Lives on the Boundary

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Lives on the Boundary

Mike Rose's Lives on the Boundary is an Educational Autobiography. The book begins at the beginning of his life and we follow him up into his adult years. The book focuses on the "struggles and achievements of America's educationally underprepared" .
The Alien In order to understand Mike Rose, and his book Lives on the Boundary, you must first understand where Mike is coming from and examine his past. Mike was born to a first generation immigrant family, originally from Italy. He spent his early childhood in the mid-west and then in his latter childhood, parents not knowing any better, in East Los Angeles. Mike's father suffered from arteriosclerosis. Neither Mike's mother nor his father had completed high school
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Please bring your full attention to bear on the last three words of the last block quote, "a silent book". It was as if the books were talking to him and he was talking back to the books and to others about the books, they were no longer silent. Books were sparked to life by the inspirational teachings of an animated professor.
In the Trenches The third mentor of Mike's I would like to discuss is Dr. Ted Erlandson. Mike speaks about him in the text as someone who got in there with his pencil and worked on [his] style. He would sit [Mike] down next to him at his big desk, sweep books and pencils across the scratched veneer, and go back over the sentences he wanted [Mike] to revise.
Ted had a love for working with people one-on-one that he passed on to Mike. Ted would take the time to work with individual students on the small particulars of writing that give an author their flair or style. He wasn't afraid to get down in the trenches and get dirty with lead and eraser shavings. Ted was always making writing easy to understand by not using technical terms and trying not to confuse the situation. Ted realized that Mike had a talent for writing and helped him develop that even more. The last of Mike's mentors was another man who was not afraid to get down…