Thursday, May 11, 2006

LETTERS FOR A SPY

1. WHAT’S IT CALLED? WHO’S IT BY? WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS IT?

The book is called ‘Letters For a Spy’. It was written by John Hare. It is a mystery book.

2. WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

The book is about a child, Bill, who went with his uncle Richard to Prague. They went to the Kadlecs’ house. In that house Richard’s cousin, Wendy, her husband, Vasil, and Vasil’s father lived together. They went to that country because Richard had to check up on a printing job in Prague. The Kadlecs were dissidents because Vasil was married to Wendy and she was a foreigner. And when Bill and Richard arrived they needed careful watching. Richard tried to go with Bill to visit different interesting places when he wasn’t very busy. One day, Bill met Misha. She said to him that she was a friend of Wendy, she gave him something for Wendy and told him that it was a present for Vasil. But when he was going home he left it on the train. When he arrived home he talked to Wendy and she explained to him that it was a very important parcel. Bill had to go to the station to get the parcel, and then he had to go to Dvorak museum to leave a letter there. Another day, Bill went with Richard and the Kadlecs to the Palace of Culture. While they were watching the performance someone killed a member of the audience. The member was Misha. Wendy said to Richard and Bill that things weren’t good and they weren’t safe, so they should leave the country. Finally, after a lot of difficulties, they go away and Richard explained Bill what had happened. He said to him that they were fighting for freedom and that Misha was helping them. The plan was that she would get them the last vital piece of the china puzzle, which contains a message with information damaging to the Russians. And that piece was the parcel which Misha had given him.

3. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? WHY?

I liked this book because I love mystery stories. These kind of stories have a lot of intrigue until you get to the end of the book. The book is very interesting and it seems something that it’s possible to happen in the real world, because in some countries the governments do things like these. They have the foreigners very controlled and they don’t accept that somebody from their own country marries a foreign and they watch over them.

4. SOME NEW WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS

I cannot afford to let the book get behind schedule = No puedo permitirme el lujo de que el libro esté hecho después de tiempo
Won’t Vasil and Richard be wondering what we are up to? = ¿Vasil y Richard no estarán preguntándose de que dependemos?
Everyone’s loyalties are tested = todas las lealtades se prueban
Neglected = sentirse abandonado
Shudder = escalofrío
Grin = sonreír
Be on duty = estar de servicio
Mutter = murmullo
Daytime caretaker = conserje del día
Frame = marco
Speechless = silencioso
Plunge = sumergir
Iron gates = verjas
Web = pozo
Fireplace = chimenea
Walnut tree = nogal
LYDIA GONZÁLEZ IBÁÑEZ

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