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David Lodge

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Une interview de David Lodge un auteur génial !

André Brink

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

André Brink, South African Literary Lion, Dies at 79

books worth reading

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

This infographic reprensent the most borrowed library books (from The Guardian website)

What are you all-time favourite books ? What books do you recommend reading ?

100 Best First Lines from Novels

Monday, September 27th, 2010

les meilleures ouvertures de romans dans la littérature : en Anglais, bien sûr !

Lucian Freud

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Lucian Freud is a painter of german origin, born in 1922.

He is the grandson of Sigmund Freud, the famous psychnalyst.

Here are some of his paintings.

Freud’s subjects are often the people in his life; friends, family, fellow painters, lovers, children. To quote the artist: “The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really.

” I paint people,” Freud has said, “not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.”

 (a self-portrait)

tableau de Lucian Freud petit-fils de Sigmund Freud

more paintings here

La compréhension écrite au bac : Méthodologie

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

taken from : http://www.anglarene.com/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=254

Le temps étant limité, il est important de s’organiser de façon à être le plus efficace possible.

Tout d’abord, il faut essayer d’identifier la nature ou le genre du texte. On peut pour cela commencer par regarder la source, en bas à droite (est-ce un extrait de roman, de journal?), et la présentation générale du texte (y a-t-il du dialogue, etc).

Ensuite, il est intéressant de lire les premières questions posées avant même de lire le texte: on peut y apprendre pas mal de choses importantes qui vont guider votre première lecture, la rendant ainsi efficace. Vous avez peut-être déjà remarqué qu’une première lecture sans but est souvent stérile et inefficace. Les premières questions portant souvent sur les personnages et leurs liens, le lieu, parfois la période et souvent sur un ou plusieurs thèmes, elles donnent des indications précieuses qui vous permettre d’émettre quelques hypothèses sur le contenu du texte.

 Vous aurez alors à coeur de vérifier ces hypothèses, même limitées, lors de votre première lecture qui sera ainsi efficace: on lit toujours mieux lorsqu’on a un but! Inutile de s’arrêter aux mots qui vous posent problème, ne cherchez qu’à vérifier vos hypothèses.

Après cette première lecture, lisez cette fois-ci toutes les questions posées. Vous vous apercevrez que vous pouvez déjà répondre à quelques unes d’entre-elles, au moins partiellement: prenez tout de suite de notes au brouillon. Vous verrez que très souvent, la plupart des questions vous apportent en fait de précieuses indications sur les textes: si une question porte sur la nature des rapports entre un père et son fils, on apprend qu’il y a au moins deux personnages masculins, l’un étant le père et l’autre son fils, et que vous trouverez des indications sur leurs rapports. Non seulement ce sont des points d’appui pour lire le texte, mais en plus cela vous donne aussi une indication sur le genre littéraire: il s’agit probablement d’un roman ou les relations inter-personnelles sont importantes, avec sans doute un aspect psychologique.

Votre travail de deuxième lecture du texte consistera donc à vérifier ces nouvelles hypothèses, et à commencer à répondre aux questions, là encore sur un brouillon organisé: mots-clés d’un côté correspondant à votre réponse, éléments de justification de l’autre, à savoir termes ou phrases extraites du document ou encore numéros de ligne. L’utilisation du surligneur peut permettre de gagner du temps et de repérer certains éléments essentiels (personnages, lieux, marqueurs chronologiques ou logiques, etc.)

On procède ainsi à plusieurs relectures, chacune étant plus précise que la précédente: plus on a élucidé d’éléments du texte, plus on peut en élucider d’autres par la suite.

 Les mots inconnus Pas de panique: il y aura toujours des mots inconnus et il ne faut pas se laisser impressionner. On ne doit aucun cas s’arrêter à un mot inconnu, car on trouvera souvent des éléments après ce mot qui peuvent aider à le comprendre, du moins approximativement ce qui suffira dans beaucoup de cas.

 

Lorsque le thème essentiel est identifié et lorsque les éléments de base sont compris, on peut souvent déduire le sens des mots inconnus grâce à ce contexte. N’oubliez pas les mots transparents (semblables en français et en anglais, mais attention aux faux-amis!), les mots dérivés (recherchez la racine en retirant les suffixes et préfixes), les mots composés (ils sont parfois attachés, sans trait d’union). On peut alors émettre des hypothèses de sens pour ces mots, hypothèses qu’on vérifiera en s’appuyant sur le contexte, sur le sens du document.

 Un peu de bon sens

 Si vous ne comprenez pas certains mots ou certains passages qui ne sont pas indispensables pour répondre aux questions posées, ne perdez pas votre temps, passez à la suite!

 Attention aux consignes

  • Il est obligatoire de respecter l’ordre des questions et d’indiquer précisément leur numérotation. Bien séparer les réponses à chacune d’entre-elles en sautant une ligne: il faut que ce soit clair. Inutile de recopier les consignes, c’est une perte de temps.
  • Si on vous demande de justifier avec des éléments du texte, mettez vos citations entre guillements doubles à l’anglaise: ”  “, et surtout notez le numéro de ligne entre parenthèses juste après, même si on ne vous le demande pas. Votre citation pourrait bien être juste et ne pas avoir été prévue dans le corrigé. C’est votre intérêt de permettre à votre correcteur de vérifier rapidement (les délais de correction sont en effet très court ces dernières années).
  • Lorsqu’on ne vous demande pas de justifier votre réponse mais qu’on pose simplement une question, répondez-y simplement dans un anglais le plus correct possible. Soyez concis, allez à l’essentiel. Inutile de diluer, bien au contraire: vous perdez du temps et vous en faites perdre au correcteur. Les consignes de longueur ne sont pas à respecter au mot près, on tolère une marge de +-10%. S’il n’y a pas de consigne de longueur, dite ce que vous avez à dire le plus simplement et le plus clairement possible.
  • Ne mettez jamais un mot français si vous ignorez celui dont vous avez besoin en anglais. Dites les choses autrement.
  • Soignez la présentation et l’écriture. Un devoir agréable à lire et plus facile à corriger sera lu plus attentivement qu’un devoir illisible ou presque, c’est une évidence. C’est votre intérêt!

The Catcher in the Rye

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

 

                

Like all of us who read “The Catcher in the Rye”, I was saddened by the death of J.D. Salinger. That’s why I decided to tell you a few words about it today in class and I thought a short article would be useful.

Although J.D. Salinger has written many short stories, The Catcher in the Rye is Salinger’s only novel and his most notable work, earning him great fame and admiration.

At the beginning of his story, Holden Caulfield  is a student at Pencey Prep School, irresponsible and immature.  He has been expelled for failing four out of his five classes. Holden packs up and leaves the school in the middle of the night after an altercation with his roommate. He takes a train to New York, but does not want to return to his family and instead checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. There, he spends an evening dancing with three tourist girls and has a clumsy encounter with a prostitute; he refuses to do anything with her and, after he tells her he just wants to talk, she becomes annoyed with him and leaves. However, he still pays her for her time. Holden spends a total of three days in the city, characterized largely by drunkenness and loneliness. At one point he ends up at a museum, where he contrasts his life with the statues of Eskimos on display. For as long as he can remember, the statues have been unchanging. These concerns may have stemmed largely from the death of his brother, Allie. Eventually, he sneaks into his parents’ apartment while they are away, to visit his younger sister, Phoebe, who is nearly the only person with whom he seems to be able to communicate. After leaving his parents’ apartment, Holden then drops by to see his old English teacher, Mr. Antolini, in the middle of the night, and is offered advice on life and a place to sleep. Mr. Antolini tells Holden that it is the stronger man who lives humbly, rather than dies nobly, for a cause. This rebukes Holden’s ideas of becoming a “catcher in the rye,” a godlike figure who symbolically saves children from “falling off a crazy cliff” and being exposed to the evils of adulthood. Holden intends to move out west; he relays these plans to his sister, who decides she wants to go with him. He refuses to take her, and when she becomes upset with him, he tells her that he will no longer go.

The Catcher in the Rye is written in first person from the point of view of its protagonist, Holden Caufield, a writing style known as stream of consciousness), which seems to follow the protagonist’s exact thought process.

The Catcher in the Rye has been listed as one of the best novels of the 20th century.

These are the only two pictures we have of Salinger. Salinger became reclusive after the publication of The Catcher in The Rye and  gradually withdrew from public view. Some people think that he was unable to deal with the traumatic nature of his war service.

 

Quotations from The Catcher in The Rye :
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 1, opening words of book

 

I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 3
What really knocks me out is a book, when you’re all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 3
What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 1
Pencey was full of crooks. Quite a few guys came from these wealthy families, but it was full of crooks anyway. The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has – I’m not kidding.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 1
It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 1
People always think something’s all true.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 2
People never notice anything.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 2
Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.
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Mr. Spencer in Chapter 2
People always clap for the wrong things.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 12
I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 12
Anyway, I’m sort of glad they’ve got the atomic bomb invented. If there’s ever another war, I’m going to sit right the hell on top of it. I’ll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 18

Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 20

Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 22

That’s the nice thing about carrousels, they always play the same songs.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 25

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
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Holden Caulfield in Chapter 26, closing words of book

Bill Bryson

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Please visit http://www.anglarene.com/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=88 for more information on Bill Bryson.

Articles on Ellis Island

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

For the TL1 pupils,

please watch the videos on Ellis Island (there are 3 articles) –> use “recherche” and type “Ellis Island” to watch them.

The Statue of Liberty

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Situated in New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty has become the proud symbol of the United States of America.The statue of the Goddess of Freedom carries the light of the spirit of enlightenment to the Free World.

Alexander Gustave Eiffel, whose tower later made him famous, built the statues ingenious iron frame construction supported by a central shaft.Around this framework a 2.4 millimeter thick copper coating was attached to the statue and it is mainly due to Eiffels frame that the monument has withstood the bays savage winter storms.

On the 28th October 1886, North Americas most important statue was inaugurated by President Grover Cleveland.The statue was the design of a young sculptor, Bartholdi, who had eagerly accepted the work due to the fact that the commission of his design of a large female statue for a lighthouse on the Suez Canal had not reached fruition.

At first, the statue received little love and affection.Indeed, New Yorkers used the statue’ s unveiling ceremony for a protest demonstration! Since then, however, it has most assuredly conquered the hearts of those who have seen it and it has become a symbol of freedom for the whole of America.

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