Category: Books


Revise and test yourself on this site : BBC Bitesisze

(do the tests)

An interesting film to  watch :

Le cinéaste Robert Kane Pappas utilise les concepts Orwelliens de « double langage » et de « guerre sans fin » pour décrypter la situation actuelle. VO sous-titrée.  Documentaire de Robert Kane Pappas, 2004.
1h 45mn

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1984 by George Orwell,  a visionary book written in 1948:

The books are available here in English & inFrench

Here’s the trailer :

Extra information :

In London there is a « blue plaque » on the buildings where famous people used to live. On BBC learning English you can do a comprehension exercise about George Orwell with also some audio:  George Orwell

George Orwell

here is a quizz about G. Orwell

+ une petite sélection de liens


Books & films inspired by 1984

Terry Gilliam’s visionary film :


« It’s only a state of mind… »


V for Vendetta :

V for Vendettavendetta

which was adapted from a graphic novel (roman graphique = longue B.D.) by Alan Moore :

V for vendetta



Charlotte Brontë



 Emily Brontë



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A site that will give you lots of information about Wuthering Heights :

If you have problems remembering all the characters and places, here is the site you can consult :

A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy…

to read the book on line :

or listen to the audio version on Youtube : chapter 3 :

you can also find audio summaries (plus accessible):


List of Wuthering Heights references to help you find a personal document :

Reviews from the Guardian :

The Birds


John Wyndham & Mark Salwowski

Click on 1930s (mots-clefs) for other relevant documents

Steinbeck’s book is still relevant today > click here : In Steinbeck’s footsteps

(You’ll find the audio file of the video documentary in the audio Box under « Terminale » at the bottom of the page)

 The Grapes of Wrath:  (Les Raisins de la Colère)  is a beautiful film made about that period and based on Steinbeck’s novel.

Pour savoir comment prononcer « WRATH », cliquez ici

 * food for thought = de quoi réfléchir

fahrenheit 451

« You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. » Ray Bradbury

(« Il n’est pas nécessaire de brûler les livres pour détruire une culture. Il suffit d’amener les gens à ne plus les lire. »

And just to stay in a futuristic and apocalyptic mood :

KEEP SMILING ! …  some time in the future…




Here is an animated presentation of SHAKESPEARE, so you can learn a few things about him. There might be some difficult vocabulary, but give it a try (cliquez sur CC pour les sous-titres):



Voici un article du magazine Télérama intitulé « Ils eurent tellement faim… »

 concernant le livre « Hard Times » de Studs Terkel :

book page

(version PDF plus lisible: cliquez sur l’image ci-dessus)

The 3 Witches by Fuseli

« By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes ». « Open locks, whoever knocks! … »

« Mon pouce me pique et me dit que s’approche quelque maudit ».  « Ouvrez, verrous, à quiconque frappe chez nous  » 

(Macbeth – act IV, scene I – Shakespeare)

>   Did you know ?  <

The title of  the book by Ray Bradbury  Something Wicked This Way Comes  – (La foire des ténèbres in French) –  is in fact a quotation from Macbeth, the famous play by Shakespeare.    At the beginning of the play, 1 of the  3 witches says it, just before Macbeth appears.

Shock horror!

Voici l’extrait en question pour les amateurs de théâtre (2ème  minute environ):

VOC.  wicked = nasty = evil : mauvais (malfaisant)


   Here are the four book covers in colour of one of the activities of the new sequence : 

      4 book covers

Click here for : BBC plot summary

 » IT’S ALIVE!!!  «  (3 seconds)   Frankenstein's monster



you can view Frankenweenie again on U Tube:  PART I



Now, if you have 4 minutes you can watch an extract from a parody of Frankenstein.

The monster is alone and rejected by all but one day he meets an old hermit who is blind (aveugle) and lonely and who offers to share his meal with him.  As the creature can’t speak the old man thinks he is dumb (muet).  He gives him hot soup, wine and a cigar, but the creature runs away before the old man can serve expresso! (I wonder why…)


have fun!  Laughing Out Loud


This woman here is the bride of Frankenstein’s creature. See the connection with the end of Frankenweenie?

Love at first sight!


Voici un diaporama (fait par des bibliothécaires) qui passe en revue le genre fantasy/horror (des classiques à aujourd’hui)  que nous avons abordé en classe : instruisez-vous!  N.B. on peut ne pas être d’accord avec leur analyse des goûts des clients ! (patrons = clientèle)

Si cela vous intéresse vous pouvez aussi visionner celui-ci :

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Books & films inspired by 1984

Terry Gillian’s visionary film :


« It’s only a state of mind… »


V for Vendetta :

V for Vendetta

which was adapted from a graphic novel (roman graphique = longue B.D.) by Alan Moore :

V for vendetta


Terminales L : remember the reference to this novel by Thomas Hardy in the short story that we are studying at the moment? You can view here some of the pictures from the BBC adaptation of the novel (we don’t see the letter scene in this « trailer » but, anyway, it will give you an idea of the atmosphere of the novel)

– Nice soundtrack*, I think… :                                                         (*bande son)


> « SPOILER » : quand vous voyez ce mot, cela veut dire que la fin est révélée (cela vient du verbe spoil/spoilt/spoilt = gâcher) : you have been warned!

KING LEAR and the FOOL in the storm - William DyceIn the short story we are studying there are some literary references.  KING LEAR  is one of them.

Xmas spirit

The snowman by Raymond Briggs

Avez-vous gardé votre âme d’enfant? Are you still a child at heart?

If you are, you will probably enjoy this beautiful voice singing :  « Walking in the air ».  The Snowman is a popular English  children’s book adapted for the screen.  In this clip the young hero is flying to the country of snowmen in the north pole.  At one stage you can see them flying over Brighton, a seaside town in south east England.

Here is a clip from The Snowman by Raymond Briggs  (Unfortunately the images are not that clear)


If you like the clip and want to watch the rest, click on the picture on the left.  It’s mute (c’est muet) so you won’t have any problem understanding the story! There is just a short introduction by David Bowie.  

Ethel and ErnestRaymond Briggs has written other stories:   a graphic novel about his parents’ life (Ethel & Ernest) and a sad story about a nuclear holocaust in the UK.  (When the Wind Blows). (click on the pictures to know more) 

When the wind blows(si cela vous intéresse il est possible de visionner une partie de When the Wind Blows sur YOU TUBE, mais du coup nous ne sommes plus vraiment dans le « Christmas spirit » (sorry!) – Lisez l’article suivant ensuite pour vous y replonger …

Charles Dickens

click on picture

Learn about Charles Dickens and play a game


A Christmas Carol (Un chant de Noël ou Cantique de Noël) is just the story to read at Christmas.   French Version


+ Version anglaise simplifiée : < ICI > avec Exercices de compréhension.


Learn some Dickensian vocabulary with the BBC teacher here

 Angela’s Ashes is a book by Irish author Frank McCourt. It tells the story of his childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. The book was published in 1996 and  won the Pulitzer Prize

Angela's Ashes

 The film (1999), based on the book, was directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Mississipi Burning) 

« When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.  It was, of course, a miserable childhood : the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.  Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic Childhood. »

So begins the memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.

Angela’s Ashes was followed by another autobiographical novel : ‘Tis

seaman« WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR, early in the morning? … Hurrey and up she rises,hurrey and up she rises … »

Sur un  air traditionnel Irlandais cette chanson très célèbre  était chantée lorsque les marins levaient l’ancre ou hissaient une voile (« and Up She Rises »).

master & commander  Les marins, qui avaient la vie très dure à l’époque, la chantaient pour se donner du courage.  Peut-être que l’équipage du célèbre  CAPTAIN COOK, le grand explorateur, la chantait car elle était autorisée par la Royal Navy.

[Ex. sur les temps à partir de la vie de  James Cook]

.  On peut aussi imaginer la chasse à Moby Dick sur cet air là: 

MD illustrated  by Rockwell Kent

MD illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Voici une version des Irish Rovers, mais il y a d’autres versions…


Autre idée de lecture si vous aimez la fantasy :  Ship of Magic