfe has said in his review: The characters are written in a manner where their personalities develop over a series of events that occur throughout the book. The story is also original as Crew had used Australian history to introduce issues occurring in the modern society.
The novel addresses a range of issues that were relevant at the time, mainly racism towards the Aboriginals. In the small town on coastal Western Australia racism towards Aboriginals appears rife. He continues to use this term throughout the book. Though not obvious early in the book, It is clear by the end of the book that something is terribly wrong with Steven Messenger in terms of his mental state, foreshadowed in the beginning of the book by the way he lacked interaction with his peers, preferring to be an outsider, watching.
The way the author leads us on the Messenger journey is one of great interest. As the story unfolds, the character of Steven Messenger is created to be fairly realistic in terms of appearance.
Early on in the story, Messenger uses a home made Shanghai slingshotto shoot birds on a cliff page 72 - These hallucinations are not explained by Crew, leaving the interpretation up to the reader.
Is Messenger mentally ill? Is he experiencing supernatural events? Did the people and events he sees in his dreams really happen?
It is an enjoyable read. You will feel you have discovered some truths yourself in its reading.Examines Gary Crew's novel written for a young adult audience, called "Strange Objects," a story containing verifiable historical fact interwoven with elements of fiction and the supernatural.
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Jun 22, · Students are to pick one of the themes that they have explored in Strange Objects and write a five-paragraph essay (introduction, 3 main body paragraphs, conclusion) in which they explain how their understanding of that theme has been influenced by one or more conventions employed by Gary Crew.
Each main body paragraph should explore an aspect 5/5(3). Listen as Gary Crew talks about the narrative structure of his book, Strange Objects. What are the reasons he gives for incorporating so many different sorts of texts (from newspaper articles to diaries and archeological reports) into his narrative?
Gary Crew, Shaun Tan In the world marked the th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Internationally acclaimed author, Gary Crew, and multi-award-winning illustrator Shaun Tan have created a powerful picture book to help us all remember.