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I want a help

Postby aicha » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:29 pm

Hi,to all,I am studying English language at university;I call all who read this message I want some help from you by send me some books in English Literature,Linguistics,British and American Civilisation.I don't need new.My email is aicha84@maktoob.com to whom their interest to help me.Thank you.
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Charles Dickens

Postby aicha » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:48 pm

please,some helps about these questions:
1-What themes does Charles Dickens tackle in Hard Times?
2-in this story,how does he react against Industrial Britain's values?
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Re: Charles Dickens

Postby Dixie » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:12 pm

Why don't you try to read the book first? :roll:
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Re: Charles Dickens

Postby Dixie » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:25 pm

Anyway the main theme is the Industrial Revolution and the lower classes during the 19th century in England. If you don't feel like reading the book before your assignment, you could check the net. I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for. But be careful and don't copy directly from the websites because teachers NOTICE this!
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Where can I read books online ?

Postby Annaa » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:01 am

Hi girls nd boys.I wonder if I can read somewhere books online.If someone of u know any website 4 that plz tell me .Bye bye :-D .
If you don`t like me remember it's mind over matter..I don't mind and you don't matter..
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tell me!!

Postby anzal » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:07 pm

Hi! I am Angie from Costa Rica. Tell me about the writeres of your country and also about what is your favory book. The books that I like the most are about Fantasy... thanks!! {-:
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A Review of Hsu ChiCheng's REAPPEARANCE

Postby rksingh » Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:35 am

BOOK REVIEW: Dr. R.K.SINGH


Hsu Chicheng. REAPPEARANCE. (Chinese-English). Trans. Yang Zongze. Publishers: The Earth Culture Press (USA). Chongqing City, P.R.China, 2008, pp. 153. Price: US$ 15.00. ISBN 978-0-9637599-6-5/A.061


Getting old is not only natural but also a blessing from God. It is an opportunity to rejuvenate oneself by re-living with hope in life. Hsu Chicheng, a renowned contemporary Chinese poet, writer and translator, with an oeuvre of 15 books, including eight poetry collections, stands for aging gracefully. A specialist in reading and writing, and widely translated in Greek, Japanese, English and Mongolian, Hsu looks at the aged and aging respectfully.


There are people over 50 who feel more like 35, or even less. Hsu Chicheng, at 70, confidently looks for “another world” and “another spring” as “a just born”. “I am only a baby,” says the retired academic. He feels free: “I have got rid of the fetters of time and watch.”

I find the poet inspiring as he is not discouraged by the age he has reached. Rather, poetry makes him young; he tries to do or get better by not stopping his creative faculty from thinking and dreaming just as he keeps “climbing a mountain” or “having a stroll in spring” or “waiting patiently” or “remasticating again and again”.

The bilingual poet and special editor-in-chief of The World Poets Quarterly , Hsu Chicheng makes aging an enriching experience. As a poet of hope, he observes life a la natural cycle and rhythm:

“Is it time for you to get off work?
Yet you look back again and again
What and whom are you reluctant to part with?
….
Look! The sun
Is coming with its strong rays
Like the surging waves
In Yangtze River…”

(‘The View in a Winter Morning’
and

“The collapse of winter, a tyrant
To welcome spring’s arrival
That day
The world will be fully filled with
Sunlight, flowers and joy”

(‘A Hope in Winter’)

and

“Yes, she is busy indeed

Yet she doesn’t feel tired and works day and night
Always appearing joyful, beaming with smile
Her best wish is to see
All things on earth come back to life
The growing, blossoming…”

(‘Spring is Busy Now’)

The poet seeks to live afresh, making sense of the contemporary life, naturally, joyously, and talking, singing, running or walking fast like a Youngman, or even dancing like a drunk person. His poems, as Hsu acknowledges in the preface to Reappearance, bespeak a return to youth and childhood:

“We raise our heads and overlook, expecting another world
We raise our heads and overlook, expecting another spring.”

(‘Reappearance’)

He turns spiritual as he declares:

“When spring comes and the chance appears,
I will turn into a butterfly, flying gracefully
Into a bright flower of poetry.”

(‘Turning into a Butterfly’)

Another striking aspect of Hsu Chicheng’s poetry is the expression of social awareness. He is deeply rooted in his native consciousness as a Taiwanese and, despite the winds of change, he follows his own way: “I only persist in my own ideal/ I am not a migratory bird/ I love this land” and “I will never give in.” He sounds tense by the pulls of political changes and the pace of communication revolution just as he seems convinced that the reality is not what is real.

As he confronts the new realities facing Taiwan, Hsu Chicheng expresses his anger: “Those politicians…/ Have taken away/ All the benefit of spring/People have to sink into the abyss of suffering.” With the disposition of a fighter, Hsu wraps his social concerns in nature imagery and makes poetry a means of protest against the nightmarish existence, sustained by swindlers, plunderers, criminals, murderers, corrupt officials and schismatic politicians et al. He ironically asks: “How could it be like this?” Yet, he is confident: “Taipei always is the starting point of revival” and “Happiness and richness will surge.”

It seems the pressure of globalization and socioeconomic changes vis-à-vis the political identity of the Taiwanese litterateurs made Yang Zongze choose Hsu Chicheng’s poems for rendering into English. Hsu deserves to be more widely known and poet-translator Yang Zongze appears textually quite subtle and effective in communicating the Taiwanese poet’s world-view, which is rich in images of nature and society and seeks to uphold humanity and justice. Kudos to Yang’s stirring and empathetic labour of love!



Dr. R.K.Singh, Professor & Head, Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad 826004 India
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Re: Anything about books!

Postby PrinnySquad » Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:07 am

Have you guys ever heard of the book "Little Prince"?
I just picked it up yesterday and didn't have time to read through it yet. It is a small and short book but I bought like 3-4 self-help books yesterday.

I finished "Don't eat the marshmallow just yet" yesterday. It was an delighting experience, the book is written in form of dialogues between a boss and his driver talking about Patience (the boss himself named Mr. Patient), which are mostly fictional. It mainly extols the virtue of patience and talks about an simple experiment conducted at Standford 20 years ago that shows that kids who can stand the luring desire of a candy today, can get two candies tomorrow and so on.

I want to digress a little bit, does anyone find real fictions with delicately and finely detailed characters and a meaningful or complex plot would help you learn a lot than few of those self-help books? Self-help books can be useful, but I think they are but complementary.

Does anyone know a site that has PDF ebooks?
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Learning about books!

Postby mini » Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:14 pm

I am learning English.If it is possible to explain me the story The Moon and Sixpence, by W. Somerset Maugham in spoken English language.Or another Mythological novel story in spoken language. I have not understand single word of The Moon and Sixpence story .And I do not have any idea of the said story.
If anyone read Panchatantra by (author)Ryder -Please tell me in too short the first chapter.Or explain me this sites short stories in spoken language. 5to6 lines only.If possible teach me as postal or while chatting.
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Learning about books

Postby mini » Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:39 pm

I am learning English.I have book --The Golden Road to English Literature It represent,s Travel in the Desert .By Aw Kinglake.If it is possible to explain me the story.Or The Moon and Sixpence, by W. Somerset Maugham in spoken English language.Or another Mythological novel story in spoken language. I have not understand single word of The Moon and Sixpence story .And I do not have any idea of the said story.
If anyone read Panchatantra by (author)Ryder -Please tell me in too short the first chapter.Or explain me this sites short stories in spoken language. 5to6 lines only.If possible teach me as postal or while chatting.
Thanking You
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