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Isabel reviews Man from the South

This is a story from ‘Man from the South and other stories’ byRoald Dahl. It’s a mixture of unrelated stories but with something in common – all of them have a moral.

Man from the South is about a strange old man who was spending time by the hotel’s swimming-pool. There, he met a young sailor and proposed him to make a bet.  If the sailor could light his lighter ten times without any mistakes, he would win the old man’s Cadillac, but if he failed, he would lose one of his fingers. The guy accepted it, but when they were finishing the game, a woman appeared and made them stop. She said she owned the Cadillac and the man had no money because she had won it all from him. Then she showed her hand with only one finger.

As for the characters, they are very different. The old man is strange, mysterious and he has a problem with bets. The sailor is a typical young man who doesn’t like to lose at anything. We don’t have a lot of details about the narrator.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the story. The moral of the story is related to the sin of avarice. In this case, if you are too greedy you will lose a lot of fingers! All of the stories from the book have the same end: a moral. I think that it is interesting to read something you learn from, or at least you think about. What I like the most about this book is that when I finished each story, I stopped for a while and started to think about all the story, realising that all the little details have a sense. I also loved ‘The Landlady’ and ‘Beware of the Dog’.

Finally I would recommend this book to everybody, above all ‘The Landlady’ and ‘Beware of the Dog’, because it has different short stories with different and amazing plots, and if you don’t like one of them, I am sure that you will prefer the next.

May 30, 2011 Posted by | 2nd INT, BOOKS | Leave a comment

Laura reviews Luka and the Fire of Life

Title: Luka and the Fire of Life

Author: Salman Rushdie

Genre: adventures

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

 

 

 

The novel Luka and the Fire of Life was written by Salman Rushdie who is an Indian-British novelist and essayist. He is the author of ten novels, four works of non-fiction, and a collection of short stories.” Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent and his style is often classified as magical realism mixed with historical fiction. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the centre of a major controversy, drawing protests from Muslims in several countries”

 

PLOT

“On a beautiful starry night in the city of Kahani in the land of Alifbay a terrible thing happened: Luka’s storyteller father, Rashid, fell suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one could wake him up. To save him from slipping away, Luka must embark on a journey through the Magic World, encountering a slew of phantasmagorical obstacles along the way, to steal the Fire of Life, a dangerous task”

 

CHARACTERS

Luka Khalifa is the main character of the book; he’s a twelve year old boy, who is going to save his dying father. He is the person who tells the story. He is brave and intelligent.

 

Rashid Khalifa, Luka’s father, is the legendary story teller of Kahani, and is also known as the Shah of Blah and the Ocean of Notions. He fell into an eternal sleep caused by Aag as revenge for being cursed by Luka.

Bear, the singing dog, is actually Barak of the It-Barak, the immortal dog-men changed into dogs by a Chinese curse. He is Luka’s faithful protector and pet. He sacrifices his immortality to destroy Nobodaddy.

Dog, the dancing bear, who is a normal bear that loves Luka. He invented a story saying he was cursed like Bear to impress Luka, but it was false. He is Luka’s protector.

Nobodaddy is a  phantom who wants to consume Rashid Khalifa’s life force. He joins Luka initially to steal the Fire of Life. But he betrays them to the Aalim and is thrown into space by Prometheus.

Soraya, the Insultana of Ott, the seventeen year-old girl with green eyes and red hair. She has the flying carpet Resham of King Solomon. She helps Luka steal the Fire by helping him get to it and escaping the World of Magic.

The Aalim. They know everything and are the Ultimate Guardians of the Fire. They rule over the World of Magic.

Captain Aag, the owner of the Great Rings of Fire circus. He is very angry most of the time. He is the responsible for cursing Rashid Khalifa into eternal sleep.

Prometheus, the original Fire thief, is the brother of Aag. He helps Luka escape from the World of Magic to save his father.

Coyote, a Fire thief who helps Luka steal the fire. He distracts the Gods to help Luka.

Haroun Khalifa, Luka’s older brother who went on an adventure similar to Luka’s eighteen  years before. He is a very kind older brother and he and Luka often get along very well.

Soraya Khalifa, Luka’s mother, who is very kind. She accepts the existence of the Magic World when both her sons and her husband believe in it.

PERSONAL OPINION

I really enjoyed the book; it was an exciting and entertaining story. Luka moves between the mythological and the contemporary, he meets gods and goddesses and then he follows the rules of the videogame (which?).

I recommend the book because it’s a beautiful fable, well-written, imaginative and wonderful. Although it’s difficult to read it because it contains too much narrative and there are lots of different adjectives.

May 30, 2011 Posted by | 2nd INT, BOOKS | Leave a comment

LIST OF COMPULSORY BOOKS, 2ND YEAR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Choose one of the books in the list and write a review in about 200- 250 words.

Walker, Carolyn, Deadly Harvest,Cambridge English Readers Level 6

Maley, Alan, He Knows Too Much, Cambridge English Readers Level 6

Battersby, Alan, This Time it’s Personal, Cambridge English Readers Level 6

Harmer, Jeremy, Trumpet Voluntary, Cambridge English Readers Level 6

MacLean, Alistair, retold by Margaret Naudi, Night Without End, Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 6

Dahl, Roald, Man from the South and Other Stories, PENGUIN READERS LEVEL 6

BOOK REVIEW STRUCTURE

Introduction: general comments about the book 

 

Title, author and kind of book (adventure, mystery, detective, romance, horror…)
 

Plot: a brief summary of what happens

You want to tell what the story ismostly about. What is the main event or conflict? What things lead up to it? Whathappens as a result? 

 

Characters: briefly describe and comment on the main characters 

 

What are they like?
 

Other information: anything else important that you want to say about the book

Did you like the story? 

What was the best part of the book?

How did the story make you feel?

Did you feel different things at different points in the story?

What new things did you learn from this book?

 

Conclusion: include your personal recommendations here

Would you recommend this book? Why (not)? 

Would you read other books by this author?

You can read more about writing a book review below:

January 25, 2011 Posted by | 2nd INT, BOOKS, Reading | 2 Comments

LIST OF COMPULSORY BOOKS, 2ND YEAR BASIC LEVEL

Choose one of the books in the list and write a review in about 150-175 words.

MacAndrew, Richard, A Puzzle for Logan,Cambridge English Readers Level 3

Hill, David A., How I Met Myself,Cambridge English Readers Level 3

Loader, Mandy, Eye of the Storm,Cambridge English Readers Level 3

Naylor, Helen, Two Lives,Cambridge English Readers Level 3

Levin, Ira, The boys from Brazil,Penguin Readers Level 4

BOOK REVIEW STRUCTURE

Introduction: general comments about the book 

 

Title, author and kind of book (adventure, mystery, detective, romance, horror…)
 

Plot: a brief summary of what happens

You want to tell what the story ismostly about. What is the main event or conflict? What things lead up to it? Whathappens as a result? 

 

Characters: briefly describe and comment on the main characters 

 

What are they like?
 

Other information: anything else important that you want to say about the book

Did you like the story? 

What was the best part of the book?

How did the story make you feel?

Did you feel different things at different points in the story?

What new things did you learn from this book?

 

Conclusion: include your personal recommendations here

Would you recommend this book? Why (not)? 

Would you read other books by this author?

You can read more about writing a book review below:

January 25, 2011 Posted by | BASIC, BOOKS, Reading | Leave a comment

1st INT – Murder by Art, chapters 1-3

Hello,
I hope you have had a good Christmas holiday to rest and enjoy yourselves. Have you also had some time to start reading the book Murder by Art? I do hope so too, because I have some questions for you to answer so that we can check and comment on them next Monday 11th.
See you in class on Monday!

Murder by Art Janet McGiffin

1. How are the characters in chapters 1 to 3 related to Dr Maxine Cassidy and to one another?
Shirley
Detective Grabowski
Dr Leo Hochstedder
Lillian Hochstedder
Hellen Mueller
Louie
Soren Berendorf
Wyoming Syzinski
Rolondo
Rosa Jones
Latoya Thompson

2. Where did Maxine go after leaving Mercy Hospital? Who did she go with? Why did they go there?
3. One of the sculptures at the Art Space exhibition was called Musical Chairs. What was it like? What happened to this sculpture?

January 8, 2010 Posted by | 1st INT, BOOKS, Reading | Leave a comment

Writing about The Sugar Glider

These are the other comments on The Sugar Glider that you most liked reading. Thank you to all of you for collaborating, first by writing the comments and secondly by choosing the ones that most appealed to you.

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May 10, 2009 Posted by | BOOKS, STUDENTS' CORNER | Leave a comment

74 Years on the Matterhorn, by Ricardo 2ºI-NI

Ricardo has written this article from the point of view of Clare, the main character in this story of human interest: In the Shadow of the Mountain.

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April 24, 2009 Posted by | BOOKS, STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | Leave a comment

The Sugar Glider

As I told you in class, these are the questions you  have to answer about this year’s compulsory book for 1st year Intermediate students.

Choose one question from each of the three groups (about 300 words total) and send them to me at my usual email address.

Remember the deadline  for sending your work is 19 April.

Talking about The Sugar Glider

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March 24, 2009 Posted by | BOOKS, Reading, Writing | Leave a comment

Compulsory reading, 2ºI-NI

Below you can see the front cover of next term’s compulsory book: In the Shadow of the Mountain, by Helen Naylor, Cambridge English Readers, Level 5.

intheshadowofthemountain

Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. A tragic love story is uncovered as journalist Clare Crowe goes to Switzerland to bring home a relative’s body. Clare’s grandfather has been found frozen in a glacier, 74 years after a climbing accident. Clare knows this could make an interesting story for her newspaper, but as she investigates her grandfather’s last climb, she learns that the accident wasn’t as simple as she had first thought.


December 21, 2008 Posted by | BOOKS, Reading | Leave a comment

Compulsory reading, 1ºE, 1ºI, 1ºL -NI

This the front cover of the book you’ll have to read during the rest of the year The Sugar Glider, by Rob Neilsen, Cambridge English Readers, level 5.

the-sugar-glider

I mentioned in class that the title of the book was the name of the plane you can see in the picture, and that the aircraft was named like that after a quite peculiar animal. Andrés Moreno, 1ºL-NI, has sent us this interesting, clear and visually attractive document with information about the animal. Read it and you will understand why that plane is called The Sugar Glider.

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You have already read the Prologue and Chapter 1 in class, and you have done some written and oral exercises on this. After reading the beginning of this story, how do you think it will continue? what do you think it will happen? what will  the end be like? You can write a comment here or send your answer by email.

After you have read the book you can do the activities suggested in our “brand-new”  EOI Library blog About reading, a reading corner for English learners.

December 21, 2008 Posted by | BOOKS, Reading, Writing | Leave a comment