Saturday, 20 September 2014

Reading List Advanced 2

Readers Advanced 2

Your assignments are:

A) You will choose a book to read. Tell your teacher which book you have chosen. (Deadline: 30 Oct.). You will then read the book and watch its film adaptation.
B) You will write a review about the book and its film adaptation. You can also include your favourite quotes from the books and add some explanations. In the final paragraph try to compare the book and the film. You can also try to convince the reader that the book you have chosen should (not) be on the Reading List next year. (Deadline: April)  
Reading List  (suggestions) 
1.            The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini.  Published in 2003, it is Hosseini's first novel, and was adapted into a film of the same name in 2007.The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a young boy from Kabul, who befriends Hassan, the son of his father's servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. 336 pages

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher's condition is not stated, the book's blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that "Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger's....if anything it's a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder," and that he, Haddon, is not an expert on autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome. 226 pages.
3. Holes is a 1998 young adult mystery comedy novel written by Louis Sachar. It won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot. 240 pages.
4. Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier. Set in 17th century Delft, Holland, the novel was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring. Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model, and the painting. The novel was adapted into a 2003 film of the same name. 258 pages.
5. High Fidelity is a novel by British author Nick Hornby. Rob Fleming is a London record shop owner in his mid-thirties whose girlfriend, Laura, has just left him. At his record shop, called Championship Vinyl, Rob and his employees, Dick and Barry, spend their free moments discussing mix-tape aesthetics and constructing desert-island, "top-five" lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of music. 253 pages.
6. Bridget Jones's Diary is a 1995 novel by Helen Fielding. Written in the form of a personal diary, the novel chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single working woman living in London. She writes about her career, self-image, vices, family, friends, and romantic relationships. 288 pages.



A. Read these titles

1. Holes, Louis Sachar
2. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevallier
3. High Fidelity, Nick Horny
4. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
5. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding

B. What key words do you think might define each of the books?

a- History, art, 17th century
b- Teenager, mystery, adventure
c- Romance, comedy, London
d- Comedy, drama, music, romance, London
e- Bildungsroman, redemption story, friendship, Afghanistan

C. Watch the trailers of the films based on these books and comment which story appeals to you the most and why.

D. Match each of the following plots with the books-films

a. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, .............................. is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. 337 pages.

b. Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, the novelist has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot. 240 pages.

c. ...............is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, the protagonist decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in her. Thrown into the mix are her band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who she cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive. 288 pages.

d. One of the best-loved paintings in the world is a mystery. Who is the model and why has she been painted? What is she thinking as she stares out at us? Are her wide eyes and enigmatic half-smile innocent or seductive? And why is she wearing a pearl earring? ................... tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts the painter's attention. Though different in upbringing, education and social standing, they have a similar way of looking at things. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings - the still, luminous images of solitary women in domestic settings. 258 pages.

e. The main character is a man named Rob, who lives in London in the mid-90’s, and runs a small record shop. He’s a bit of a dead-ender. Not really going anywhere in his life, and always looking for a way to not get anywhere else. He’s had a few serious relationships in his life, but the most recent one, with his relatively long-term girlfriend has just ended when she left him for another guy. This leads him to question the end of every relationship he’s ever had, all the way from grade school to present day. Rob is an obsessive list maker. Whenever things go right or wrong, he makes a list. That is how we have his lists about his favourite movies, favourite episodes of his favourite TV show and of course, favourite kind of music, musicians and songs. Since he is unable to bring order in his own life, making lists about virtually everything gives this illusion that he has everything under control, although that is far from the truth. His latest list is about his “top five most memorable split-ups”. 253 pages.

ANSWER KEY


B. What key words do you think might define each of the books?

a- History, art - Girl with a Pearl Earring
b- Teenager, mystery, adventure - Holes
c- Romance, comedy - Bridget Jones's Diary
d- Comedy, drama, music, romance -High Fidelity
e- Bildungsroman, redemption story, friendship - The Kite Runner

D. Match each of the following plots with the books
a-
The Kite Runner
b- Holes
c-
Bridget Jones's Diary
d- Girl with a Pearl Earring
e- High Fidelity

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Speakout Advanced p 56. Relationships. The Kite Runner. Extra Reading

Speakout Advanced p 56. Khaled Hosseini. Extra Listening

http://showingtheropes.blogspot.com.es/2016/11/reading-listening-writing-task.html