Tuesday, October 03, 2006

TY Extended Essay Reading 1

Over the next few days we will post some reading recommendations from Transition Year pupils who are currently researching their Extended Essays.

Jane Quigley : "Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracey Chevalier : Having read most of Chevalier's novels, I find this one most interesting mainly because of all her protagonists, the girl in this book is the closest in age to me, and therefore I can almost feel a connection with Griet. The novel features love, both forbidden and unrequited, and change in many ways. I like it because it shows people maturing over a short period of time. So far little has happened in the large scale of things, but small hints have been given as to how (maybe) this love story might end."

Crispin Maenpaa : "Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami, is an excellent novel, which is one of the best Far Eastern novels I have ever read. Murakami portrays the struggle of a boy in an emphatic way. The novel is a little surreal on occasion, but he writes in such a flowing style that it doesn't matter. This is a truly stunning novel."

Victoria Cooper : "I'm reading The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve (pictured), and so far I find it very gripping. It makes me want to keep reading. It's about love, but it's also quite sad and depressing. Sometimes sad books make you want to read on."

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