Monday, 30 September 2013

My thoughts on: The first two chapters of The Whale Story

              The Whale Story by Cheryl Kaye Tardif was a phenomenal piece of work by an otherwise superb author. It really had me hooked onto the plot and after I finished reading the first couple chapters, it was hard for me to put it down as I was so interested in the story line. The author did a marvellous job of introducing the characters and the setting of the story in the first couple chapters. By the time I was done, I could briefly imagine what the different characters looked like and the roles they would go on to play further in the story. Tardif chose to include a lot of foreshadowing in the piece as well. "Little did I know just how unfair life could be" is a bold example of the foreshadowing the author chose to instil into the story. This, indicating that later on there is going to be some sort of a mishap that is going to largely impact the protagonist and others close to her. I predicted that something would happen to either of her parents as they were the ones she was closest to ever since the move. I felt that the story had much of a mysterious tone to it. It drew you in, and left you with many unanswered questions afterwards. To me this was because, of all the foreshadowing in the piece that left you curious about what was going to happen. This helped you develop a lot of questions in your mind. I felt that the two chapters that I read were mainly just part of the exposition as the author was still introducing the setting and the characters and there really was no rising action just yet. The author started the story off by introducing the setting to get you into that mode and so that you would remember it the whole way through. Tardif set the story in 1977, On Vancouver Island in a small town known as Bamfeild. I felt that she did quite a commendable job describing Bamfeild. You could tell that she knew all her facts and did quite a bit reaseach about the place as her description in the story was geographically accurate. Overall I was surprised at just how much I was into the story by merely the second chapter. I would definitely like to finish the book one day as from what I know it, was a well written piece that definitely required a lot of insight to write. 

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