Book reviews by learners for learners
By Daphne du Maurier. (Penguin Easy Readers)
Reviewed by Freddy (Davnet’s class)
Rating: * * * * *
What kind of book is it?
It’s a romance[love affair]
What’s it about?
It’s about a man, Maxim de Winter, who tries to get a second chance in his life by getting a second wife after the death of his first wife. However, the memory of his first wife is unforgettable, and this has consequences in his new love life.
What did you think of it?
I think it’s a double tragic story. The first one is the death of Rebecca that he can’t forget because it’s difficult to forget what’s good in your life. Then he decides to have a new love to start his life again but this idea turns into a nightmare.
Some new words/expressions I learned:
words: tablecloth, handkerchief, redecorated, cheerful, surprisingly, undoubtedly, madhouse.
expressions: single well-known face, self-consciousness, lay my table for two, empty foolish face.
My advice for students reading English books.
Be sure that the English Book level chosen can be understood. If you’re a beginner, do not try an advanced book, check the level of English in the book to make it easy for yourself.
Chose your favourite type of book [e.g: romance]. That will help you a lot because you know already about what you have to read, so when you like something, your brain will be able to guide you to context.
Then, read the book trying to understand the story. It’s a big mistake when you waste your time checking every new word or expression used in every paragraph. You can have your notebook with you where you can put all new words or expressions and check the meaning when you finish reading the book.
1- Read the book and try to understand the story.
2- Check new words and expressions for yourself, but after reading the book.
If not, you’re reading just to find new words or new expressions and their meaning. That’s really a waste of time and then you will never be able to explain the story. Every minute lost checking your dictionary, you’re disconnected from the context and reality. So, when you are able to understand your favourite book, try another kind of book for your general understanding of things.