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Dewey’s Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge: Perspectives

October 24, 2009

Perspectives Mini-Challenge

Time Slot: 1pm to 4pm eastern(US)

Prize: Two books, paperback: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon & A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, as well as a mini bonsai kit & book thong

Challenge: Name three books that are told from a different world view, a different perspective, that you have read and enjoyed. Give a one sentence summary of the book, and another sentence that explains how the book shares a unique perspective. The prize books are great examples of this different perspective. In “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, the story is told from the perspective of a book who has autism- he sees the world very differently than someone without autism. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” tells the story of Owen Meany- a boy with a entirely unshakeable certainty about the future…he knows his own ultimate fate, and sees things in a whole different light because of it.

If you put this as a post on your blog please post a copy here, or leave a link!

Thank you for participating! At the end of the 3 hours, I will draw a name randomly from those who participated, and announce the winner on my blog.

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  1. October 24, 2009 1:05 pm

    The 19th Wife si a book that is told from the viewpoint of a historical fiction novel and a modernday mystery, with historical facts interspersed. I found it very intruiging, and different than any other book I have read.

  2. October 24, 2009 1:11 pm

    The first three I thought of:
    1. The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow is told from the point of view of a dead woman as she observes the lives of her friends and family to help solver her own murder
    2. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman is told from the point of view of a teenage girl in a coma. She remembers her life and observes the actions of her loved ones as they talk to her.
    3. The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer because it has so many narrators. I don’t recall the exact number, but the story bends through time and characters, both real and imagined. There are four main narrators, but many others take on a chapter.


  3. October 24, 2009 1:12 pm

    Here’s my post on it (scroll down to the bottom):

    Fun mini-challenge!

  4. October 24, 2009 1:16 pm

    Three books:

    Beware, Princess Elizabeth – a recount of Elizabeth from her early days until her coronation.
    Shows the perspective of a princess in waiting, in the 1500s.

    Tuesdays with Morrie – story of how Mitch Albom spent his days with Morrie, his mentor.
    Shows the perspective of a man dealing with another person who’s awaiting his death.

    Cirque du Freak – story of how Darren’s adventures as he goes from ordinary boy to a vampire
    Shows the perspective of a normal boy and his eventual transition into a vampire, where everything has changed.

  5. resurfacer permalink
    October 24, 2009 1:17 pm


    This is the link to my post

    Interesting challenge 🙂

  6. October 24, 2009 1:20 pm

    I posted my answers on my blog check it out.

  7. October 24, 2009 1:20 pm

    Here’s my link, maybe not the most intellectual books, but all 3 I loved! Thanks for a fun challenge!!

  8. October 24, 2009 1:24 pm

    Sushi For One (Camy Tang) is the story of one of a number of Christian Japanese-American cousins searching for love while dealing with their non-Christian family.

    Gemma (Petra Last) is the story of a young woman in 18th century England who, after her father’s death, has to deal with mean family and a trip to America in the disguise of a ship’s boy.

    Disobedience (Naomi Alderman) deals with a young woman who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community, but left for the US in order to live a secular life, but comes back for her father’s funeral.

  9. October 24, 2009 1:26 pm

    my post is here:

  10. taraSG permalink
    October 24, 2009 1:26 pm

    Great challenge idea!! My 3 books:

    1. Jonathon Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach. The story is told from the perspective of an outcast seagull who is sacrificing everything to live his dream. His ambition and willingness to help others is something I strive for.

    2. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger. Told from the perspective of an unwilling time traveler. The thought of not being able to control when and where you’ll be makes you appreciate being able to live in the now.

    3. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse. The story of a man’s life journey to find nirvana. The whole premise of the story is that you cannot learn from others experiences… you have to get out there and learn for yourself.

  11. October 24, 2009 1:30 pm

    1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – This book is told from two perspectives, a man named Hnery that has the ability to time travel and his wife. You get live in Henry’s shoes as he time travels to past and future, and not being able to change what happens.

    2. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – A book written from the perspective of Charlie, a mentally challenged man that is submitted to an experimental surgery to make him smart. It was so moving seeing the world from Charlie’s perspective, both before and after he was made smart.

    3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – I think everyone knows about this one, this book is a diary written by Anne Frank, a Jewish girl living in hiding with her family during WWII. I couldn’t imagine myself being in that situation and how horrible it must have been.

  12. October 24, 2009 1:39 pm

    This is fun….

    1. The Book Thief – I love this book! It is told from the perspective of Death. Yes, Death narrates the book. I think it is brilliant!

    2. The Chinese Knot- is told from the point of view of several single Chinese-Canadian women

    3. Vampire Stories – told through the victims perspective

  13. October 24, 2009 1:56 pm

    1. The End of Alice by A.M. Homes – A pedophile guides an admirer into a life of pedophilia from behind bars. Absolutely a different worldview and written in such a way that the author makes what is happening appear normal.

    2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – A man with a genetic anomaly bounces through time. His perspective on life, time, love, and endings is so very unique.

    3. 1000 White Women by Jim Fergus – The diaries of a white woman sent to marry a Cheyenne chief. Historical fiction that operates under the assumption that the US agreed to a proposition made by the Cheyenne over one hundred years ago. Interesting look at what might have been.

  14. October 24, 2009 2:05 pm

    1. If I stay by Gayle Forman- Told by a girl in coma. She sees what is happening around in the hospital, she knows that her family is death and she tells about her past building the story that way.
    2.Before I Die by Jenny Downham- The narrator is a girl who knows she is going to die to cancer and she creates a list of things to do before she dies.
    3.Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella- The narrator is a twentysomething woman from London who starts to see her death great aunt Sadie as a 23 year old ghost. This book was HILARIOUS.

  15. October 24, 2009 2:11 pm

    Here is the link to my update where I included my three books for this challenge (along with my explanations!)

  16. October 24, 2009 2:15 pm

    Willow by Julia Hoban. Told from the perspective of Willow Randall who has been through such horrific loss – something I’ve never experienced, but a different perspective that broadened my horizons.

    The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Smith. Told from the perspective of a girl brought up in a polygamous compound. Such different social mores and expectations.

    Audrey! Wait by Robin Benway. Told from the perspective of someone who was made famous not of their own volition. Not a situation I’ve been in, or want to be in!

    And I blogged them here:

    Thanks for this! It was a great mind break!

  17. October 24, 2009 2:32 pm

    (1) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—the author shifts from himself as a disassociated person in the present to a crazy guy in the past

    (2) Gilead—a very old man at the end of his life

    (3) I, Claudius—a powerless ruler among many crazy men

  18. October 24, 2009 2:58 pm

    The Twenthieth Wife-Inda Sundarsen-told from the perspective of Mehrunnisa-who became the Twentieth Wife to the Salim during the rule of the Mughal empire.

    Someone Knows my Name-the story of a slave from her time in Africa to being brought to America to going to England and working with the abolitionists.

    The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel-is told from the perspective of Eastern Jewel-a Chinese born woman sent to and raised in Japan who spied for the Japanese-quite intriquing.

  19. October 24, 2009 3:15 pm

    Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago – It tells the story of what happens when Death takes a sabbatical. The inventiveness is Death as female who has to connect with what constitutes attachment and loss.

    Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan – It is a story of a tour into Burma told by the deceased tour organizer. Tan captures the mystical, mysterious spirit world and folds it seamlessly into the domino events that are karmic for the tourists.

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier – The story of Ishmael Beah and his survival after capture by rebels in the wars of Sierra Leone is told first hand. His ability to articulate his emotional trauma makes the physical trials so much more painful to witness – even if only in print.

    Great idea! Thank you,

  20. November 6, 2009 4:51 pm


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