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to improve my English?
does anybody know if there is any list of books for ESL?
Several publishing houses have "graded readers" for students of English. These are graded according to the amount of vocabulary learners are supposed to understand at different levels (beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, etc.). I'm not sure I can post the names of those publishing houses here.
Anyway, let us know how "easy" you wish the novels to be? It will be then easier for us to suggest something you can read. Also, what type of literature do you like? That will also help.
LearnerOfEnglish, that book is easy to read, if you are interested in the theme, of course.
My question was maybe too broad to answer(is it correct English?).
I am trying to read as much as possible as a way of improving my
English. Hemingway is popular for English learners for his simple
writing style and great story. Do you know any writer whose literature
is simple to read compare to other novels, but still has high quality
of literature? I can read some more complicated and sophiscated stylish
writings and I had read some but it takes too much time and hard to finish.
If you've read Hemingway and his books were not difficult for you, then you can read almost anything, in my opinion. As long as you don't choose to read Chaucer (the original versions of his writings), for example, you'll do great. The worst that can happen is that you may need to look up more words in the dictionary than you'd like to; but then, that's a way of learning new vocabulary... and in a meaningful context!
There's a very short novel by G. Orwell, "Animal Farm", which you might like. It's written in the style of a fable. It's an incredibly well-written novel against totalitarianism.
Orwell's other very famous novel
If you like mysteries, any of Agatha Christie's novels would be a good choice. It's certainly not sophisticated literature, but it's interesting if you like the genre.
Also, have you read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass"? Don't laugh at me, ok? These are not really for kids. You'll find Carroll
Some poeple think Oscar Wilde is complicated (he's one of my favourite writers ever!!), but try "The Importance of Being Earnest". It's not a novel but a play and, like everything Wilde wrote, it says much more than what the words themselves say.
Have you read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"? I assure you it's very different from what we're used to seeing in horror movies. It's a wonderful book.
And, of course, there's the book Elena suggested. I haven't read it myself, but I trust her judgement.
There are a million books you can read, you know? The problem is that every person you ask will, most probably, tell you a different thing. It all depends on personal preference.
I know people who love James Joyce and Virginia Wolf; yet, I wouldn't recommend their books even to my enemies! ~chuckles~
The final choice is yours. If you find something interesting
Something else. If you like sci-fi -and even if you don't!- try reading Ray Bradbury. Perhaps not a whole novel, but a short story. He's written many, and many of those are actually very short. The only problem you may find with him is
I ever expected from this forum Miriam.
I will certainly get some of those from your list.
I was gonna order several books tonight actually.
Thanks again for your recomendations and very helpful interesting
descriptions of the books.
* I was a big fan of Agatha Christie. I read almost every novel written by her when
I was about 12-13 yrs old. of course they were translated into my native language.
I wanna re-read them in English to see how I will find the difference in the same story
in different languages. =)
I'm glad to have been of help.
The same happened to me with Agatha Christie! I read most of her books in Spanish when I was a teenager.
BTW, where are you from? Or, what is your first language?
Thank you for your recommendation.
Is that woman, by chance, María Luisa Bemberg, the film director? I'm afraid I've never heard of that book before. Do you have any more information about it, please?
Thanks in advance,
[a review of the DVD restoration of the original movie]
"It's alive! Alive!" shouts Colin Clive's triumphant Dr. Frankenstein as electricity buzzes over the hulking body of a revived corpse. "In the name of God now I know what it's like to be God!" For years unheard, this line has been restored, along with the legendary scene of the childlike monster tossing a little girl into a lake, in James Whale's Frankenstein, one of the most famous and influential horror movies ever made. Coming off the tremendous success of Dracula, Universal assigned sophomore director Whale to helm an adaptation of Mary Shelley's famous novel with Bela Lugosi as the monster. When Lugosi declined the role, Whale cast the largely unknown character actor Boris Karloff and together with makeup designer Jack Pierce they created the most memorable monster in movie history: a towering, lumbering creature with sunken eyes, a flat head, and a jagged scar running down his forehead. Whale and Karloff made this mute, misunderstood brute, who has the brain of a madman (the most obvious of the many liberties taken with Shelley's story), the most pitiable freak of nature to stumble across the screen. Clive's Dr. Frankenstein is intense and twitchy and Dwight Frye set the standard for mad-scientist sidekicks as the wild-eyed hunchback assistant. Whale's later films, notably the spooky spoof The Old Dark House and the deliriously stylized sequel The Bride of Frankenstein, display a surer cinematic hand than seen here and add a subversive twist of black comedy, but given the restraints of early sound films, Whale breaks the film free from static stillness and adorns it with striking design and expressionist flourishes. --Sean Axmaker
And here are some decent books too
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By Roald Dahl,
By J.R.R. Tolkien
By Mark Twain
By Robert Graves
The Mote in God's Eye
by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle.
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Trilogy, Book 1)
By Ursula K. Le Guin
By Bram Stoker
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
French Lieutenant’s Woman
By John Fowls
By Hermann Hesse
By Vladimir Nabokov
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