Saturday, August 8, 2020

Grease - Iconic American Musical - Review

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film. The film shows America in the 1950s, where there was still no oil crisis, no Vietnam war. An atmosphere of celebration and wellbeing was present everywhere.

All of the aspects in the movie are perfect: music, dances, costumes, acting. The movie portrayed adolescents. There are all the recognizable signs of this age: fearlessness, lack of self control, emotional and changeable mood. See for example how Travolta deliberately walked showing - I'm cool!). This iconic movie may be rewatched again and again, great mood guaranteed!



This is a link to the article in Wikipedia about the movie:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_(film)

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell -- Review

The main character of the story “The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Connell, is the famous hunter; he appeared on the mysterious island.

The hero of the story didn’t know how the beast, the object of his hunting, feels and he will soon know that feeling.

This is a link to the text of the story:

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Virtual Trip To Hua Hin Railway Station (Thailand)

Google Map combined with the screen sharing feature may be used for virtual journeys. It is a great option for online meetings. It gives freedom to move to any directions. Here we can see the world as it is.

During the online chat we discussed Hua Hin railway station in Thailand.

This is a view of the station from the railroad. The shape of the roof, red and yellow colors remind more cafedral than train station.


It is interesting to compare the words in English and in Thai languages. Let's see on the picture below that the word 'Tickets' spells longer in Thai, but the next words have the opposite result in comparison of sizes.


The next picture represents the interior view inside the station. The window on the left is for buying tickets and the window on the right is for complaining to the police :)

This is a link to the article in wikipedia about this train station:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Hin_railway_station

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Who Dealt? by Ring Lardner -- Review

The story is “Who Dealt?” by Ring Lardner and was written in the first person. The wife was talking, during a bridge game, about her life and the lives around her. She pretends to be seen for readers as a poor fool and maybe for the others who have to live with her. However, her narration is much deeper because of her innocent thoughts. The author describes the society, relationships within the family and with friends in a lot of detail.


The story is full of colloquial phrases which can be interesting for English learners. For example; 
  • to stay on the wagon - a colloquialism generally referring to an alcohol abuser's sobering up time;
  • to go the limit in everything -  to be extravagant;
  • to rave about something - to give wildly enthusiastic praise for something;
  • to worm out of something - to try and get information from someone that they are trying to keep secret.


The story is good for readers who like descriptive stories, without definite plot, where life is presented as it is.


This is a link to the text of the story:

Sunday, July 12, 2020

A Perfect Day for Bananafish By J. D. Salinger - Review

The story tells about a young man who returned from the war, got married and something in his life went wrong …

The war had a big influence on the personality of the main character. He had had an unsuccessful marriage; he was bored with his wife, who was only interested in fashionable clothes. He found a soul mate in the face of a little girl and told her a fictional story about a fish.

He was so lonely and sad that even in a conversation with a girl he met, he referred to his wife as his aunt. The finale of the story is shocking.




Here is the link to the text of the story:
https://southerncrossreview.org/81/salinger-bananafish.html

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Appointment with Love By S.L Kishor -- Review

Soldier, the main character of the short story Appointment with Love by American writer S.L Kishor falls in love with a person he has never seen. He finally saw the object of his passion and remembered their emotional relationship over a great distance. 

The author keeps the intrigue up to the end of the story. Readers will know about the plot after reading this short story, not from this review.



Here is the link to the text of the story:
http://posyo.narod.ru/LITERATURE/love.htm

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Adam by Kurt Vonnegut -- Review

In the short story “Adam” by Kurt Vonnegut the main character is a man (his name is Heinz) who is waiting in the waiting room of a maternity hospital.

He and his wife are holocaust survivors. When a nurse informes Heinz that his son is born, he is very excited and wants to share it with everyone around him. But people are indifferent.

Kurt Vonnegut showed in this story how a life’s experience influences the ability of people to feel one another’s grief or joy.



This is a link to the text of the story:
https://learn.k20center.ou.edu/api/lessons/1c2bb46ffdf0fed14bcbaaaf4904ec70/AdambyKurtVonnegut.pdf