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am 11. Juni 1999
"The Everlasting Story Of Nory" In the novel, The Everlasting Story Of Nory, Nicholson Baker tells you the many different stories of the life of an eleven year old girl named Nory. The novel is fiction but in some scenes it seems as if it were not a story that was made up out of a person's imagination. There are many scenes where the young girl, Nory, talks about what she wants to do when she grew old. At an early age she decided that she wanted to become either an orthodontist or a popup book producer. She chose these because she loved the many different designs on her friends' retainers and she really liked to read and make her own popup books. At about the age of 9 her parents decided to move to England and she then thought if she did become an orthodontist she would make a fortune because of many of the people having horrible teeth. As she attended school in England she met a young girl who was very nice but nobody seemed to be very fond of her. For some unapparent reason the young girl, Pamela, was always picked on by her fellow classmates. Later in the novel the other people in Nory's grade level, who were about the same age as her told her not to be friends with Pamela because she wouldn't be very popular if she did. But Nory ignored this and was brave even when she was picked on and she always stood up for Pamela. At the end of the novel we find out that people begin to accept Pamela as a normal human being and it wasn't a bad thing to be her friend. One of the main strengths of this book is that it uses a wide range of vocabulary that is not used in American English too commonly. Another strength of the book was how much detail the author went into when he spoke about how Nory would write stories and he would include them so you can see first hand how great of a writer she was. One passage that really stuck to me was when the two young girls were together at the end of the school year waiting for their parents to pick them up from school and Pamela handed Nory a note that said "thank you for being my friend"(p. 226). for some reason this made me feel like Nory really made a difference in the life of Pamela because without her she would probably have had to deal with many more bullies. I would recommend this book to practically anyone. It was a great novel and it was not too long. It was only 226 pages and it is really interesting so you will probably be hooked on it as I was. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this novel a 9.5.