Meet me in Istanbul

26 02 2010

Título: Meet me in Istanbul

Autor: Richard Chisholm

Editorial: Heinemann

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Review: The story takes place during a holiday in Istanbul. The book is about a man who visits his fiancée in Istanbul where she is working. In the beginning everything happens as normal, but when he arrives there, he finds out that she is dead. He cannot believe it and with the help of a friend, he starts to investigate. The main character is a good man in love who only wants to visit his fiancée, a successful and hardworking woman; but she finds out something strange in her job and then the problems start. 

I really liked this book because I could not put it down from the beginning. It was easy to read because the language is not difficult and it was quite enjoyable and absorbing.  The book is highly recommendable because it is really entertaining. I am sure everybody will find it interesting.

Valoración: 5/5

Sheila Cidón Brincones 2ºNI



Around the World in Eighty Days

19 05 2009

Título: Around the World in Eighty Days

Autor: Jules Verne

Obra adaptada: NO

Nivel: Avanzado

Reseña:

Introducing Phileas Fogg is the way Verne chose to begin one of his most famous novels. This eccentric Englishman and his new servant, Passepartout, find themselves travelling around the world because of a bet. Exotic landscapes and diverse risky situations pass by while Detective Fix follows them in the thought that Fogg committed a robbery. The excitement of a journey against time is the background of the whole story.
The narration takes place in the 19th century, in which England owned colonies all around the globe. This fact is essential to make it go ahead in the way that the reasons Fix has to follow Mr Fogg get conditioned depending on the land they are crossing. Furthermore, Mr Fogg himself personifies the perfectly mathematic and orderly gentleman, and that is why the story works.
Verne’s writing style is very descriptive; hilarious at times and thrilling at others. The adventure is lineal, so it is very easy for the reader to follow. Despite being French, the author decided to put an Englishman acting as the main character, though maybe Passepartout was created to refresh the novel with some lively French spirit.
In my opinion, Verne’s writing can be repetitive sometimes. But over all, the essence of adventure and risk embracing the story is the fact that makes it so attractive. Perhaps mixing up so many interesting ingredients is the secret of the writer’s success.

 Valoración: 4/5

Marta Pardo  2ºNA



Meet me in Istanbul

17 04 2008

meet-me-in-istanbul-hgr-i-i0n76609.jpgTítulo: Meet me in Istanbul

Autor: Richard Chisholm

Editorial: Heinemann

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: This book is about Tom’s journey; he is going to visit his fiancée, Angela, who is working in Istanbul. But the journey is more complicated than he expects, some strange things will happen…
I recommend this book because it is entertaining; the story goes quickly; it is easy to read; there aren’t too many difficult words and it isn’t too long so it’s good if you don’t have lot of free time. A glossary is included at the end of the book.

Valoración: 3/5

Vanesa Fernández Fernández



The Dragons of Tiananmen Square

15 04 2008

Título: The Dragons of Tiananmen Square

Autor: John Hare

Editorial: Edward Arnold Readers Library

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: This story is about a boy, Charles Welsh, a British student, who went to China to visit his cousin but…, suddenly, an innocent visit to the Great Wall changed everything. He was involved in a terrible and tragic story lived in China in 1989.
I recommend this book to the people who like fiction and tragic stories. I didn’t like it very much.

Valoración: 2/5

Gustavo Álvarez Alija



The Shetland Bus

1 04 2008

Título: The Shetland Bus

Autor: David Howarth; retold by L. A. Hill

Editorial: Alhambra

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: This book tells the story of some voyages, in small boats, from The Shetlands (a small archipelago some kilometres north off the Scottish coast) to Norway during the Second World War, in order to supply weapons to the resistance. The work is a well documented essay, easy to read as well as quite interesting. Through its pages I’ve found out some war events I had never heard before. The book, which is divided into five chapters, adds some exercises followed by a pretty useful vocabulary bank.
I’d recommend it for those people interested in the Second World War history.

Valoración: 4/5

Javier Fernández Vigón