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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Великий Гэтсби


Автор: Дмитрий Коропенко

Великий Гэтсби Ф. Скотт Фитцджеральд скачать слушать онлайн

Уровень: начальный средний и выше.

Великий Гэтсби” знаменитого американского писателя Френсиса Скотта Фитцджеральда – это шедевр американской литературы. Я познакомился с этим удивительным романом в университете, когда мы изучали американскую литературу. Тогда я прочитал “Великого Гэтсби” в оригинале, на английском языке, и хочу вам сказать, что книга читается довольно легко, просто, поэтому в самом начале статьи я указал уровень “начальный средний” – даже если вы пока не чувствуете себя свободно в английском, вы можете осваивать эту знаменитую книгу со словарем.

Я не буду сейчас вдаваться в психолого-социальные аспекты этого произведения – вы сделаете свои собственные выводы в процессе чтения. Есть в книге и любовь, и мечты, и лицемерие, и слепое желание следовать стаду – все атрибуты человечества, как прекрасные, так и те, что вызывают у нас презрение и негодование.

Ниже я привожу краткое описание “Великого Гэтсби” на английском языке – прочтите и “разомните” свой английский.

После описания вы найдете ссылку, по которой вы можете скачать “Великого Гэтсби” или читать книгу онлайн.

Читайте “Великого Гэтсби” не спеша, с удовольствием. Вы, вероятно, помните: чем медленнее мы осваиваем английский язык, тем быстрее мы прогрессируем в английском.

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

Fitzgerald, inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island’s north shore, began planning the novel in 1923 desiring to produce, in his words, “something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” Progress was slow with Fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the  in 1924. His editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was too vague and convinced the author to revise over the next winter. Fitzgerald was ambivalent about the book’s title, at various times wishing to re-title the novel “Trimalchio in West Egg”.

First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades. Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title “Great American Novel“. The book is consistently ranked among the greatest works of American literature. In 1998 the “Modern Library” editorial board voted it the best American novel and the second best novel in the English language.

(From Wikipedia)

Скачать текст книги “Великий Гэтсби” или прочесть книгу на английском языке онлайн вы можете здесь:

“Великий Гэтсби” – “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Скачать аудио-книгу “Великий Гэтсби” Ф.С. Фитцджеральда вы можете здесь:

Аудио-книга “Великий Гэтсби”

Красивого вам английского!

До встречи,

Дмитрий

 

 


The Pig Brother (Братец-Свин)

Автор: Дмитрий Коропенко

Children's Short Works аудио-книги для детей

The Pig Brother – audio-story from the Children’s Short Works Collection – a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain

Уровень: начинающий и выше.

Добрый день, познакомьтесь с небольшой аудио-историей для детей и начинающих учить английский язык. Она увлекательна, проста для понимания на слух и пестрит великолепными словосочетаниями.

Вначале прослушайте историю несколько раз, затем прослушайте ее несколько раз, смотря при этом в текст, затем прочтите текст внимательно, стараясь понять незнакомые слова. Я привожу ниже некоторые новые слова из этой аудио-книги, которые, скорее всего, будут незнакомыми для новичка в английском. Затем старайтесь прочесть эту аудио-сказку на английском с такой же скоростью, как и диктор.

Обратите внимание на следующие словосочетания:

Pay some attention to the following phrases:

spilled ink on his best pinafore;

–  I set things to rights here;

– Presently a squirrel came along;

– whisking his tail;

– The squirrel looked him over;

– Why do you insult me?

– He whisked off;

– a wren came hopping by;

– What impertinence!

– smoothness and beauty;

– ruffling his feathers;

– said the Tommy Cat haughtily;

– I am humbly thankful to say;

– a pig came trotting along;

– I confess I am not proud of you;

– he clung to the Angel’s dress.

The key words are in bold – ключевые слова отмечены жирным шрифтом.

Текст аудио-сказки на английском языке “The Pig Brother” вы можете прочесть и скачать здесь:

Текст “The Pig Brother” – найдите страницу №1 в оглавлении на открывшейся странице.

 Слушать онлайн аудио-сказку “The Pig Brother”.  Выберите аудио №10 в списке аудио-файлов.

Скачать аудио-историю “The Pig Brother”.  Для скачивания кликните справа на открывшейся странице зеленую кнопку “Download” – вы скачаете весь сборник как архив. Аудио-сказка “The Pig Brother” будет под номером 10.

Красивого вам английского!

До встречи,

Дмитрий

 

 

“Гекльберри Финн” Марка Твена – Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Автор: Дмитрий Коропенко

Уровень: средний и выше

Приключения Гекльберри Финна

Книга “Приключения Гекльберри Финна”, созданная знаменитым Марком Твеном – один из великих шедевров американской литературы. Язык книги довольно разнообразный по своим стилям и сложности, очень часто вам встретятся неграмотные цитаты негра Джима, которые трудны для понимания – читайте их быстро и сильно не углубляйтесь.))

Ссылка на текст книги, как обычно, – после краткого обзора произведения и некоторых выделенных интересных фраз – подумайте, как вы их понимаете и какие можно к ним подобрать эквиваленты.

Plot Overview

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn opens by familiarizing us with the events of the novel that preceded it, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Both novels are set in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, which lies on the banks of the Mississippi River. At the end of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, a poor boy with a drunken bum for a father, and his friend Tom Sawyer, a middle-class boy with an imagination too active for his own good, found a robber’s stash of gold. As a result of his adventure, Huck gained quite a bit of money, which the bank held for him in trust. Huck was adopted by the Widow Douglas, a kind but stifling woman who lives with her sister, the self-righteous Miss Watson.

The novel begins with Huck Finn introducing himself as someone readers might have heard of in the past. Readers learn that the practical Huck has become rich from his last adventure with Tom Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and that the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson, have taken Huck into their home in order to try and teach him religion and good manners. Instead of listening to his guardians, however, Huck sneaks out of the house at night to join Tom Sawyer’s gang and pretend that they are robbers and pirates.

One day Huck discovers that his father, Pap Finn, has returned to town. Because Pap has a history of violence and drunkenness, Huck is worried about Pap’s intentions, especially toward his invested money. When Pap confronts Huck and warns him to quit school and stop trying to better himself, Huck continues to attend school just to spite Pap. Huck’s fears are soon realized when Pap kidnaps him and takes him across the Mississippi River to a small cabin on the Illinois shore.

Although Huck becomes somewhat comfortable with his life free from religion and school, Pap’s beatings become too severe, and Huck fakes his own murder and escapes down the Mississippi. Huck lands a few miles down at Jackson’s Island, and there he stumbles across Miss Watson’s slave, Jim, who has run away for fear he will be sold down the river.

Huck and Jim soon learn that men are coming to search Jackson’s Island, and the two fugitives escape down the river on a raft. Jim’s plan is to reach the Illinois town of Cairo, and from there, he can take the Ohio River up to the free states. The plan troubles Huck and his conscience. However, Huck continues to stay with Jim as they travel, despite his belief that he is breaking all of society and religion’s tenets. Huck’s confronting the concept of slavery and Jim’s freedom continues throughout the novel.

Huck and Jim encounter several characters during their flight, including a band of robbers aboard a wrecked steamboat and two Southern “genteel” families who are involved in a bloody feud. The only time that Huck and Jim feel that they are truly free is when they are aboard the raft. This freedom and tranquility are shattered by the arrival of the duke and the king, who commandeer the raft and force Huck and Jim to stop at various river towns in order to perform confidence scams on the inhabitants. The scams are harmless until the duke and the king pose as English brothers and plot to steal a family’s entire inheritance. Before the duke and the king can complete their plan, the real brothers arrive. In the subsequent confusion, Huck and Jim escape and are soon joined by the duke and the king.

Disappointed at their lack of income, the duke and the king betray Huck and Jim, and sell Jim back into slavery. When Huck goes to find Jim, he discovers that Jim is being held captive on Silas and Sally Phelps’ farm. The Phelps think Huck is their visiting nephew, Tom Sawyer, and Huck easily falls into the role of Tom. Tom Sawyer soon arrives and, after Huck explains Jim’s captivity, Tom takes on the guise of his own brother, Sid. After dismissing Huck’s practical method of escape, Tom suggests they concoct an elaborate plan to free Jim. Tom’s plan is haphazardly based on several of the prison and adventure novels he has read, and the simple act of freeing Jim becomes a complicated farce with rope ladders, snakes, and mysterious messages.

When the escape finally takes place, a pursuing farmer shoots Tom in the calf. Because Jim will not leave the injured Tom, Jim is again recaptured and taken back to the Phelps farm. At the farm, Tom reveals the entire scheme to Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas. Readers learn that Miss Watson has passed away and freed Jim in her will, and Tom has been aware of Jim’s freedom the entire time. At the end of the novel, Jim is finally set free and Huck ponders his next adventure away from civilization.

Some interesting phrases to ponder over:

– a drunken bum for a father;

– an imagination too active for his own good;

– as someone readers might have heard of in the past;

– continues to attend school just to spite Pap;

– aboard a wrecked steamboat;

– “genteel” families;

– freedom and tranquility are shattered;

– in the subsequent confusion;

– disappointed at their lack of income;

– Tom’s plan is haphazardly based on several of the prison and adventure novels;

– Huck ponders his next adventure away from civilization.

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Вот ссылка на текст книги:

Приключения Гекльберри Финна (Марк Твен)

Читайте и обогащайте свой английский!

До встречи,

Дмитрий