Rabbit-Proof Fence

10 04 2010

WINNER ofThe Language Learner Literature Award 2007

TITLE: Rabbit-Proof Fence

AUTHOR: Doris Pilkington Garimara

RETOLD by: Jennifer Bassett

PUBLISHING HOUSE: Oxford

LEVEL: Intermediate

REVIEW: It is called Rabbit-Proof Fence and it is written by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It is a true story and the narrator is not present in the story, but she is the daughter of one of the main characters. The story takes place in Western Australia for about three months. The book is about the long journey of three girls who were far away from their desert home. Molly is a brave girl who, with her cousins Gracie and Daisy, escapes and walks back to Jingalong, their home, after being taken away from their families. They were sent to Moore River Native Settlement because they were mixed-race Aborigines and they had to go to the camp to learn how to live like the white man. They finally arrive at Jingalong following the rabbit-proof fence. The main characters are Molly, Gracie and Daisy. Molly is a fourteen-year-old girl who takes care of Gracie and Daisy during the entire trip. Gracie and Daisy are Molly’s cousins and they are younger than her. 

From my point of view, the book is rather entertaining and absolutely worth-reading. The most exciting part of the book is the last one, when they arrive home. I found this last chapter quite interesting; it’s very touching. It was really easy to understand and follow because the vocabulary is not too difficult.  

On balance, the book is highly recommendable to those who enjoy touching stories with a bit of adventure. Furthermore, you can see the film  based on the book if you liked it.

RATING: 5/5 

Ana Borrás Cernuda  2ºNI



The Diary of a Young Girl

19 01 2010

Título: The Diary of a Young Girl

Autor: Anne Frank

Editorial: Penguin

Obra adaptada: Sí

Nivel: Intermediate

 

 

Review: The story takes place in Amsterdam between 1942 and 1944. The book tells the story of Anne Frank and her family. It is the time of the Second Wold War and the Germans have invaded the country. All the Jews fear for their lives. The Frank family decide to hide in a secret flat. Their younger daughter, Anne, begins to write a diary of their lives in hiding.
 
From my point of view the book is absorbing, I couldn´t put it down. I think that it is worth-reading because it tells us about the awful suffering of the Jews and their hopes during the Second Wold War. It was quite easy to understand and the language was not too difficult.
 
It is highly recommendable for people who like non-fiction and adventure stories.

Valoración: 4/5

Mª José González Rodríguez 2ºNI



The Innocent Man

30 04 2009

Título: The Innocent Man

Autor: John Grisham

Obra adaptada: NO

Nivel: Avanzado

Reseña: 

The story talks about two men that got unfairly caught in the webs of a rotten system and who had to fight for their freedom because of a murder they did not commit. 1982, Debbie Carter, a twenty-something girl is found dead at her home in Ada, a small town in Oklahoma where justice is more than doubtful. Almost instantly the prosecution is focused on Ron Williamson, a guy from the town, known for his brief career in professional baseball and for his clear mental problems (manic depression, personality disorders, alcoholism and mild schizophrenia); and Dennis Fritz, who gets involved in the crime just because of his old friendship with Ron. Without even trying to get more suspects, two police officers from the town, Dennis Smith and Gary Rogers, begin harassing both men in order to put them in prison. Finally, after tricking them with many doubtful legal cheats, they manage to get false confessions from both men, and testifying with many unreliable sources and false witnesses they manage to put Ron and Dennis behind bars, sentenced to death penalty. Then, they begin their ordeal to prove everyone that they are innocent and that the real murderers are still out there.
The story also centres on a similar case, in which Denice Haraway happens to be murdered, and Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot are prosecuted and eventually put behind bars under the same premises as Ron and Dennis.
Writing Style:
The writing style is very complex, the language is sometimes simple and sometimes quite hard, especially during the trials, mainly because of the great quantity of specific terms related to justice matters and that kind of things.
During the few spoken parts, the language is adapted to the speaker. Thereby, for example, when Ron speaks, the language is full of pet phrases and curses; when Barry Ward, Ron’s attorney, speaks, the language is correct and appropriate to the trials.
Characters:
Ron Williamson: A former baseball player wannabe who was forced to retire early because of his arrogance and injuries and got mad as time passed. During the novel, we can see his mental evolution, since he was a little boy, going through his young sane glory days and ending losing his mind.

Dennis Fritz: A former teacher at a high school who sees himself involved in a murder investigation just because of his old friendship with Ron. He and Ron had been “drinking buddies” for some time long ago, but Dennis had decided to stay away from him due to his dangerous behaviour. Anyway, their friendship finally takes its toll.

Overall impression/recommendation:

The Innocent man is a nail-biting legal thriller, a heavy descriptive page-turner that will get you almost instantly and will almost make you weep terrified with the cruel injustices committed by those who are supposed to protect us. This is one of the most thrilling books I’ve ever held in my hands. I couldn´t put it down until I turned the last page.
               

Valoración: 5/5

 Fernando Neira Sánchez   2ºNA



The Mistress’s Daughter

15 05 2008

mistress.jpgTítulo: The Mistress’s Daughter

Autor: A.M. Homes

Editorial: Penguin Books

Obra adaptada: NO

Reseña: “The Mistress’s Daughter” is an exceptional memoir of the author, Homes, who has known all along her life she is an adoptee, but at the age of thirty-one she discovers that her birth mother, Ellen, is looking for her. At first, Homes is enthusiastic about meeting her but, in the end, Ellen is not like she was supposed to be. When Ellen dies, Homes begins a hard digging to find out her roots. Nonetheless, her birth father, who at first had appealed to her better, refuses to give a DNA test to Homes, as well as he doesn’t want to see her any more. In the end she is relieved that they gave her on adoption. In fact, she has been loved very much by her adoptive family.

VALORACIÓN: 5/5

Cristina González Blanco