Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Bride Price

  • Book Title: The Bride Price ( Oxford University Press)
  • Written by: Emecheta Buchin
  • Type of book: Short story

My comments:
Florence Onye Buchi Emecheta was born to Igbo parents in a small village near Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, in 1944. She moved to Britain with her student husband in 1962, studied sociology at the University of London, and worked in a library and later as a community worker. Her first novel was published in 1972, and since then she has written about twenty novels, as well as children´s books and television plays. She has also been a teacher and visiting professor of English at several universities in the United States, Britain, and Nigeria.

This book is about the Nigerian costumes. It’s very difficult for Occidental society to understand their way of life. It tells the story of a young girl and her family.
The story is about a young lady, Aku-nna and her little brother. They live with their parents but their father died because of a sudden illness. When he dies, their go to thir uncle´s house because he inherits everything of his brother including his wife and children.
In her new, strange home the young lady fall in love with her teacher, although everyone says he is not a suitable husband for her, not because he is her techer, but because of the fact that he is a member of a slave family, and free families should not be mixed with slave ones. The more the world tries to separate them, the more they are drawn together - until, finally, something has to break… Aku-nna gets ill and dies after his having her first child.
They fight for their love and stay together although the society pressure, the story becomes a legend for young ladies in Nigeria, because of their deep love, and the consequences of being against the culture. It’s now a believed myth that if you don’t married the husband that your family chooses for you; you will not survive your first child.

I enjoyed the story a lot and if you are interested on the way of life of different cultures this is an excellent oportunity to discover a new world! The book describes the places and the traditions in a very real way, you can imagine the situations and their costumes. I totally recommend it!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Photo of the Tall Man

  • Book or Movie Title: Photo of the Tall Man
  • Written By / Starring: Stephen Rabley
  • Type of book/ Kind of movie: Suspenso

My comments:

Kelly Logan has only 16 years and she lived with your grandfather in the isle of skye
Your parents dead in plane crash when she was very young.
She is on her way to London to find a job, because your Uncle Max send a letter, he said I could come and live. I could look a job in London, He’s got a big house in a part of Nort London called highgate.he lives there with his son, Adam. ”Max is a newspaper photographer”.
She reads about the tall man in the newspaper, he’s a dangerous criminal, but nobody knows what he looks like, except that he’s over two metres tall.
When she arrived to London your cousin waiting for her, Adam said “Welcome to London cousin”. Adam drove Kelly around the centre of London. She really couldn’t believe was the number of people everywhere.
Adam pointed to a building in front of the bank building. Suddenly she remembered the newspaper story about the Tall Man and the small silver card which was found next to the body whit just letter on it-T.M.
“Yes, I read about it,” she said.
Minutes later they arrived in Highgate. Kelly liked her uncle’s house at once.
Their max was of trip in Paris, your cousin Adam went to a party, she was alone, when she received a message for telephone for their uncle, the man's voice it sounded very strange, “say that drake phoned-Gordon Drake. And tell him the visitor is arriving in December. That’s all. He sounded...afraid”.
Two days later Max Logan came back from France. Kelly received with great happiness to your uncle and he was very happy too.
They talked about Kelly’s grandfather and Adam, Suddenly Kelly remembered the message, she says your uncle, I nearly forgot. A man called Gordon Drake phoned and left a message. He said “The visitor arrive in December”.
One afternoon she and her uncle watching television together, news about crime in France, a rich man had been murdered very early to the morning and robbery six paintings. Silver card was found next to the dead millionaire. On it were two letters-T.M.-the tall man.” Kelly looked at her uncle, he was sitting, listening to every word. The newsreader had another man with him, a crime expert. What do we know about the tall man? The newsreader asked.
He answer, no very much, I'm very afraid. All we know is that has there is committed crimes in almost every country Europe. And we know he’s very, very dangerous. The only description we have is that he’s between forty-five an fifty and over two metres tall. There are simply photos of him anywhere.
Days later Kelly and Adam, received a bad news, Max had an accident.
They arrived at the hospital…

For know ending, I recommend you read the book, is very interesting !!!.

Carmen Pereira

Level 3.L.C.B.

Teacher Gladys Baya

Monday, December 04, 2006

Operation Mastermind

John Carstairs is a secret agent, his job is often dangerous. And now he has an oportunity to save the world. There is a small island in the Aegean See, Its name´s is Doriphoros; something very strange is happening on the island, the Americans have bought it and built the biggest computer in the world there. They call It D.O.T. The letters D.O.T. stand for Data Overseas Transmission. This big computer sends information to other computers all over the world. It´s different from other computers.It doesn´t need a special computer program.All the computer in the world need special program but this one builds its own program.It works by itself. It´s plans is to control all computers all over the world. Will the computers control the world? Could computers do this? end what about Carstairs; Could he stop the computer plans?
If you want to know more about this story you´ll be able to read a book. It´s available at the L.C.B.library.
I´m thinking about dangerous jobs now, and about computers. How many people die everyday to make a better world?, How many doctors, firemen and other which maybe, we don´t know anything about. I´m imagining a computerized world in a few years´ time, I´m thinking now we are surround by computers. Can you imagine a world without them? What do you like/dislike about computers? Please write to me and tell me about,Thankyou.
Roxana Dorrego
Level 3 - Barrio Norte

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Toy Story

  • Book or Movie Title: TOY STORY
  • Written By / Starring:
  • Type of book/ Kind of movie: Animated film

“A film for everyone”

Do you like animated and cartoon films? If not, you would immediately change your opinion if you see Toy Story, an excellent movie not only for children, but for adults as well that was released in 1995 by Disney in association with Pixar Animation. It is the first animated film completely done on computer. Toy Story has a marvelous cast of vocal talents, with Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Jim Varney.
The story is masterfully told, revealing plot points and character equally. Cowboy doll “Woody” is Andy’s favorite toy, and as a part of that comes the privilege of being the leader of all the other toys. His world is suddenly turned upside down when Andy gets a Buzz Lightyear action figure for his birthday. Suddenly, Woody finds himself in danger of being replaced as Andy and all the toys flock to Buzz. Worse yet, Buzz doesn’t know he’s a toy. He thinks he’s the real Buzz Lightyear. But when the two toys get lost some days before Andy moves, they’ll have to work together to get home.
The soundtrack is really good and attracts children since the movie starts. Toy Story won lots of rewards, such as the Oscar and the “Special Achievement” to the director of the film, John Lasseter.
So if, like me, you enjoy watching good movies done with computer animation, you must see Toy Story, a fantastic and warmhearted film, which also has a sequel.