2019年1月17日木曜日

BR11: The Black Cat

     Today I read " The Black Cat", a book in the Macmillan Heinemann ELT series. It was written by John Milne and illustrated by Peter Edwards.

     'Can I help You?'said the manager. 'Yes,' replied Salahadin. 'My name is Salahadin El Nur. I'm a police inspector. I want to speak to Mr. Pearson.' 'Dp you mean Mr. Pearson, the archaeologist?' asked the manager. 'Yes,' replied Salahadin. 'I'm sorry. You can't speak to Mr. Pearson, sir,' said the manager. 'Oh,' said Salahadin in surprise. 'Why not?' 'Mr.Pearson is dead,' replied the manager. 'He was found dead in his room this morning. Mr. Pearson was murdered'

     Personally, it was not a type that I liked overall, but the preface of the black cat .is very interested.

The preface: You are not going to believe this story. But it is a true story, as true as I sit here writing it - as true as I will die in the morning.

     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

Milne John. (2007). "The Glack Cat". Oxford: Macmillan Heinemann ELT







     

BR10: Wyatt's Hurricane

     Today I read "Wyatt's Hurricane", a book in the Oxford  University Press series. It was Written by Desmond Bagley, and retold by Jennifer Bassett.

     Hurricane Mabel is far out in the Atlantic Ocean and moving slowly northwards. Perhaps it will never come near land at all. But if it hits the island of San Fernandez, many thousands of people will die. There could be winds of more than 250 kilometres an hour. There could be a huge tidal wave from the sea, which will drown the capital city of St Pierre. Mabel will destroy houses, farms, roads, bridges... Only one man, David Wyatt, believes that Mabel will hit San Fernandez, but nobody will listen to him...

      It was very interesting. I want to see it at the movie theater. I thought it was good that this prophecy not be true. However, I thought that this person was disqualified as a prophet. In modern times, it is not possible to do just by a good person like a hero. If you are not saved by a great and somewhat powerful person, you can't save as many people as you can. It is surely a world that can not be predicted from the times when everyone was watching the sky, feeling the change of the air. Will not come to the natural disaster in the future? Is the end of the world coming before that?

     If you are interesred, please read it. Irecommend it.

Bagley Desmond. (2000). "Wyatt's Hurricane". Oxford: Oxford University Press

BR9: Little Woman

     Today I read "Little Woman", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Louisa May Alcott, retold by John Escott, and illustrated by Martin Cottam.

     When Christmas comes for the four March girls, there is no money for expensive presents and they give away heir Christmas breakfast to a poor family. But there are no happier gilrs in America than Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They miss their father, of course, who is away at the Civil War, but they try hard to be good so that he will be proud of his 'little woman' when he comes home. 

     Choe Meg, Joe, Beth, Emmy are the four sisters of the March family. Because the father goes to the battlefield, the life of the March family is not easy. Among them, the appearance of a bright and strongly living march family is drawn mainly by four sisters. Even if it is painful, they do not lose their heart to consider their partner. Since it is composed by collecting short stories, it was easier to read.

     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

May Alcott Louisa. (2000). "Little Woman". Oxford: Oxford University Press

     

2019年1月16日水曜日

BR8: The Love of a King

     Today I read " The Love of a King", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Peter Dainty.

     All he wanted to do was to marry the woman he loved. But his country said 'No!!' He was Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, King of India, King of Australia, and King of 39 other countries. And he loved the wrong woman. She was very beautiful and she loved him - but she was already married to another man. It was a love story that shook the world. The King had to choose: to be a King, or to have love... and leave his country, never to return.

     Because the woman who was in love was married, the life of King King who threw away the throne. Because I did not know about Edward VIII and Wallis, I did not know what the relationship between the two would be, so I went through reading like fiction. So it was very exciting. Just in Japan, as the royal family abdicate and marriage became a hot topic, I read while thinking about that. I thought vaguely what I meant to be born and raised in the royal family and what I would feel for royalty marriage partners.

     If youb are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

Dainty Peter. (1989). "The Love of a King". Oxford: Oxford University Press





BR7: The elephant man

    Today, I read "the Elephant Man", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Tim Vicary.

     He is not beautiful. His mother does not want him, children run away from him. People laugh at him, and call him 'The elephant man'. The someone speaks to him - and listens to him! At the age of 27, joseph Merrick finds a friend for the first time in his life. This is a true and tragic story. It is now also a famous film.

     It is a story of a man who has a quite different form from a person. It is a very sad story. Sometimes his beloved mother appeared, and my heart is hurting when I imagine various things. After reading it, I ask myself, "Was Merrick happy?" I think that his life was not happy. But he was able to die in the kindness and warmth of many people, I thought. Thinking that, it seemed like a story that was sad but warm.

     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

Vicary tim. (2000). "The Elephant Man". Oxford: Oxford University Press

2018年11月29日木曜日

BR6: Grace Darling


     Today I read "Grace Darling", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Tim Vicary.


     All they could hear was the wind, and the waves crashing on to the rocks. All they could see was the night. They could not see the ship, broken in two. They could not see the people holding on to the dark wet rock, slowly dying of cold. And they could not hear the cries for help - only the wind. How could they save the people on the rock? Was their wooden boat stronger than the iron ship? Were a man and his daughter stronger than the great waves that broke the ship in two? The Forfarshire was wrecked off the north-east coast of England in 1838. This is the true story of Grace Darling - a girl who became a famous heroine on the stormy night.


     I was surprised that it was a real story because I thought it was a novel. Although it is a short story, there are quite a few characters, but I think that the characterization as chitin is very wonderful. The depiction of the extreme rocks and the depiction from the safe lighthouse are written alternately, and the survivor's contrast is in a crisis situation and how the rescue is difficult is written. The boat of the rescue wrote up and down, up and down many times, so it seemed to get drunk just reading.


     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

Vicary Tim. (1991)."Grace darling".Oxford: Oxford University Press.

BR5: Justice

     Today I read "Justice", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Tim Vicary.


     Terrorists blow up the Queen's coach outside Parliament. The Queen escapes, but five peop;e are killed, and forty others badly hurt - ordinary, innocent people, like Alan Cole, the Queen's coachman, who loses his leg in the bombing. And for Alen and his daughter Jane there is more terror to come, in the saerch for the truth behind the bombing. Will the terrorists be caught and brought to justice? But whay kind of justice? What can give Alen Cole his leg back, or give life back to people who have been blown to pieces by a bomb.


     Evil perish, this is certainly justice. But what is evil? There is also a cause for those who act terror. For the terrorists, it may be justice to bring terrorism. Certainly casualties were issued by terrorism, it is certainly a bad thing. However, it may be evil that Jane will kill terrorists. The description of some of the last "there is some justice" It seems to me that Jane is feeling the backlash of killing terrorists. But, since the gun is struck in front of us, in this case legitimate defense works. But this is also difficult. After all, is justice ambiguous and convenient one? However, it is said that this book, the police arrested false as facts. But is not the objective evidence insufficient? Since the criminal died, only Jane and his father know the culprit. If Jane was accused of murder, how far can the theory that it was a terrorist leads to you? Well, if it's a story.


     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.


Vicary Tim.(1995)."Justice". Oxford: Oxford University Press

BR11: The Black Cat

     Today I read " The Black Cat", a book in the  Macmillan Heinemann ELT series. It was written by  John Milne and illustrate...