Asturias Essay

This essay has a total of 455 words and 3 pages.


The novel, Asturias written by Brian Caswell holds its reputation with its relevance and
effectiveness to the given audience. It captures the audience¡¦s attention with a modern
story set in contemporary times. It addresses issues that concern today¡¦s youth with
l,Zve, hate, friendship, abuse, gay rights and betrayal. With the parallel story involved
with the civil war; it gives the audience an understanding of Australia¡¦s history and
how it changed and affected today.

Asturias concerns a group of adolescent youths, who are in search for fame and fortune.
They create a band where the actions of friends and family affect the outcome of the band.
Individual wants and needs, builds up tension, suspense, and dramatic moments to create a
climax at the conclusion of the novel.

Asturias revolves around 8 central characters; Alex, Chrissie, Tash, Marco, Tim, Claire,
Max and Symonds. Each character has different opinions and beliefs. They have all been
brought up differently. Alex was brought up under strong male influence, where family
bonds were strong. This is such a contrast to Marcos upbringing. Marco watched his
fathers¡¦ abusive actions and had a mother who never believed in him. Although each
character is so diverse, they all held one common aspect; their l,Zve for music. This is
what held the band so strongly together.
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