By The Waters Of Babylon

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" By the Waters of Babylon " When writing a story many people may use a a way of setting a storydescribing it one way and at first when you read it you just read all of the settingsit turns out to be a different setting. " The Waters of Babylon " by Stephen Vincent Bene't, is a great example of how many settings might be one total different from what you thought.

The story is about a young boy on his journey to become a priest, like his father. Eventually he grownups of age and it is time for him to take his journey to the gods. The whole story is of this boy trying to make his way into becoming a priest like his father. The story takes place I would guess in the future but the people in the future are living in small villages as if the were living hundreds of years in the past.

Him and his father do all kinds of stuff together so that John will learn how to become a priest when he gets older. They go to places that would normally be forbidden from the normal people, they go to these places to find metals and other tools and stuff that will help them live. When John goes on his journey he describes places like pieces of metal all over the place and what I think they really are is cars or houses. He also describes a great river named Ou-dis-sun, which I think is a harbor or something. The last thing he describes is something called ASHING, but I think it is the Statue Of Liberty. So that would mean his journey took him to New York City. That is an example of how the author writes the setting as something else that is not what it is.

I think that I like the story how it is. If it just told you where he is just strait out it would have not left any mystery to the story and it would have been boring. It is great how the author left you to think where in the world could he be.