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Marden Dahlstedt's Descriptive Writing
In the The Terrible Wave, Marden Dahlstedt used very descriptive writing to explain the scene. Her fabulous writing style amazes me and makes the reader want to keep reading her book. There are many instances in The Terrible Wave where Marden Dahlstedt uses her fantastic writing abilities to paint a picture in my mind of what the main character, Megan Maxwell, is feeling, seeing, and hearing.
Megan Maxwell experiences many catastrophic events, and the author uses very detailed descriptions to let the reader experience these feelings with her. One quote from the book that I thought was very descriptive was,” The trunk of a giant tree came rushing past, its roots waving above the water like a hundred searching fingers.” I like this passage because it lets the reader understand what Megan is seeing and also feeling. Another quote from the book that I like is, “The din around her was tremendous. It was an entirely unhuman sound- cracking, grinding, roaring, together with the dreadful sucking, sloshing noise of the dark water which surrounded her.” I think this sentence is exciting because it makes the reader feel how dreadful the situation is and makes me feel as though the water is about to suck in Megan.
There are many more phenomenal descriptions in The Terrible Wave. One I like is, “Megan felt herself being pushed as if by a mighty hand…” I enjoy this sentence because it makes me realize the extreme force of the water pushing against her when the wave first hit the Maxwell’s house. It also shows how serious the situation was. Another fabulous quote from the book: “...the attic floor split open. A surge of oily, yellow water gushed up...” I like this phrase because it explains how the water hit the attic. It also describes the height of the wave if Megan’s house is on high land and they were all the way in the attic when the wave hit. I also like “ ...showers of broken glass winged a thousand tiny arrows, linens flapped like eerie white birds...”I like how this sentence describes what the wave has destroyed.
Marden Dahlstedt uses the exceptional writing style that I have written about to interest her readers. In The Terrible Wave, there is not one paragraph without a magnificent explanation of what is going on. Marden Dahlstedt thoroughly explains the situation. The marvelous author, Marden Dahlstedt, has written her book, The Terrible Wave, so well that no one would be bored reading it.
Article posted January 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM •
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