Gunsmith Cornish McManus lovingly crafts a once-in-a lifetime flintlock muzzle-loader, but is sadly forced to part with it when Clare, the love of his life, wants to begin a family. He is coming of age and experiencing many firsts, such as, girlfriends, sports, etc. I cannot and will not recommend this book, because, unfortunately, the author turns it into a heavy-handed political statement, and ruins the enjoyment of the first part. But a very unlucky family would soon find out. The subject of the book is the rifle, which is made in the 1700s and is passed down until the 1990s, which the book was written in. He then sells it to a man named John Bryam who uses into become a legendary revolutionary war character. This book shows the history of a rifle that goes from the Revolutionary war to modern day.
After that though it definitely is worth your time to read. He went to sleep thinking a kind of reverse question. A man got ahold of the rifle and set it on top of his fireplace. If you get one of those dated 1942 or earlier, it's almost a 100% chance that it was used in war on the Eastern Front. You might even be able to argue that they're more deadly at farther ranges; full-size rifle rounds certainly perform better at long range than 5.
But it strains credulity to the breaking point to believe that a gun loaded in the 1770s will still fire first-time true in 1993. The Hatchet Symbol The hatchet is the object that gives the novel its title, so it is the most important symbol in the text. The rifle has been in existence for over two centuries, and Paulsen painstakingly describes every major event that the rifle was used in, and also what it caused. He builds characters in mere paragraphs, fleshes them out in a couple of pages. The Rifle Brian finds a rifle in the plane's survival pack; surprised by its presence, Brian rejects the gun and puts it aside.
It remained there for 300 years until a young boy found it. A man named Cornish McManus establishes his own gunsmith shop in 1768. One of these sparks enters the hole of the Rifle, causing the loaded Rifle to fire. With his usual economy of words, Gary Paulsen spins a trenchant historical yarn around one gun, a flintlock that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Paulsen would spend more than a decade sailing the Pacific before getting back into dog sledding in 2003. After Bryam dies the rifle is passed down through many protagonist, however none of t This book, The Rifle, was not a very entertaining one at all.
The changing in the mood was really great. He worked with a man named John Waynewright, and he taught Cornish o Personal Response When I started to read this book, I was automatically interested in it. Paulsen tells the story in a third person omniscient point of view. According to his keynote speech on October 13, 2007, at the writing conference in , he still intended to compete in the Iditarod. While I know nothing about guns, I still found this book riveting and thought provoking. The book starts with a man named Cornish making a perfect rifle, which is both beautiful and shoots perfectly.
The Rifle is one of my all time favorite books, among others that Gary Paulsen has written. Byam was the next owner and he felt very proud of the rifle he owned. He was dirty and starving and bitten and hurt and lonely and afraid and so completely miserable that it was like a being in a pit, a dark, deep pit with no way out. Traffic, people talking, sounds all the time—the hum and whine of the city. This was unheard of at the time. The rifle, discovered by two children, exchanges hands many times until its fatal act on Christmas Eve, when the spark of a Christmas candle uncannily ignites, setting off the charge that kills. Rifles were guns with a long barrel that had a spiral in the barrel.
Later, he died from dysentery after drinking the water. He felt proud of making the rifle. For the first time since the crash he was not thinking of himself, or his own life. Plot A man named Cornish Mcmanus started his own business in making guns. He tries to justify his explanation for how the black powered could still be good. This book brought me joy until the end this book was so good it stuck to the tittle and talked manly of the rifle, this book gave good detail,also this book gives true facts like how the us army always aimed for the generals for a long time until we saw our wrong, it describes the gun the bullet how america lacked money and people did as well but over all I request that every body read this book and it is a quick read as well. From guns to now and the first, they all revolve around on thing: killing people.
After the Revolution, the rifle falls into the hands of Sarah, who tucks it away between the timbers in her attic, where it stays until 1993. It's short and compact but there is some kind of well-built strength in every sentence, every paragraph. Later, he died from dysentery after drinking the water. The plane crash at the beginning of the book seems as if it should be an ending to a series of events, when it actually serves as a prelude to Brian's real adventure. He enlisted in the army and became the deadliest sharp shooter in the Revolutionary War.
Who would have thought that a book so carefully detailing the making of a beautiful gun would in fact carry an anti-gun sentiment? His father was a career army officer, on General George Patton's staff, who spent most of overseas. And one of the funniest things in the book is nobody ever looked to see if it was loaded util it shot its final shot through a mans head. In 1990, suffering from heart disease, Paulsen made the decision to give up dog sledding, which he described as the most difficult decision he has ever made. Gary Paulsen uses his usual gift of prose in this short novel, but the book is more a political rant than a novel. I did not like the ending very much.
This book started out as an interesting look at how the gun was constructed and the people who owned it, but right at the end, it turned into a rant about the dangers of guns. Suddenly he could see things he never saw before. Ultimately, I don't see why so many people are against this book. The scenery was very pretty, he thought, and there were new things to look at, but it was all a green and blue blur and he was used to the gray and black of the city. Outside the rain poured down, but Brian lay back, drinking syrup from the berries, dry and with the pain almost all gone, the stiffness also gone, his belly full and a good taste in his mouth.