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Upper 6th Form Reading Recommendations
- December 31, 2019
- Posted by: Malcolm Harrison
- Category: Uncategorized
Tim Yan-“Frankenstein”: The author Mary Shelly wrote it in 1818. It is considered the world’s first true science fiction. Frankenstein, the protagonist of the novel, is a biologist who is interested in the origin of life. With a criminal mind, Frankenstein frequented the burial chamber, trying to piece together a large body from different parts of the body. When the monster finally got life and opened his eyes, Frankenstein was frightened by his ferocious face so that he abandoned him and ran away, but he was in hot pursuit of Frankenstein for female companions, warmth and friendship; series of strange suspense and murder followed. The reason Tim recommends is that not only readers can gain a lot of fun, but they can also learn more about vocabulary. Furthermore, in the process of reading, people can get some moral inspiration. For example, we should not judge people with their appearance. Although some people are ugly, like Frankenstein, they still have a heart that spontaneously makes them want to love and be loved. We should not have stereotype because it might limit us having further understanding and progress.
Sky Lv-“The legend of King Arthur”: The tale was already popular in Wales in the ninth century and later in Europe through the literature of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Chretien DE Troyes, Wace, Layamon, Sir Thomas Malory and others have written stories about the holy grail. The subject came back into vogue in the Victorian period, with important writers such as Alfred Tennyson’s “Arthurian idyll” and t. h. White’s “Kings of the past and future.” Whether Arthur is a historical figure is uncertain. Medieval legend has it that he was a 6th century Christian crusader who led British tribes to defeat the Saxon invaders. He died at the battle of kamanland around 539 and was buried at Glastonbury. Sky said, the personalities of characters are very vivid, and battles in the plots are also very appealing. The chivalry is also one of the key parts that people can learn. In addition, students can know more about legends and stories in another culture.
这种传说故事在公元九世纪就已流行于威尔士，后来透过蒙茅斯的杰弗里(Geoffrey of Monmouth)的文学作品而流行于欧洲。克雷蒂安·德·特罗亚(Chretien de Troyes)、瓦斯(Wace)、莱亚门(Layamon)、马洛礼(Sir Thomas Malory)等人都曾写过有关圣杯的故事。维多利亚时期这个题材再度流行，重要的作家有丁尼生(Alfred Tennyson)的《亚瑟王之牧歌》和怀特(T. H. White)的《过往和未来的国王》。亚瑟是否为一历史人物仍无法确定。中世纪传说他是6世纪的战士，拥护基督教，率不列颠部落击败撒克逊入侵者，539年左右死于卡曼兰战役，后葬于格拉斯顿伯里(Glastonbury)。吕欣说，书中的人物性格非常鲜明，在一些事变前后的性格都非常不一样。剧中的对抗也非常有趣，大家可以学习其中的骑士精神，以及了解更多另一个文化下的传说和故事。
Jennifer Hu-“What money can’t buy”: A renowned political philosopher rethinks the role that markets and money should play in our society
Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit prisons, auctioning admission to elite universities, or selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?
In his New York Times bestseller What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they do not belong? What are the moral limits of markets?
In recent decades, market values have crowded out non market norms in almost every aspect of life. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.
In Justice, an international bestseller, Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating, with clarity and verve, the hard moral questions we confront in our everyday lives. Now, in What Money Can’t Buy, he provokes a debate that’s been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honour and money cannot buy? Jennifer claims that she learnt some basic economic terms from the book that enabled her to walk on the path of the Economics. There are many interesting examples in the Economics that links the life and economic terms together, attracting people reading the book and learning Economics.
在《纽约时报》(New York Times)的畅销书《金钱买不到什么》(What Money Can’t Buy)中，迈克尔·j·桑德尔(Michael J. Sandel)提出了我们这个时代最大的道德问题之一:在这个世界上，一切都是可以出售的，难道没有什么不对吗?如果是这样，我们怎样才能防止市场价值进入不属于它们的生活领域呢?市场的道德界限是什么?
Written by Joanna Huang, USF