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A Scandal in Bohemia

A Scandal in Bohemia

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

A Scandal in Bohemia

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

The short story “A Scandal in Bohemia“ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is about Sherlock Holmes, a deducing detective, and his assistant Dr. John Watson who solve crime cases together.

A woman called Irene Adler blackmails the King of Bohemia. He is afraid that she might try to make his new fiancé break up with him by her sending a picture to his soon to be wife.
The picture shows her and the king while the two of them had an affair years ago. Holmes tries to get the picture back from Ms. Adler but she is smarter than he thought..

I like about the short story that a woman plays an important role for the story.
Irene has a lot of characteristics that are said to be more “male” characteristics but it shows that the segregation of characteristics into male and female is just a stereotype and does not always fit.

Ronja

The Great Gatsby

The novel „The Great Gatsby“ by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a young man called Nick Carraway, who moves to New York City in the summer of 1922 to fulfill his “American Dream”. He lives in a fictional town called “East Egg” next door to a mysterious Millionaire called Jay Gatsby.
Gatsby throws huge parties at his Mansion but people don’t know a lot about him though. He is in love with Daisy Buchanan, who is Nicks cousin. The two of them used to be a couple but then Gatsby went to the war and since he didn’t return for several years, Daisy married a man called Tom Buchanan, a former football star. Tom is having an affair with another woman but even though his wife knows about that, she doesn’t want to get a divorce. All in all Nick learns a lot about the Society who has reached what everyone thinks is the “American Dream” and realizes that life isn’t perfect when you’re rich and you have what everyone else wants either…
The drama was published in 1925 in the United States during the time of Jazz and the Roaring 20s.

Der Roman beschreibt die Zeit in der 20er und 30er Jahren und die Gesellschaft in den Vereinigten Staaten sehr deutlich. Die Sprache ist relativ schwer verständlich, weil sie aus einer anderen Zeit stand und ich persönlich einige der Vokabeln nicht unbedingt kannte, weil sie nicht mehr zu dem alltäglichen englischen Vokabular gehören. Wenn man sich konzentriert, versteht man den Inhalt jedoch ganz gut. Die Sprache ist ebenfalls sehr bildhaft. Wenn ihr gerne englische Romane liest und/ oder euch die Geschichte der USA interessiert, würde ich es euch empfehlen, den großen Gatsby zu lesen. Dadurch werdet ihr definitiv ein anderes Bild von dem amerikanischen Traum bekommen…

Ronja

emma

Emma is a rich and rather strange young woman in the – she has never fallen in love herself but loves making matches (deutsch: Leute verkuppeln). Her male best friend Mr. Knightley, though, does not approve her “hobby”, especially not what she is doing with her friend Harriet Smith: Emma tries to pair her off with Mr. Elton, who – according to Emma – would be a good catch for Harriet, even though Harriet is madly in love with the farmer Robert Martin. Emma persuades Harriet not to marry him and to marry Mr. Elton instead. This turns out to be really stupid suggestion when Mr. Elton confesses his love to Emma. When Mr. Frank Churchill, a handsome and charming man, arrives in town, he seems to be really attracted to Emma who is very pleased by his character but not in love with him.

Harriet tells Emma that she fell in love and Emma immediately thinks that Harriet means Mr. Churchill. She encourages Harriet to show her love to him. Then things get complicated: After the death of Mr. Churchill’s rich aunt, he admits that he is already engaged with Jane Fairfax, a talented but poor girl. His dependency of his aunt’s money made it impossible to show his affection in public because his family would not have supported their love which is the reason for him pretending to be attracted to Emma. Emma, in the meantime, tells Harriet the story and expects her to be sad, thinking that she loves Mr. Churchill. But it turns out that Harriet is in love with Mr. Knightley who seems to return her feelings. Emma is shocked because she realises that she has been in love with Mr. Knightley all the time. How will things work out for her now? Is it too late for her to be truly happy? “Emma” is a funny and well thought out love story. While reading the book, you learn a lot about social structures in the time of Jane Austen – the late 18th and the early 19th century. Even though the story is quite old, it still is read by many people today and can be transferred to modern times as well.

Dieses Buch sollte auf Englisch möglichst erst von Fortgeschrittenen gelesen werden. Ähnlich wie bei „Jane Eyre“ (siehe oben) ist der Schreibstil etwas veraltet. Wenn du dir zutraust, dieses Buch zu lesen, achte darauf, nicht zu oft zum Wörterbuch zu greifen, denn sonst wird dir aufgrund der Menge an schwierigen Vokabeln der Lesespaß vergehen. Außerdem sollte man sich vorher darüber im Klaren sein, dass in der Geschichte im Grunde genommen wenig passiert. Das Leben früher war eben ein anderes als heutzutage und dementsprechend oft langweiliger. Allein die Tatsache, dass Emma sich die Zeit mit Verkuppeln anderer Leute vertreibt, zeigt, dass es in ihrem Leben wenig Abwechslung gab. Genauso wird es auch von Jane Austen dargestellt, weshalb der Roman an einigen Stellen etwas schleppend wirken kann. Insgesamt stellt er jedoch auf jeden Fall eine Bereicherung für deine Englischkenntnisse dar. Meiner Meinung nach ist es außerdem ein Muss für jeden Englisch-Liebhaber, zumindest einen der Romane von Jane Austen, einer von Englands berühmtesten Schriftstellerinnen, in der Originalsprache gelesen zu haben.

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Juli 2010

TheTalesOfBeedle

If you read the Harry Potter series, you might have already heard of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” which are mentioned by Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. They are supposed to be a collection of stories wizard children are told by their parents; therefor they all contain a moral to teach wizard children how to behave properly.
Joanne K. Rowling published those five tales as an extension to the Harry Potter series. Especially the last one, “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, is important for the seventh Harry Potter story because the Elder Wand, the stone that has the power to recall the dead and the Cloak of Invisibility are presented in the tale and in the Harry Potter book(s) as well. There also is a chapter in which Dumbledore “himself” comments on the last tale.

Wenn du ein Harry-Potter-Fan bist oder Märchen liebst, ist dieses Buch genau richtig. Auch für Englischanfänger ist dieses Buch durchaus geeignet, allerdings solltest du mit einigen englischen Begriffen im Bereich der Zauberei vertraut sein, da sonst Verständnisschwierigkeiten auftreten. Außerdem solltest du Harry Potter kennen und bestenfalls auch gelesen haben, um den Kommentar von Albus Dumbledore und die besondere Bedeutung der letzten Geschichte zu verstehen.

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September 2011

lullaby

‘This Lullaby’ is a book full of summer, love and youth. – Remy and her friends are done with High School and at the end of this summer they will all go their own ways to different colleges, different places, different new situations. All they want to do right now is having the best time of their lives – together! But that is not all Remy is going to experience this time:
Her mother will get married again, actually for the fifth time, and Remy, as the families allround-organisator, is chosen to be the wedding-planner. And last but not least there is Dexter, the totally unorganised and strange, but even attractive guy who sets her whole life out of control like no one else has ever done before. This summer is going to be the most spontaneously, uncontrollable, but also the best summer in Remy’s life
– a mixture of joy, sadness, new experiences, music, friendship and, of course, love! ‘This lullaby’ is a book for female teenagers at the age of 14 to 20, but could also be read by woman, because it is full of life-wisdoms. It is about how to get adult and about all the beautiful things the life is giving to everyone of us. A summer book which can even be read on rainy days – you won’t stop reading!

Um auch wirklich Spaß am Lesen haben zu können, solltet ihr bereits einige englische Vorkenntnisse besitzen. :-)

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Mai 2010

SistersKeeperkl

“The only way to save your daughter is to sacrifice her sister.” “My Sister’s Keeper” is a beautifully written book about life, family, death and love. Kate Fitzgerald has acute promyelocytic leukemia and no family member comes into consideration as a donor until her parents Sara and Brian decided to have an engineered baby (deutsch: ein künstlich hergestelltes Baby) who would save her sister’s live by being a perfect match. This designed child is Anna Fitzgerald.

Anna now is thirteen years old and sues her parents for the rights to her own body – she wants to make her own medical decisions about her body which, at the moment, she can’t due to the illness of her sister: She is supposed to give Kate one of her kidneys which is a dangerous surgery (deutsch: Operation) for both girls. Even though Anna loves her sister and understands very well that Kate will die if she doesn’t donor the kidney, she asks the lawyer Campbell Alexander to help her in court. Her parents are shocked, especially her mother Sara who will do everything to keep Kate alive as long as possible. She doesn’t accept any of Anna’s apologies and explanations and while Kate is slowly dying, the whole family is ripped apart. “My Sister’s Keeper” teaches you everything you need to know about life. And about love. About hard decisions which seem egoistic but aren’t and which affect a lot of people you love. This book makes you appreciate your own life more. And it brings everyone to tears. You are definitely going to cry – even if you read it in public. (Trust me, I’ve been there.)

Wenn du dieses Buch lesen möchtest, solltest du neben einer Packung Taschentücher auch sehr gute Englischkenntnisse haben und dir eventuell einige wichtige Begriffe aus der Medizin einprägen, denn die medizinischen Zusammenhänge sind auch auf Deutsch nicht ganz einfach. Am besten erkundigst du dich erstmal (z.B. im Internet) über Kates Krankheit, die „akute Promyelozytenleukämie“ (APL), damit du verstehst, woran Kate leidet und was und wofür Anna eigentlich genau spenden muss. Auch zu diesem Buch gibt es eine Verfilmung von 2009 (mit Abigail Breslin als Anna, Sofia Vassilieva als Kate, Cameron Diaz als Sara und Alec Baldwin als Campell Alexander). Ein persönlicher Tipp von mir: Guck den Film bloß nicht, bevor du das Buch gelesen hast, aber guck ihn danach auf jeden Fall (natürlich auch auf Englisch).

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Juli 2010

JaneEyrekl

“Jane Eyre” is a quite famous novel written by the also famous writer Charlotte Brontë. Jane is an intelligent and friendly girl. Her childhood is horrible, though: She grows up as an orphan and lives with her mean relatives who treat their own three children much better than they treat Jane. She suffers from being hurt emotionally and physically until a doctor suggests that her aunt should send her to Lowood School. The clergyman Mr. Brocklehurst, who runs the school, gives her a hard time by accusing her of being a liar in front of the whole school. This reputation stays with Jane until her teacher Ms. Temple reintegrates her. Jane's only friend Helen Burns dies of tuberculosis and the whole school suffers from a typhus epidemic which leads to Mr. Brocklehurst losing his position. This changes the school conditions completely and Jane decides to become a teacher at Lowood School later. When Ms. Temple marries and leaves Lowood, Jane leaves the school as well and becomes the governess of a french girl at Thornfield Manor where strange things happen at night:
Mr. Mason, a guest, is attacked and Jane hears someone laugh in the hall from time to time. Mr. Rochester, the kind but also mysterious behaving master of Thornfield Manor seems to know who is responsible for those events. Jane tries to find out more and develops a deep friendship with her master. She soon realises that she has fallen in love with Mr. Rochester who loves her back and pretends to marry another woman to make Jane jealous - he tries to find out what she feels for him. When he finally tells Jane that he loves her they want to marry but the marriage is disturbed by Mr. Mason who declares that Mr. Rochester is already married.
Will Jane find out what goes on at Thornfield Manor? Will she stay with her beloved Mr. Rochester? "Jane Eyre" is a rather old and still often read story. The fantastic and dramatic plot and the fact that the reader knows just as much as Jane makes the book an intense and interesting reading experience. It is suitable for teenagers and adults likewise.

Für diesen Roman solltest du schon sehr gut und fließend Englisch sprechen, denn der Sprachstil ist leicht veraltet (das Buch wurde erstmals im Jahr 1847 veröffentlicht). Für Anfänger ist dieses Buch deshalb nicht geeignet, sofern sie das Buch vorher nicht auf Deutsch gelesen haben. Für Fortgeschrittene ist es aber sehr empfehlenswert, da es sich um einen englischen Klassiker handelt und in jedem Fall eine Bereicherung der Literatur- und Englischkenntnisse darstellt.

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September 2011

AboutABoykl

Nick Hornby wrote a story about a boy, as the title already says. But the novel doesn't only contain the story of the “real” boy, Marcus, but also the story of his adult friend Will, who does not behave like an adult at all. So, in fact, Hornby's novel is about two boys. When Marcus' parents seperate, he moves to London with his mother Fiona. In his new school, he becomes an outsider immediately:
He doesn't have money and cool clothes, he doesn't listen to music other kids listen to and, most importantly, Marcus has a tendency to sing without noticing which is the main reason for other kids bullying him.
Fiona, though, doesn’t seem to notice her son being unhappy. She suffers from depression which also affects Marcus. It doesn’t matter whether he is at home or at school – trouble is already waiting, anyway. Will Freeman is an adult who never really does anything. His dad, a one-hit-wonder, wrote “Santa Super Sleigh” and Will still gets money from his dad's song which allows him not to work at all. Instead, he watches TV all day and listens to cool music. Also, he likes to go out with random women, especially single mothers, because they don't notice his bad character when they still hate the father of their child. To be more successful in dating this kind of women, he pretends to have a little son called Ned. It works. At first. When Will starts dating one of those single mothers (who happens to be friends with Fiona), he doesn’t know that his life will be changed forever: Will meets Marcus. He hates children and Marcus seems to be the strangest child he has ever met.
But their lives start getting connected when Fiona tries to kill herself and Marcus figures out a way to get her happy again – he wants Will to date his mother. Even though Will and Fiona don’t like each other even one bit, Marcus keeps showing up at Will’s apartment. When Will discovers that Marcus is bullied at school, he feels the need to help him. Without really noticing, the two different “boys” somehow become. But things get complicated when Ellie and Rachel show up in their already messy lives. “About a Boy” is a weird, smart and funny story which makes you feel sad and happy at the same time. It teaches the reader a lot about life in general without getting boring or corny.

Dieses Buch ist für Leser/innen geeignet, die schon gut Englisch sprechen. Ein toller Nebeneffekt beim Lesen ist, dass man englische Jugendsprache lernt, die man in der Schule sonst eher weniger behandelt. Da das Buch verfilmt wurde (mit Hugh Grant in der Rolle von Will), kann man auch super überprüfen, ob man das Grundgerüst der Geschichte verstanden hat.

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Juli 2010

Harry Potter kl

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ is a book about friendship, trust and destiny. Harry Potter is a 11 year old boy who comes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns to know the life of wizards. He grew up at his aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon who are Muggles ( non magic people) because his parents have been killed by the most feared wizard of all time- Lord Voldemort. Until the day a giant of man picked him up and gave him the letter from Hogwarts he didn’t know he’s a wizard. At School he learns to perform magic, plays Quiddich- the wizard sport and finds friends. Together with his friends Ron and Hermione he tries to find out what is hidden under Hogwarts. There they experience a big adventure where their strengths, cohesion ( Zusammenhalt), trust and cleverness plays an important role.

Das Buch ist sehr spannend geschrieben, sodass man gar nicht mehr mit dem Lesen aufhören kann . Es erfordert einigermaßen gute Englischkenntnisse. Bevor man das Buch auf Englisch liest ist es hilfreich, es schon mal auf Deutsch gelesen zu haben, weil darin viele Zauberfachbegriffe sind, die man sonst vielleicht nicht so gut versteht . Es ist für jüngere genauso gut zu lesen wie für ältere. Es gibt noch 6 Fortsetzungen der Harry Potter Bücher. Alle wurden verfilmt- allerdings kann man die Filme nicht mit den Büchern vergleichen, da in den Büchern viel mehr Details erklärt sind, wodurch man sie meiner Meinung nach besser verstehen kann, als die Filme. Diese sind jedoch trotzdem sehr gut .

Ronja

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