Nick Hornby – Slam Reading Log chapter 1 summary The maincharacter, 15-year-old Sam, is introduced. He likes skating (his idol is Tony Hawk), his parents don’t live together anymore and he’s in love with a girl named Alicia. personal thoughts • Sam really adores Tony Hawk •
About A Boy by Nick Hornby: Analysis Chapter 5
Analysis Chapter 5 02.11.11
fifth chapter of the novel About A Boy” from Nick Hornby
published in 1998 is about Marcus, a 12-year-old boy, and his
problems at home and in school.
doesn't know what to do. His mother starts crying and
About a boy – Nick Hornby How does Nick Hornby present the characters of Marcus, Fiona and Will in chapters 1-9 A novel ‘About a boy’ by Nick Hornby was published in 1998, but set in 1993. The title was an inspiration from Nirvana’s song ‘About a girl’. 1990’s was the ‘yuppie’ period,
About a boy by Nick Hornby
1. Book summary
2. Book recommendation in a letter to a friend
3. Write a vocabulary list for each chapter
4. Summerize the most important facts of 4 Chapters: The “w” questions
5. Choose two or more Characters to write Characterisations
6. Write a newspaper article on an event of the novel
Chapter 1 we are given basic information on Marcus and his mum, Fiona: that they recently moved from Cambridge to London, that his parents are splitted up and that his mother had several relationships none of which worked out.
Her latest boyfriend, Roger, has just left the flat never to return. Marcus is interested about the reasons they split up and so they have a conversation about them. After that they watch TV. Marcus worries about her mental state and only chooses trouble less films and they order pizza and have a quite normal evening.
Will joins an afternoon alone in his flat to definite how cool he is. The reader gets some basic information on Will´s outlook on life in general. Will does not want to get married and even loathes children. Therefore he is a mystery to his friends, John and Christine.
Later that day he visits John and Christine. A few weeks ago they get a new baby calls Imogen, so that Barney, their two-year old has a sister. They want Will to be her godfather but Will does not really like children. John and Christine also know Jessica, Will´s ex- girlfriend, that’s why Will starts to think about her.
Marcus cannot sleep because he is afraid of school. Marcus is different and he knows that the other kids bully him .But in the first period after break they read a book and then they discuss how to get to know if somebody is mad. One girl makes a bad joke about Marcus’ singing in class and the young teacher does not helps him.
Will meets Angie, a young mother in a record shop. He likes her so he pretends he like children, only to get the chance for a date with her. First their relationship seems to work but the Angie splits up because she thinks Will not wants to waste his time with a single parent mother and so she qu.....[read full text]
He does not ask any questions, he does not want to be consoled, but he worries about what the people will think about his mum. He is afraid that they do not see the difference between her and those waiting people, who live in the street and who are most of the time drunk and full of drugs. At the end Marcus has to go with Suzie and the baby to their house, because his mum has to stay in the hospital one night.
Will is not worried about Fiona or anybody else apart from himself. For him everything that happens is like a very interesting film. The chapter ends with the sentence: “It had all been very interesting, but he wouldn’t want .....