Friday, 26 September 2008

Bartleby the scrivener or how to refuse doing tasks

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet. He is nowadays very famous because of his novel Moby Dick.

I just have read Bartleby the scrivener. It is a short story about an elderly lawyer who has employed two scriveners. The first one is Turkey who is sober in the morning and gets drunk in the afternoons. The second one is Nippers, who suffers from indigestion in the mornings and is calmed down in the afternoons.

The lawyer is the narrator of the story and tells the readers this stuff before going to describe Bartleby, who is the third scrivener he hires. Bartleby is a very quiet man indeed. He almost doesn't move from his desk.

One day the lawyer asks his third scrivener to examine a paper with him but, to his surprise, Bartleby replies, "I would prefer not to". With this sentence, he refuses to that task and leaves his employee and his colleagues astonished.

I will not give further details of the story. I think it is a worthy reading. Click on the image to download the written work.

© Cristina Fuster Bertrand


Thursday, 18 September 2008

About love and life

A girl is going to get married and decides she wants her father to be in her wedding and to walk her down the aisle. Nevertheless she doesn't know who her father is. She comes across her mother's diary and discovers that there are three different men who could be her father so she invites the three of them....

It's a film in which the main characters are starred by women. It's a funny and sad movie. Those 3 men arrive at the Greek Island and the girl's mother sees them again. She had an affair with all of them during a summer a long time ago. Now her past is back and she must deal with it.

It's worth watching this movie because of the actresses, the music and songs, the choreography, the scenes... On the other hand there is just something I dislike: Pierce Brosnan singing. He is not good at it though he must have tried his best. Anyway, it is something we can forgive him after all his other performances as, for example, in Remington Steele, The Tailor of Panama, The Fourth Protocol, or the James Bond films.

This is the track listing:

Actors: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard.
Directed by:
Phyllida Lloyd.
Produced by:
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Benny Andersson.
ABBA (Source Material from songs), Judy Craymer (Source Material from original concept).
Genres: Comedy, Musical/Performing Arts and Adaptation.
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Release Date: July 18th, 2008 (wide).
Filming Locations: GreeceLondon, England, United Kingdom.
Produced in:United States.

© Cristina Fuster Bertrand




Friday, 5 September 2008

Reading a chapter, buying a book

Penguin Group is a one of the most important trade book publisher. It plays a leading role in publishing in the USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and China.

Penguin Tasters is a useful application which you can only find at the UK website. Internet users are able to read and print out the first chapter of a huge number of books. This is an advantage for reader because there is no need of buying a copy without having any knowledge of the product.

Here there are some books whose first chapter you can read:

  • - Fallen Angel (Kevin Lewis)
    Father Patrick Connelly, the stooped and elderly incumbent of the church of St Andrew's in Peckham High Street, was uncomfortably warm as he hurried along the path towards his place of worship.
  • - Life Class (Pat Barker)
    They'd been drawing for over half an hour. There was no sound except for the slurring of pencils on Michelet paper or the barely perceptible squeak of charcoal. At the centre of the circle of students, close to the dais, a stove cast a barred red light on to the floor.
  • - Gypsy (Lesley Pearse)
    'Stop playing that Devil's music and come and help me,' Alice Bolton yelled angrily from the kitchen. Fifteen-year-old Beth smirked at her mother's description of her fiddle playing and was tempted to continue louder and wilder.
  • - Secret Servant (Daniel Silva)
    It was Professor Solomon Rosner who sounded the first alarm, though his name would never be linked to the affair except in the secure rooms of a drab office building in downtown Tel Aviv.
  • - Got You Back (Jane Fallon)
    Stephanie closed her eyes and held out her hands, her son's almost uncontrollable excitement rubbing off on her and making her feel like a child again herself. It was hard to believe it had been nine years.

Have a try. Reading a chapter can mean buying later a good book indeed.

© Cristina Fuster Bertrand



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