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Book Title: The Rifle|
The author of the book: Gary Paulsen
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: November 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780152058395
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.95 MB
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Alternative title: How I Lost My Respect for Gary Paulsen.
Gary Paulsen uses his usual gift of prose in this short novel, but the book is more a political rant than a novel. In fact, given the sheer ridiculousness of the book's central premise, it's hard to see it as anything close to a well-crafted story.
After painting a beautiful introduction to an amazing rifle, a several-page rant that stereotypes gun owners, Paulsen concludes with an ending so ridiculously impossible that my wife had to pry my jaw off the floor.
According to Paulsen, the rifle was left loaded for over 200 years, spending much of the time in a humid attic. Somehow, he postulates, the bear fat managed to keep the black powder charge in the barrel perfectly preserved. Also, in 200 years, no one checks to see if it is loaded... Best of all, after years of such perfect preservation, a single spark from a fireplace manages to get into the barrel and ignite the charge. When the gun fires, it goes through two windows and, with a perfect shot, kills the kid who would have cured cancer. Following the ending is a reader chat page: "Do you still think guns don't kill people?"
Really? For those unfamiliar with black powder, leaving a charge in for a single year leads to incredible amounts of rust. Humidity will destroy a charge. Oh, and bear fat still works as a water barrier after 200 years? Wow.
Icing on the cake: the cover shows a left-handed rifle from a time when there were practically no left-handed rifles...
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Read information about the authorAlthough he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his stories.
Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.
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