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Colton's Conclusions

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The art of Seeing




[20071215-130547_Chamechaude_.jpg] Summit of Chamechaude in winter.


Sight is influencial.

For me, the art of seeing, is the art of living. It helps make up the other senses. For example when you see something beautiful like a waterfall, you immediately  sense of tingling over your body, the mist in your face, the roar in your ears as the water forges carellesly over the ledge.






















Fight Club




By Chuck Palahniuk










"I pass people in the hall at work, I get totally ZEN right in everyone's hostile little FACE." pg 63










































The Sun Also Rises



The Guy on the Cover of the book represents in my opinion Jacob, and his sullen life of mediocrity. 

Read by: Colton Watt

Written By:Earnest Hemingway




"You are all a lost generation."-Gertrude Stein


fitting for the book, but somewhat hipocritical, to state that "we" as a seperate nation of peoples are lost, when in fact she has no clue. For I see it that her as "one", is lost in the sense that, she made the assumption that we are lost.


"One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever. . .The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose. . . north;it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. . . All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again."



In the circuit of life, the world keeps turning, a new generation is born unto a society, and life remains a pattern of continual grtowth; and the sun also rises. Lives are lost, wars are fought, and relationships are built, and the sun also rises...

 Afterward we passed through the Landes and watched the sun set. There were wide fire-gaps, cut through the pines, and you could look up them like avenues and see wooded hills way off.


This is reflective of how earnest Hemingway wrote. He had a somewhat "nature sense" in his writing. 

"Good night darling." "You make me ill." We kissed good night, and Brett shivered.


WTF. When I read this mixed messages of their relationships, I really saw how screwed up Jake and Brett's relationship is. Brett is constantly striving to be the best he can be to Brett, but she continually disses him infront of his friends, but in awkwardness runs back to him-alot. Jacob deserves better.



Cohn the self pittied depresser whines about, and my pitty is in turn given to the narrator. Jacob sees the best about almost anyone, and yet it is hard for anyone to do the same back. Robert only hangs with jake because he wants someone to feel sorry for him. By seeing cohn, jake is socially driven to be better about himself, and searches for it full hearted.

Frances- A dull women that lags onto cohn, depresses him, and feels that her life is wasted. Well if so leave the bastar* sooner. Her self arrogance, just diminishes cohn, and makes him even worse than he was before he was with her.  

Brett-Not too sure what to think of her and in fact, I dont think she even knows what to think of herself. Her unsure state of a relationship with jake sets the stage for an emotional, propagandic relationship.



I didnt understand most of the French:


Quai d'Orsay- bar maybe



Bois-place in France maybe-social place

Most of his writing in this book is dialogue, making it hard to find many technical words. Although I enjoy Hemingway writing as jake, the narrator of this "story" shall we call it. It reminds me of Nick in Gatsby.















-more than powerful






1. "The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck, and under the fierce conditions of life on the trail, it grew and grew." (pg. 19)


Buck evolves well to his environment and knows he must adapt to the extreme situations around him.


2. "Til now buck avoided trouble with his enemy, but this was too much. The beast in him roared. He sprang upon Spitz with a fury that surprised them both." (pg. 26)


Yah! about fricken time. Buck has been takin so much $h!t from spitz, and he finally showed him whats up. 


3. "Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion, the dominant primordial beast who had made his kill. "(pg. 49)


Buck is dominant. He is the primordial beast, and hes shown this. I look up to him and what he has done. Even though Buck is a dog, his smarts, heart, love and drive outweigh that of many men.  


4. "John Thornton asked little of man or nature. He was unafraid of the wild. With a handful of salt and a rifle, he could plunge into the wilderness wherever he pleased and for as long as he pleased.' (pg. 106)


I think that pretty well describes John Thornton. He has a gung-ho attitude, with a strong bond in his heart. john was bucks path to a new life.


5.  "The wolves swung in behind, yelping in chorus. and Buck ran with them, side by side with the wild brother, yelping as he ran." (pg. 124)


Buck ran with the team. He lived through them. He lived his life to the fullest, and loved to the fullest. His life was tremendously altered, and the events that he endured highlighted him through love, hate, terror and pain.


6.  "They were simply bags of bones, in which sparks of life faintly fluttered." (pg. 77)


This quote best describes all the dogs morale, and physical state. The utter pain and abuse the dogs suffered through was horrific. The dogs were simply bags of bones. They were pushed to the limit, by this ignorant self centered s.o.b, who knew nothing about dog sledding. Buck still had spark, but was beaten so bad he was unable to even move. He knew sooner or later he would die if in the hands of this maniac. Pushed nearly to death, Buck knew that by not getting up he stood up for himself, and all the other dogs on the team.  




  1. slovenly: untidy and careless in appearance
  2. slipshod: sloppy, or messily kept
  3. toil: strenuous labor; to work hard
  4. Whim: a sudden or capricous idea
  5. chivalrous: the qualities attributed to knighthood, such as fine manners, bravery, etc
  6. cajole: to press with repeated appeals; to wheedle by flattery
  7. forlorn: abandoned; wretched without hope
  8. gaunt: thin and bony; drawn, dreary,barren
  9. ramshackle: Rundowm, old
  10. traces: the reins and harness of the dogsled (slang)

Comments (17)

Colton W said

at 1:59 pm on Oct 5, 2008

I'm reading Call of the Wild. Casey recommended it, and i'm loving it so far.

Casey W said

at 2:20 pm on Oct 5, 2008

Top 5 for me. Beware, I cried.

paul bonnell said

at 9:57 pm on Oct 8, 2008

I remember reading this in high school. Something about London appeals to the anima. The wild calls through the walls and windows of artifice with which we have surrounded ourselves--namely modern "civilization."

Blake S said

at 9:21 am on Oct 12, 2008

balla quotes bra!.....other then you forgot to put an quotation mark on number one after the word grew.......Dude you had some tight catches at the game friday.

Tana S said

at 8:11 pm on Oct 13, 2008

Casey tried to persuade me to read this book, but I didn't listen. I think I changed my mind though so I will probably read this book next time!

Josie G said

at 8:28 am on Oct 14, 2008

ok, blake should never say balla and bra when describing quotes again and wait a min you actually read something jk lol:)

Emily P said

at 2:46 pm on Oct 14, 2008

humm....nice page

Casey W said

at 2:32 pm on Oct 15, 2008

You little smart thing. Puttin a pic of yourself, trying to set the appeal for this book to a higher standard, even though it doesn't need you. Call of the Wild is amazing, READ IT!!!

paul bonnell said

at 5:00 am on Oct 17, 2008

Ha, ha. You're right, Casey. The book doesn't need some fancy embedded video of howling wolves or photo op with Colton to elicit deep emotion or show us that we want ________________. Isn't this what you mean by "more than powerful," Colton? Some soul-cry erupts from the cores of our beings, some sort of wild call for freedom.

Keith A said

at 10:20 pm on Apr 19, 2009

I enjoyed reading your reflections concerning The Sun Also Rises. The quotes that you chose were aesome and were quite the thinkers. You are one profound dude, Colton.

Dylan S said

at 9:29 pm on May 31, 2009

What do you think it is about seeing nature in its purest form that gives you tingles? If seeing is simply just our receptors in our eyes sensing light and sending a message to our brain, than why do such strong emotions come from the sight of nature?

Dylan S said

at 9:31 pm on May 31, 2009

Why does the man holding the bike feel accomplished being at the top as opposed to living life in the low lands.

Colton W said

at 9:44 pm on May 31, 2009

Nature is the untouched purity of earth. Seeing triggers not only the physical response but relays memories, gives you adrenaline, creates fear. Sight feeds our emotions in various ways. It is more than just a message, but the grasp of reality. Take the Myrtle burn- massly desemated, blanketed by black charcoal. Our hearts sank to the sight, but in the winter our eyes bask upon untouched whiteness, creating hope.

Colton W said

at 9:54 pm on May 31, 2009

accomplished . I think he is holding the button if you know what I mean. He is at the top, the peak of reality. He is above all. Looking down mercellessly, he holds up his bike, the symbol for what he stands for. It is more than just a picture, but an idea of greatness, the purity of being at the top. The precibis between man and god. Many stay in the lowlands because they fear, or are too lazy to reach the top; that makes it that much more rewarding to get there.

Dylan S said

at 10:05 pm on May 31, 2009

do you even know what precibis means? My computer doesn't even register it as a word and underlines it with a dotted red line.

Dylan S said

at 10:11 pm on May 31, 2009

This reminds me of Bonnell bringing out a quote talking about someone reaching the mountain so they have seen the opposite view from the valley. It was impressive watching the myrtle burn from my deck because each tree would go up into flame fifty feet higher than the tree, (it looked like anyways) and be engulfed one by one. Even with our helicopters, planes, and fire trucks, we still have a sense being out of control when it comes to the powers of nature.

paul bonnell said

at 6:28 am on Jun 1, 2009

Yes. Every time I am in the remains of the burn I think of the flames surpassing the 70-foot Ponderosas! It's fun too to go up there in the spring ( I went up about a week ago) and see flowers and the lay of the land without the gentle undulations of the snowpack.

You must mean "precipice." Dang typos.

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