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How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife

This interesting story tells about a woman’s struggle as she tries to gain the worthiness needed to be accepted by her husband’s family. The story is set in Nacreban, where the husband lives.

In the story, Leon and Maria, the wife, face many challenges along the way, including the passing in the so-called “Waig” instead of the “Camino Real” or the paved road. But in the end of the story, both lovers overcome these trials when they reached Leon’s family house.

As a reader, this story shows how ture love can surmount all challenges. And as in the case for some women, this story shows how to adjust to their husbands’ rural lifestyle.

As one of the many stories, this story is very unique because it accurately describes Maria’s ways of adjusting to Leon’s hometown. It also has a very powerful impact on the essences of love because it shows that a person from the urban area can be somehow compatible with a partner from the rural area.

Overall, this story can be enjoyable to read over and over until the reader captures the very thought of the story. It serves as an inspiration for many, and for future generations to come.

– Yuri Nabkov –

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  1. Maliver A. Gaas
    August 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

    The expression of thoughts were very clear. If I were someone who did not yet read the story, I would really read it for sure with that given criticism.

    Overall, I really liked the opinions expressed and wish nothing else but to read more of it. I would really be glad to read a more lengthy criticism.
    Congratulations to Mr. Yuri Nabkov!

  2. ian lanz s. mangrubang
    August 11, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This short summary of the story is good but it lacks content. It does not give more detail on what are the other challenges the lovers overcame, their journey together to get to Nagrebcan, the description of each character in the story but the summarization or condensation of the story was great and overall a job well done to the blogger.

  3. Diana Faith C. Julian - 9Diamond
    August 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

    As a reader of this criticism i am also updated and i know what that story talks about.I find that this cristicism made by YURI NABKOV is great he utilized simple words and he tells the clear and the true meaning or what the story is really into,For me he should have wrote more that tells about what is the ending of the story and what happened after they pass through the paved road , if the woman ( maria ) has been accepted by the man’s family ( noel’s family ) and about Baldo ( the brother of Noel ) the one who have seen everything , how thus he feel.

  4. Diana Faith C. Julian - 9Diamond
    August 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

    As a reader of this criticism i am also updated and i know what that story talks about.I find that this cristicism made by YURI NABKOV is great he utilized simple words and he tells the clear and the true meaning or what the story is really into,For me he should have wrote more that tells about what is the ending of the story and what happened after they pass through the paved road , if the woman ( maria ) has been accepted by the man’s family ( noel’s family ) and about Baldo ( the brother of Noel ) the one who have seen everything , how thus he feel. Diana Julian

  5. August 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Jorene Lei S. Cabrera

    “My Critiques”

    -It is true that the story “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife” is interesting. However…

    ● The story is not originally about the woman, it is about the man(Leon) who comes home to his province to introduce his wife from the city to his family.

    ● The woman(Maria) doesn’t really struggle enough, she must have spend her energy and effort if she did really struggle.

    ● She doesn’t really tried hard to gain the worthiness from her husband’s family because she was not even aware that she has been tested by her husband’s father.
    ● Leon and Maria didn’t really face many challenges along their way, the challenges were just simple and not hard enough to test Maria.
    ●The story doesn’t really teaches women to adjust their husband’s rural life, it only teaches them to adjust rural life in the “ROAD” and not the whole life.
    ●The story was not unique enough for me because some stories have the same thought as this.
    ●It doesnt really matter to the people if their love ones is from the urban or rural area as long as they love each other
    ●The story was not really inspiring, perhaps it inspires people to marry or have a wife/husband from a rural areas…

  6. Castante, Vince Marie 9-Diamond
    August 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I really agree that this is an interesting story. Some of the thoughts given by said author of this selection, “Yuri Nabkov” were great and the word used fits the selection and it didn’t used any poetic phrase, that would make students hard to understand.
    But some of the sentences where plainly said and there’s some recurrence of ideas on every stanzas, even it doesn’t recur the same words, it repeated the same thoughts in different manner.
    Nonetheless, because I already read the story “How did my brother Leon brought home a wife,” I agree to what the persona said that this is an interesting, unique and enjoyable story that will really captures students and readers to read and serves as their inspiration in life…

  7. Adorabelle M. Pelayo 9-Diamond
    August 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The good things that I like about that story review, is the writer(the one who criticized)he or she uses good and deep words and he or she briefly explained everything, even without reading the story you already know how did it started and how was the ending end. And the bad thing is that for me as a reader I want the writer to put some thrill even it’s a story review.

  8. August 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I would like to comment on the positive side first. I like the way how he used creative words to come up with this story review. His answer is just a short one yet very precise and straight to the point. The essence of the story is there and we can clearly understood what he is trying to point out.
    But i slightly disagree on how he evaluated the trials in the story. He should have enumerated some of the trials that the father had put up to test his daughter-in-law. That was only my observation. But overall, the story review was a good one.

  9. Fatima Areedz T. Abduraup
    August 14, 2010 at 1:50 am

    The person behind this did come up with a good interpretation. The clarity of thoughts was shown. He criticized the story “How my brother Leon brought home a wife” in a definite way. He uses words that are appropriate to use. Thus, by his good critisicms, he made the readers to be interested in reading the said story.

  10. ischoolsjasemabdurahman
    August 14, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Jasem Bin Jaimar E. Abdurahman

    This criticism can’t be fully understood by us.Why?Because all of the critics are for maria.He must also say something about the other characters.He did not talk about leon and the other characters.He should also criticized the writing technique and how did the author came up with that tittle.

    But still he criticized the story verywell and if you had read already read the story you can fully understand this criticism.

  11. Rica Valerie Lu
    August 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

    YURI NAVKOB’S work is good.He was able to convey the idea of the story.His story review also helps the readers to understand the selection “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife”.Well,Yuri was able to utilizes simple word.He showed creative writing and use techniques that Nmade his review a good one.

  12. Fatima Alyanna R. Ingkoh [9-Diamond]
    August 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I love the story criticism he made. He utilized simple words but indeed it was still clear. Even though it’s just a short one, it made the readers interesting about it and he also used detailed expressions to make it very clear. And indeed, this story criticism is a very good one.

  13. Shanna Jenn J. Alvarez ( 9-DIAMOND)
    August 15, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I like how Yuri Navkob summarized the story and it is indeed splendid.The whole story review is just simple, but as you ponder it, it makes the reader more interesting about it.He also uses some expressions that can hardly be understood and it really challenge the readers.It is nearly perfect, for me.But there is still lacking, he didn’t enumerate some challenges that maria and noel experienced like, the feelings of the father for maria and the friendship of noel and moning.But the story is still wonderful and amazing.

  14. Fatin kalayakan
    August 15, 2010 at 4:49 am

    He made a good choice in choosing a story.Even though he didn’t explain further about the story he was able to explain how did the story end and how did maria successfully prove herself to be worth it to be the wife of Noel.We can fully understand how did the story happen with the simple words he use.Even though its a short criticism it a very good one.

  15. Lindcae Anne C. Macaso [9Diamond]
    August 15, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Yuri Navkob did a great job. He utilized simple yet creating words which made readers interested in this story. But I think he should elaborate more on what are the challenges that Leon’s father prepared to test the worthiness of Maria as Leon’s wife. And he should also provided the theme of the the story.
    Overall, I believe that the story review made by Yuri was indeed a good one

  16. Darwisa Alano
    August 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    The summary of the story is good.The expression of thoughts are clear.But YURI NABKOV didn’t give more details about the story.He just mention where the couple passed by.He didn’t even mention the other characters of the story specially Baldo.But overall,It is still interesting even though it lacks content…

  17. Sophia Raya A. Lukman
    August 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    The author criticized the story in simple words but the readers could understand it clearly and they can picture out how the story started and how it ended but I think he should have include more about the challenges that Maria and Leon experienced while they were on their way to Nagrebcan. But the story criticism made by Yuri is a good one.

  18. Raemar Anthony G.(9-Dianmond)
    August 17, 2010 at 4:30 am

    The expression of thoughts are clear ,and the way he summarized the story is great. But, the content of the work is not that much.I think Yuri must elaborate or exemplify in some of the ideas in his work, so that it will be better and can be understand fully. And in his work, he only did talk about Maria. He can also describe the characteristics of the other characters.

    Over all, the work of Yuri is a good one.

  19. Kevin Clark D. Legaspi(9-diamond)
    August 17, 2010 at 9:08 am

    The summary of the story was quite okay. Even though I read the whole story, the story is very easily to understand, the idea is still there and good grammar. I want to tell that it still lack of information about the theme of the story. Nevertheless, the summary was done well.

  20. ischoolscristybongcaron
    August 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Cristy G. Bongcaron

    I Appreciate much on the way Yuri Nabkov, made a short review the story “How my brother leon brought home a wife.”
    The story doesn’t become interesting as nabkov claims because a woman’s struggle to be accepted in her husband’s family is not confined in the story. there are many stories to be told about a woman’s struggle for acceptance which pervades in every fabric of society. If we reverse a portion of the story, woman from the rural area who marries a man from the urban area, may also struggle for acceptance.

    Lastly, the story is not inspiring for many and future generations because nabkov’s story review doesn’t tell about some important characteristics of a woman to be totally accepted in her future husband’s family.

  21. Charlene Flor R. Somblingo [9-Diamond]
    August 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

    It was good because as a reader I can fully understand what he or she is trying to interpret in just one reading maybe it’s also because I’m already done in reading this story. And as a reader and critic I was also able to understand its moral lesson.
    It was just good for me because I think that when people who is unfamiliar with this selection will read the story review “How my brother Leon brought home a wife”, they can’t understand it in the sense that there is no further explanation on what had happen in the story and how she really passed all the test and prove how worthy she is to live in the rural area and be a part of their family.

  22. Aseya Khadija R. Calo [9-DIAMOND]
    August 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, Yuri Nabkov made a good story review on the selection “How my Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife”. Though he did not elaborate further on the context of the story, the main idea was visible and clear. He was able to stress out the moral of the story – how true love can surmount everything. With this, I think we can conclude or assume the ending of the story.

    I would also like to point out that there are errors in spelling in his criticism. As an advice to Yuri, please check your work before publishing it.

    I am looking forward to other works/criticisms made by Yuri.

  23. ischoolshazelcovarrubias
    August 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I would agree with Yuri Nabkov when he said…

    ●That the story is interesting.
    ● The story shows how true love can surmount all challenges.
    ●It has a powerful impact on the essence of love.
    ● And the story is unique and it also serves as an inspiration for many.


    ● Yuri Nabkov focused on criticizing Maria.Yuri must expound more about how Leon brought home a wife.Besides the story does not only revolve around Maria.
    ●The story wasn’t even about a woman’s struggle it is all about how Leon brought home a wife.
    ●The challenges Yuri was trying to say was never a burden or even a challenge to Maria and Leon.Instead this things made their trip a huge fun.
    ●When they reached Leon’s family house the trials never really ended.Because when they reached home,Maria should still gain the trust of Leon’s family.
    ●The story became unique not just because it accurately describes Maria’s way of adjusting to Leon’s hometown.It is also because of the unique plot and setting that gives the reader a greater view of the province and the way of life in the said place.

    Yuri was able to express the story.And it also encourages those people who haven’t read the story yet.Overall,Yuri Nabkov did a great job.

  24. Fatima Eleajar K. Jubail (9-Diamond)
    August 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

    The story review he made was great, but somehow it lacks some substance. Like, some part of the story were not elaborated further. He did not mention for who was the point of view in the said story. It is concise when it talks about its content. And for over all rating, it is great.

  25. Fatima Zhahra T. Urao {9-Diamond}
    August 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Yuri Navkob’s work is good for me.He criticized the story “How my brother Leon brought home a wife”in a different way.He used utilized simple words,he also used expressions to make it very clear.He observed the grammar idea and the readers can picture out what is the story all about.

    Above all,i like the way he did,it is interesting.

  26. Aira A. Tose
    August 21, 2010 at 3:10 am

    This story is really wonderful.The criticism done was brief and understandable.
    However there were informations that were not stated.Like the narrator of the story as well as the theme which I find important and essential in a story review.
    But for someone who was able to read the story,the review that was done is wonderful and encouraging.

  27. August 21, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Shaira Edding

    I was satisfied with the work of Yuri Nabkov because he was able to came up with a short and understandable story review. There are no errors in grammars and spellings (I believe that the word “ture” was just a typographical error). However, it does not captivate the attention of the readers. The idea was just repeated thus, it became dull and the thoughts are lacking so, it should be elaborated further.

  28. August 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Shaira Edding

    I was satisfied with the work of Yuri Nabkov because he was able to came up with a short but nice story review. There are no errors in grammar and spelling (I believe that the word “ture” was just a typographical error). However, it does not captivate the attention of the readers. The idea was just repeated thus, it became dull and the thoughts are lacking; it should be elaborated further so, the readers of the story review will be interested in reading, “How my brother Leon brought home a wife”.

  29. August 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    The story criticism made by Yuri Nabkov was expressed clearly. It was well coordinated and the flow of ideas went smoothly. However, I would like to point out some loopholes of the story criticism.

    The exposition of the story was not that good. As a person who already read the story, I did not see the introduction of other essential characters like Baldo, Leon’s younger Brother. Another thing is that I want to read more of his criticism. The length of his criticism must be added because I felt “hanging” in the end. I want to read more about it.

    After mentioning all those things, I have nothing more to ask for of what Mr. Yuri Nabkov made. The ideas presented was vivid and I can really feel the emotion felt when his writing the criticism- delighted and enlightened. The criticism was unique in a way that it is simple. Its simplicity brought it up to the pedestal. The words used was plain language yet the ideas created was purely art.

    I congratulate Mr. Yuri Nabkov for a job well done!

  30. Nafieza S. Mohammad
    August 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Indeed it is true.. Love surpasses all odds and true love means accepting each other for who and what they really are and loving them in spite of the differences in culture, beliefs, fate and views in life. When you truly love someone, you love not only the “good” in the person but the “bad” side as well.

    And in the generation today, this kind of relationships do exist. However sad it may be, most relationships similar to the story of “How Leon Brought Home A wife” they don’t make it. This story therefore is something they should read so they can reflect and learn from it and maybe just maybe, we can all accept that it’s time we set aside are differences and just let LOVE rule.

  31. August 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    NACREBAN, this was not the name of the place where the couples will stay. Its NAGREBCAN. For me, as a reader, the writer should have put some quotations or anything that may struck our attention. Yes it may be striking but it is lacking. The writer often mentioned Maria, her attitude and the way she deal with the things as they were passing Waig. He should also mention some of the character aside from Maria.
    The review is very concise, coherent and the grammar is good. The writer used very good words that is easy to understand or to comprehend.
    He used comparisons which is good as a literary technique. Also, he is writing sentences that can convince the readers to read the story.

    God Bless!

  32. August 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Yuri Nabcov’s story review was really good for me.Why? There are a lot of reasons why I really appreciate this story review much. First of all, its conciseness, the story review of Yuri Nabcov was very concise,all the information needed by the readers is already there that may also give to the readers a vivid picture of how the story was. He uses less words but has bounty of meanings. Second was its correctness. He properly observed at the grammar, punctuations and the spelling of the words used by him. Third was its coherence to the topic. He did make sure that his goal in writing his story review would be achieved. And last but not the least, was his creativity in writing the the story review for the readers would be interested to read it.
    He did use words that are creative in the minds of the readers for he’s goal was to give the readers a clear picture about the story. Yuri Nabcov’s story review about “How did my brother Leon brought home a wife” really amazed and fascinated me. But in some instances , I was unsatisfied about how Yuri created his story review. I suggest that Yuri should do further research in creating a story review to make his future works more interesting and satisfying to the readers. Thank you and God Bless!

  33. August 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Characters and Role:
    The main characters of the story, “How my brother Leon brought home a wife?” were well represented. Yuri Nabkov included what was the goal of Maria (one of the characters), giving the readers of his work, a sneak preview on their minds on how the story goes. The way he took note of the setting of the story was satisfying. He used descriptive words so that readers could visualize on how would a rural place look like, (if one hasn’t been to a rural place yet).

    Writing Techniques:
    He did not use any particular Writing Technique. I think he only kept in mind that his criticism should just be right. What do I mean by the word “right”? Right in the sense that, when one reads his work, he/she would not have a hard time to understand. He also made sure that the idea of each paragraph flows naturally unto the next. Therefore, not destroying the very thought of his work.

    His work wasn’t that unique because he utilized simple words, and ideas. Which was also good, so that reader’s could appreciate his work more. Overall, if i would be rating Yuri Nabkov’s work, i would give it a 7 over 10.

  34. Princess Shaira A. Nuño (9 - Diamond)
    August 24, 2010 at 9:56 am

    This short narrative tells us of man in the person of Leon who have taken a wife coming from the urban area. Leon comes from Nacreban, a small village in Narbone,France near the Mediteranean sea. The story informed us of the girl Maria , leon’s wife great effort to deal with challenges, problems and difficulties having a husband whose family come from rural area,a community outside the city.
    In the coursed of this challenge Maria tried to prove her worthiness as wife in a polite manner and behavior despite windy or unpleasant conditions. But in the end she was able to overcome defficulties when they reach final destination.
    This prose tells us that when love is true and real no matter what the obstacle in life is, you can surmount or conquer problem and difficulties successfully. The wife, Maria was able adjust to her husband rural manner of living, the way of life characteristic of the community, group and culture.While the author have not shown us the readers, how Maria was able to manifested her acceptability and praiseworthiness.Yuri Nabkov,likewise has not revealed to us or shown clearely that make something evident by showing or demonstrating it very clearly the way something is done or happen.This story only proved and manifest that a person/s no matter what he is, the color of the skin or where he came from, either from rural or urban areas, they can confortably, harmoniously able to exist, live or work together without conflict.All it takes is love,patience and understanding.As saying goes,”Amore Vincit” Love Conquers All, quoting local saying” Amor con amor sepaga” Love begets Love.
    Like many other beautiful short stories, I find this is only one.The author made a unique,and limited presentation of somebody or something. Being the only one of a kind, it is limited to a particular person only, with limit imposed, it comes in form of restriction. It is special too, it is different from either in a way that person/s or something special and worthy to note and this is Maria and Leon.

  35. Glyndale Garcia (9-Diamond
    August 24, 2010 at 11:40 am

    41. I agree that the story is interesting. But the way the writer criticized the story seemed lacking. He could have at least gave a few description of the place where Leon and his wife was going instead of just naming the place.
    The struggles and challenges which were supposed to have happened on their way home were not vividly described to be able to entice the readers to read it more.
    The story was more about the the couple’s experience on their way to the husband’s hometown rather than the woman’s struggle to adjust to her husband’s lifestyle(life in the rural area).

  36. Chazee Ong
    August 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Mr.Abubakar should use figurative language next time to make it better. And next time he should use more complex words for his works.

  37. Danielle Sta Teresa
    August 29, 2010 at 1:18 am

    The story review of Yuri Nabkov was simple but brief. Although it already summarize the whole story he was not able to describe every moment that describes how sweet and happy Leon and Maria were. The story review lack an impact to me as a reader for he used simple words. Overall the story review is fantastic because the story was long but he was able to shorten it to his own simple words.. 🙂

  38. JA
    July 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Describe Maria and her ways?

    How did noel prepare maria in going to the countryside and meet his family?

    How did the family prepare for their coming?

    • July 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

      This seems to be a homework. Sorry, I do not provide assistance as such. Yet, I hope that the site will help you in finding the material you need to do your assignment

  39. Maria Gemma Abdula
    July 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This Summary may help my studies in english so thank you for your blog ! Keep up the good work !

    • July 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      I am glad to find out that there are people liking the blog. Much thanks.

    • September 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Thanks…Will soon provide stories that are new and difficult to find even over the net.

  40. kim yo won
    July 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    it helps a lot im my project!!!!!!!!

    • July 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      Thank God that eve at the very least this blog helps you guys and gals out there. It is good to know that there are people getting something from this blog. I am happy and I appreciate so much your comment. Thanks for taking time to do so. Hope to serve you well still.

  41. August 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    elements of the story “how my brother leon brought home a wife”

  42. August 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    what is the elements of the story i mean on how my brother leon brought home a wife

  43. Jen
    February 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The blogger simply wanted her reader to get a hint of the story so don’t rely too much to others to do your homework. Because you cannot appreciate a story unless you read it by heart and mind.
    I liked the way the blogger appreciate the content of the story without spoiling so much details that will ruin someone’s interest to appreciate it themselves! Bravo! 🙂

    • September 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

      How wonderful it is to find people who have the heart to appreciate essences of things. Thank you so much.

  44. gfg
    September 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    What are the 6 challenges/tests by Leon’s family to Maria? I hope someone can answer this now. ^^

    • September 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Read the story and find out. This way is much better than simply finding out the answer to your question. Such practice defeats the purpose of reading good stories. You may get answers from others, but be robbed of the joy of reading and the excitement of the tale.Sorry. Although some people answered your question, I filtered the same. Hope you understand.

  45. ann
    July 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

    why do you think that the first father ask is “did you meet anybody on the way”?

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