2019年5月25日土曜日

Ⅱ- 06:SUPERBIRD

What did they look like? Did they look like us? (p. 10)

 At the beginning of this book, a person gets a interview about his journey to the other planet twenty years ago. There are two planets in this book. One of them is earth, and the other is... When you read this book, please guess which the talker comes from first, and you can enjoy this book more!
 I think people are so afraid when they meet people from the other planet. And the talker also does. Fortunately, the air of this story is rather good because of the nice characteristic of the protagonist, but there is probability that the fear becomes to exclusion of the different people. So the ending might to bad if it is supposed that the main character is too afraid to people from other side. That's because some scary can be fights between different spices... How about thinking such a issue which we rarely think thought books?
 And, before I read this book, a person introduced this book in class activity. He said that this book reminded him of center examination because similar story was in it. I think a book makes us think of many things!


Tomlinson Brian.(1999).Superbird.Cambridge University: England

2019年5月19日日曜日

Ⅱ-05:Jojo's story

"Why do people fight?" I ask Chris. (p.22)

  The begging of this story is so impressive. There is only a boy in a village. Except him, there is no one. The truth is that every people but the boy was killed. When bad men came to his village, he was out and his life was survived. However he lost his family and his home. He tries to be quiet to hide from the men. but his chicken makes a noise and he is found by solders. But, fortunately, they are not bad men. They comes to help the boy, Jojo. And he meets Chris who takes photographs of conflict eras for English newspaper. At that time, he was a boy. But he changes through the story, so this is the "Jojo's story".....If you have some interests how he changes, please read this.
  When I read this book, I was so sad because people kill someone. Jojo askes chris why people fight. Chris says he dosen't know. I don't know too. Probably, the answer is so complicated. What can we do for them? We can think such a thing by reading the kind of book. I wish people change into good.

Jojo's story. Moses Antonette.(2000). Cambridge: Cambridge University

2019年5月11日土曜日

Ⅱ-04:Within High Fences

'This is our country. Not theirs.' 'Our country? Who are we?'(p.17)

The main character of this book is a woman called Nancy. She lives with his boyfriend who has a lot of money. Her boyfriend always buys her what she wants. she can have all and she was satisfied with her life,  at first.  But, he is a problem man. He doesn't like Nancy doing something. He stops her writing and wants to make her stop working. He thinks that he can control her at all!  And as the another characteristic of him, he hates asylum seekers. He thinks that they steal things and rob jobs and money of him. While, Nancy works at a center for asylum seekers and she knows that they need help because of bad problems in their countries. She gradually becomes unable to understand him and she is growing apart from him. At that time, she meets a man who is one of the asylum seekers and she thinks only about him instead of his boyfriends. She wants to be close to him more and.....

  In this story, the sense of values are different between Nancy and her boyfriend, which cause an accident. Especially, Nancy is for asylum seekers and her boyfriend is against them. In fact, there are those who accept people from other countries and those who don't. Through this book, we can think of the social problem of immigration.


Honcoch Penny. within high fences. (2005) Cambridge: Cambridge University

2019年4月30日火曜日

Ⅱ-03:Circle Games

  He turned as spoke and his foot moved quickly up into the air...(P.10)

  There are five stories in this book. Four of the five stories have punch lines, but  the last story doesn't. So when you finish reading the all stories, you won't be clear to the ending. This book make you think as it say...
 Among five stories, first story make us smile. In this story, an old man who loved to talk the past is the main character. He is proud of  how quick he was when he was young. He talks people that he could catch a fly in his hand when he was younger at his cafe. All he does is talk, and his family work so hard.  People think that he is an old stupid person.Of course, people around him get complaint to him! On the Chinese New  Year, the cafe is busy and people tell him to work. At first he tries to work, but he begins to talk again once one person ask him the pictures of Chines lion dance on wall, he begins to talk again because the picture is involve in his past. He stoops his work and talk and talk!  But this times, he becomes popular again because of an accident. Are there some people like him around you-who is not a bad person, but he is always speaking? We can see such a person in real, so  we can smile at this story.   
 The other stories are interesting. And each of them is so short. If you have time and interests in this book, please read this book! Which story make you smile or think most?


Frank Brennan. Circle Games. (2005) Cambridge University: Cambridge

2019年4月21日日曜日

Ⅱ- 02:The New Zealand File



He didn't like mobile phones. Sometimes you really needed them. The problem was that when you turned them on, people could find out where you were. (P.10)

  Do you have a phone? Probably, many people have one. Could you live without phones?  For modern  people like us,  phones are essential, right?  Then, could you throw it away if your phone disturbs your tasks? As you know, mobile phones are convenient but so dangerous at the same time. There are a lot of information in a phone, and it's so risky if someone know them. Especially, for some executives such as spies or person working for ICPO, the device is difficult to treat. The protagonist of this book is also such a special worker. One day, he gets a mission which affects on his nation. He is a brilliant worker, however, he is involved in many trouble in this task. His enemies know where he is because of his phone! Therefore, he decides to discard it, but....
  If you know the following of but and you are good at solving some riddles, please read this book. This book have much development which betray you.  When I read this book, I wanted to ask some hard question to many thing( I wanted to do " tukkomi" in Japanese!!) Like me, you will get some surprise.

 Richard MacAndrew. The New Zealand File. (2009). Cambridge: Cambridge university

2019年4月13日土曜日

Ⅱ-01:Apollo's Gold

 As an archaeologist you want to find things because you want to learn about them.(P. 8)

  It is the beginning of this story that a main woman visits a doctor. The main character is an archaeologist who is always overworked. When she visits the doctor, she is advised to take a rest. However she is so busy and she once refuses it. After she is persuaded by her boss, she decides to go to the beautiful and peaceful island. However, she becomes involved with a dangerous incident there...

  The point of this this story is that main character is an archaeologist who wants to find everything. After she encounters a accident where one of the local men dies in island of rest, she comes across a suspicious group. She feels a little scared but she chooses to explore the truth. Then she approaches the team and she gets in danger.  Probably the profession is important for the progression of this story. If she had not been such a eager scholar, she would not have been involved in the accident.
 Then, what I like in this story is the moment where it turns out that a person who seem villain is actually justice. At the begging of  this story, a main archaeologist meets a man who looks  bad at first glance. At first she doesn't like him, but she knows that he work for international police when he help her. The betrayal of development makes the story more interesting.
                                        
  Antoinette Moses. Apollo's Gold. Cambridge:Cambridge University. (1999)


2019年1月31日木曜日

BE:0-15: Monkey Party

Most people in Thailand are Buddhists, and for many of them monkeys are very important animals. (p. 8)


Do you like monkeys?  They are so cute and some people may love them, but the others may not like them. They sometimes cause a lot of trouble.  For example in Thailand, there are monkeys everywhere. They run around the streets, climb on car, houses. They can go anywhere they want to and get into something.  Some accidents can be taken by them.  And they sometimes take food. They are troublemakers.  However, the people of Thailand allow the monkeys to run around the streets. They know that the people also cause some problem. They never try to stop the monkeys. And, what is more, people of Lopburi in Thailand have a monkey party! They offer a banquet with lots of food with monkeys. Then, there's even a particularly special party where the festival organizers are giving the monkey a whole cake. Do monkeys like and eat it? They don't like the cake. They love it. People watching them are very happy. They really love the monkeys. But, why do people such things to monkeys? Is it because people there are monkey lovers? Or do the monkeys bring something good to people? That's because people in Thailand are Buddhists, and for many of them monkeys are very important animals.  Monkeys are main characters in many Thai stories and legends. What stories are they?  This book refers that.

 On the other hand, monkeys are considered as devils in some countries. These ideas come from ancient stories.  Whether people think of a animal as sacred or not shows the history and the culture. To understand people in other country, animals may be a guideline.


In the last page, there are the Jataka Stories of Buddha. Jataka Stories are stories which were drawn in stones.These stories were important for people because they show how to lead a good life, and the heroes in a lot of these stories are monkeys. That means  monkeys told people how to lead a life. These stories are now legends in Thailand.  If you get an interest in those stories, please read this book !


Rob Waring.(2008). Monkey party. Boston, MA : Thomson/Heinle


 


Ⅱ- 06:SUPERBIRD

What did they look like? Did they look like us? (p. 10)  At the beginning of this book, a person gets a interview about his journey to the...