A WINDOW ON THE UNIVERSE

8 04 2009

 

Nine science-fiction stories by some of the best-known writers of the genre, who offer some thought-provoking possibilities.

Read it and comment on all of the stories or simply on one of them, saying what it or they have made you think, what feelings they have provoked in you or whatever you may deem interesting!!!

All your comments will help us to analyse this book and its stories in depth and will constitute an interesting point of departure for our lesson devoted to the book.

So come on, I am dying to read all your comments!!!!!





AUDIOBOOKS

12 02 2009

Look at what I found the other day surfing on the net!!!!

Apparently, there are lots of websites where you can download legally and for free books in English. These are some of the most interesting ones:

http://www.audiobooksforfree.com

http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/

http://www.oculture.com/2006/10/audio_book_podc.html

http://www.audiolibra.com/free.html





“DUBLIN PEOPLE”- A COMMENT ON THIS BOOK

20 01 2009

Everyone has a personal story of how a book gets to oneself at a particular moment, so I am going to tell you mine.

I had already read “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” not long ago, so I profited that my school teacher had asked us to read the book “Dublin People” to talk about it here.  At first, most of my classmates said that they would use the typical knack: downloading a summary about the book from the Internet. However, I don’t know if I may not be considered cool, but I prefered to read the novel instead.

I love reading books, it is one of my favourite hobbies. I can´t stop reading a book till I finish it, it is my way to relax and forget everything around me.

To be honest, I am not used to reading English books unless teachers orders us to do it, but “Dublin People” can be considered a good way to spend some of your free time.

There are two current stories represented in it: the first one is based on a girl who had been living all her life in a small village in Ireland, and now she wants to make her way into a multi-faceted city like Dublin. The second one is about an ex-alcoholic man whose wife and children feel neglected, so abandon him. His wife is prepared to ive him a second chance, but there are some bad habits that may be too difficult to give up.

I recommend this book to everybody who wants to know how you would feel in one of those situations, since life isn´t always easy. 

It is an educational book  that noone can miss out.  

By Natalia





“ALL I WANT” BY MARGARET JOHNSON

14 01 2009

I haven´t read the “The boy in the striped pyjamas”, so I´ve decided to write something about another book I read some time ago. The title is “All I want” by Margaret Johnson.

The plot of the book is about a young women. Alex is a thirty- year old art gallery assistant and she is in love with her boss. Everyday she goes to work with a big smile, because she is going to spend a good time with her boss, Brad.

One day an incident happens at the art gallery, as a consequence Alex and Brad have to spend some days at Brad´s country house.  At this time Alex tries to kiss Brad, and she wants to marry him and have his babies. This is her opportunity to impress Brad but nothing seems to go the way she planned.

Obviously a perfect man dosen´t exist, and Alex gradually discovers that Brad is a different man, he is a very selfish person, so she realises that she has fallen in love with an imaginary man.

A surprise guest and a Christmas party help Alex to discover what she really, really wants:she is in love with Barry, her old boyfriend.

So this book makes you wonder what real love is.

By Germán





“MOMO” BY MICHAEL ENDE

13 01 2009

I had just read the book “The boy in the striped pyjamas” in Spanish, so I decided to read Momo instead. Momo speaks about a young girl who has a fantastic quality, her listening capacity. She can change the heart of people with just some minutes of attention.
Since she doesn’t have any parents, a neighbour in the village adopts her. But they are attacked by some strange foreign men who want to control time. They are called grey men. The time that the people in Earth don’t use for being happy is kept and transformed in cigarettes by those people. Momo, with her special gift, is the only person in the world that can avoid the end of our lives.
Momo is one of the most typical books of Michael Ende, who becomes famous for the “Neverending Story”. He is my favorite writer. He always writes with a mixture between reality and fiction. He talks about fantastic worlds but this is only the excuse for sending a critical message about our lifestyles. He thinks that our society has lost the authentic values.
On the other hand, as the book is written for young people it is easier to read for English students. You don’t need the dictionary all the time and you can enjoy the test. I encourage you to read it.

By Inma





THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

11 12 2008

 I hope that some of you have already started, if not finished, the book “The boy in the striped pyjamas”. I do really think it is such a great book that, once you open it, you will not stop until you have finished it, and even then, yout will probably need some time to recover from the shock.

I am dying to hear all your comments! You can talk of the parts you have liked better, you can include references to other books that you find interesting, or even comment on the similarities and differences with the film (It is always interesting to compare the both of them). The more comments there are, the better we will all be able to understand the whole book, so come on, what are you waiting for to start writing about it?