scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 617
BOOK REPORT DARKNESS AT NOON Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler is a fiction story which depicts the life of what appears to be a Bolshevik member during the revolutionary periods of Russia Although the author doesnt name the country where the story line takes place nor does he give real names its pretty obvious Koestler is writing about Russia Country of the Revolution Stalin Number One Lenin the old man with the slanting tartar eyes and the Revolutionary period of the late 1930s The main character N S Rubashov a victim of Stalins Number One rule of terror is imprisoned after being captured in an apartment building Rubashov is portrayed as a hard-core Party member who has served various years in other prisons and has learned about life through the hard knocks system Rubashov who at one time dedicated his life to the Party is now facing the irony of its pragmatism While in prison Rubashov learns there are other political prisoners being maintained in the cells next to him In particular prisoner number 402 and Rubashov carry on conversations by using the quadratic alphabet Darkness at Noon p 19 better known as wall tapping During Rubashovs interaction with the other prisoners Rubashov learns of how the prison system works and receives an understanding of the other prisoners background Rubashov spends the majority of his prison time reminiscing about his own encounter with the Party those who he influenced and those who he betrayed Rubashov is continuously smoking writing complaining of a sore tooth and fidgeting with his pince-nez Some of the major characters that Koestler concentrates on are Little Lowey a Dutch dockworker Richard Arlova Ivanov and Gletkin who eventually tortures Rubashov to the confession of a political crime that he possibly never committed Rubashov is deprived sleep forced to hear made-up testimony from an individual who hes never spoken with Rubashov eventually complies is tried and sentenced Although Koestler attempts
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA