viernes, 20 de marzo de 2015

Down under. Linkletter

In 1954, under the spell of the late Harold Holt’s infectious evangelism for Australia as a land of opportunity, Art Linkletter and some celebrity friends formed a syndicate and prepared to go prospecting in the land where winter was summer and the soldiers wore “wide-brimmed hats turned up on one side”.
There were sure that they would meet kangaroos and koala bears, and perhaps see some stone-age aborigines wandering across the limitless deserts, but beyond this vague trivia, these “babes” knew literally nothing about the “land down under”. Yet, in the spirit of true adventurers, they bravely set out to answer the romantic “call of the wild”.
With dreams of feeding an exploding world population and a chancy scheme for making enormous dividends, they invested in 500,000 acres of rice paddies at Humpty Doo in Australia’s Top End. Roads were built, workers imported, ground leveled and seeded. Two years later their investment lay in ruins. Throngs of wild ducks and thundering herds of water buffalo refused to give up their squatter’s rights, especially when those rights meant “handouts” of fresh Tai rice.
Written with Linkletter’s irrepressible wit and humor, and illustrated by the distinguished Australian cartoonist, Paul Rigby, this is the full story of that “Hollywood Guy Down Under”, and a revealing character sketch of Australia-the land and its people.
Art Linkletter, originator of “House Party” and of “The World of Children”, has been a dominant figure in radio and television broadcasting for 30 years. He is the author of 10 books including such best sellers as Kids say the darndest things, which has been a world classic since 1957. As a developer of vast cattle and sheep ranches in Western Australia, Art Linkletter is introduced in Down Under as a pioneer on a new kind of frontier.
Paul Rigby, a native Australian, is an author, syndicated cartoonist, and caricaturist, popular throughout his own country and England. He joined the Western Australian Newspapers Ltd. In 1949 and has been on the staff of the Daily News (Perth) since 1953. His world assignments have included the United States, Russia, Red China, Europe, and Vietnam.
Intriguing look at Australia in the late 50's and early 60's
The book is full of interesting local knowledge and well worth perusing.

Includes a Glossary with Aussie slang

domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013

Book review - Wonder

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, it’s an emotional novel that has become a compulsory high school reading and it has been number 1 for over a year on the children book list in USA.

It’s the story of Auggie, a boy with a deformed face, who everyone stares at. He lives in a close, tight and loving family, and his mother was his teacher for his early years. Now though, he has to cope for the first time, at the age of 12, with entry to high school. If he was a normal boy it wouldn’t be strange, but if you are deformed there are consequences.

In this book every chapter is narrated by a different character: August himself (Auggie), his sister (Via), Jacq, a friend that hides in front of his friends that August is a good mate and with good sense of humour. The sister’s friend, the sister’s boyfriend... Everyone tells how are their lifes around Auggie are affected.

Each contribution makes us examine ourselves, it makes us think about ourselves, our behaviour, our friendships and what it all means to be kind.

Besides, it is a book full of references. All the sections of the book are open with a quotation; or the lyrics of a song or some book.

Wonder has got feeling, and is such an easy read that it makes you want to recommend it to everyone.

R. J. Palacio is an american desiger that lives in New York with her husband, her two sons and two dogs. She always wanted to write, but she was waiting for the right moment to start.

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sábado, 17 de agosto de 2013

Recomendaciones de libros

Wonder de R.J. Palacio, es una novela emotiva que hace un año que es el número 1 de la lista de libros juveniles más vendidos en los EUA, y se ha convertido en una lectura escolar obligada.

Es la historia de August, un niño con deformaciones en la cara, al que todos se quedan mirando. Vive dentro la burbuja del amor familiar, y su madre le ha hecho de maestra en casa durante muchos años. Pero ahora tiene que hacer frente por primera vez, a sus 12 años, a la entrada al colegio con otros niños y niñas. Si fuese un niño normal no seria nada raro, pero si eres deforme hay consequencias.

En este libro cada capítulo está narrado por un personaje distinto: el mismo August (Auggie), su hermana (Via), Jacq, un amigo que esconde delante de sus amigos que August es un buen chaval, amigo y que tiene sentido del humor. La amiga de su hermana, el novio de la hermana… Todos y cada uno relatan cómo es la seva vida alrededor de Auggie.

La aportación de cada uno hace que nos hagamos un examen a nosotros mismos, nos hace pensar sobre nosotros, nuestro comportamiento, la amistad y qué significa ser amable.

Además, es un libro lleno de referencias. Todas las secciones del libro se abren con alguna cita; o bien de la letra de alguna canción o bien de algun libro.

Wonder emociona y junto con su lectura sencilla, dan ganas de recomendarlo a todo el mundo.

R. J. Palacio es una diseñadora americana que vive en Nueva York con su marido, sus dos hijos y dos perros. Siempre quiso escribir, pero estaba esperando el momento perfecto para empezar.

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