The Family The Family

Muhammad Muzammil | Class IX-G | Beaconhouse Defence Campus Karachi

Author: Mario Puzo

Review: This is a very interesting book; it is about the importance of family ties and bonds. Mario Puzo excellently describes the meaning of being a family.

Summary: It starts when the cardinal Alexander is a few months away from being elected Pope. He has four children Cesare, Juan, Jofre and Lucrezia whom he takes to his palace to learn the teaching of the church. The story begins with the pope’s eldest son Cesare, who is an ambitious boy, who wants to be the best at everything. He is very strong, physically and mentally. Juan, his second son, is a dull boy who is physically weak. Lucrezia is the smartest and most kind-hearted in all of the children while Jofre is not special and since he is the youngest son he does not get much attention but he does not even want it. After an incident of poisoning, which was meant for the pope, affects Juan instead, draws more love of the pope towards Juan. The pope makes Cesare a Cardinal even though he wants to be an army general. Juan becomes a general even though he has no skill in fighting. The pope loves his family very much but he uses his children, except for Cesare, to acquire more land for his papal empire. The pope uses blackmailing to convince his children to do as he says. Because of his actions the pope has a lot of enemies and when he stops valuing family morals he, along with his sons, get killed and only Lucrezia survives because she cares for her people like a family so they also take care of her.
The Alchemist The Alchemist

Aliha Ali | Class VII-Pink

Book: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Review: A boy named Santiago, who was a shepherd, lived in Tarifa. Twice, he had a dream that he found treasure, so he went to a gypsy who could interpret his dream. The gypsy told him that he would find the treasure near the pyramids. He thought she was a fraud, however the gypsy wanted one-tenth of his treasure if he found it. Next day he sold his flock and got enough money to go on his quest.

When he reached Tanger he got robbed and was left with nothing. He worked for a crystal merchant for a year and collected enough money to go to the pyramids. He joined some people who were crossing the desert, he reached the oasis and met a girl named Fatima, whom he started loving. An alchemist he met on the way told him to follow his destiny or he’d always regret it. He then continued towards the pyramids but found nothing. From some people there he learned that the treasure was hidden beside a church in Tanger. The boy went back to his home land and found his treasure and went for Fatima.

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