Book Reviews These activities consist of



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Book Reviews
These activities consist of:


  1. Ordering a book review

  2. Analysing text organisation

  3. Asking questions

  4. Reading comprehension

  5. Vocabulary work

  6. Extensive reading

  7. Writing a book review

You can find more activities on this topic in the print material for Anglès II on pages 15-35.


The answers are given at the end of each exercise.

A. Put the paragraphs in this book review in the correct order.

A And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," this remarkable book's

denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of

redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.
B In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam," two men who grew up with

Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era

in an America which sometimes seems as hollow -- and as haunted -- as their

own lives.


C Full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of heart, Stephen King's new

book will take some readers to a place they have never been...and others to a

place they have never been able to completely leave.
D Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before

the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of

the TV generation. Images from that war -- and the protests against it -- had

flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King's newest

fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years

from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is

haunted by the Vietnam War.
E Hearts in Atlantis: Review
F In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield

discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also

discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror.
G In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover

the possibility of protest...and confront their own collective heart of darkness,

where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.


A Answers: E, D, F, G, B, A ,C.

E, D, G, F, B, A ,C is also possible.

B Now look at the text and decide which paragraph(s) give:


  1. Introduction/Background - objective

  2. Recommendation/Reviewer's opinion - subjective

  3. Title

  4. A description of the contents.

1. Hearts in Atlantis: Review

2. Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before

the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of

the TV generation. Images from that war -- and the protests against it -- had

flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King's newest

fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years

from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is

haunted by the Vietnam War.


3. In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield

discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also

discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror.
4. In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover

the possibility of protest...and confront their own collective heart of darkness,

where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.
5. In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam," two men who grew up with

Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era

in an America which sometimes seems as hollow -- and as haunted -- as their

own lives.


6. And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," this remarkable book's

denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of

redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.
7. Full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of heart, Stephen King's new

book will take some readers to a place they have never been...and others to a

place they have never been able to completely leave.
B Answers


  1. Introduction/Background - objective Para. 2

  2. Recommendation/Reviewer's opinion - subjective Para. 7

  3. Title Para 1

  4. A description of the contents. Paras. 3,4,5,6


C Make questions by putting one word in the spaces.

1. 's it called?

2. 's it by?

3. 's it set?

4. 's it set?

5. 's it about?
6. 's it like?

7. you recommend it?
C Answers



  1. What's it called?

  2. Who's it by?

  3. When's it set?

  4. Where's it set?

  5. What's it about?

  6. What's it like?

  7. Would you recommend it?

You can use these questions as a plan to write your review.


D Now read the Stephen King book review and find the answers to the above questions.
D Suggested Answers


  1. Heart In Atlantis.

  2. Stephen King.

  3. From 1960 to 1999.

  4. In the USA.

  5. It's about people's experiences of the last three decades and the Vietnam War.

  6. An adjective is normal here. For example, good, bad, boring, brilliant, exciting, interesting etc. In the text it says "It's full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of heart".

  7. Yes, the reviewer recommends the book.


E Vocabulary

Find words and expressions in the text which mean:


  1. enormously para. 2

  2. based, set para. 2

  3. finds out paras. 3 + 4

  4. addicted to para. 4

  5. areas around towns/cities para 5

  6. ending, outcome, solution para. 6

This type of exercise is included in tests and exams.



E Vocabulary Answers.

  1. enormously hugely

  2. based, set rooted

  3. finds out discovers

  4. addicted to hooked

  5. from areas around towns/cities suburban

  6. outcome, solution, ending denouement



F Extensive reading

Now look http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/lists/best/bestsellers.html and choose a book that interests you. You can read reviews by critics and by customers. Look through the reviews and decide if:

  • the review is positive or negative.

  • you would like to read the book.

  • the review is well written.


G

Now apply what you have learned and write a book review of your own. Send your reviews to Activities so that your colleagues can have a look.

The book review will count towards your CA mark. Please ask if anything is not clear.
Richard. 6/10/00







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