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domingo, 30 de outubro de 2011

Book of the Month

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, especially after his experiences with the NKVD, and what he saw of the results of the influence of Communist policy ("ceaseless arrests, censored newspapers, prowling hordes of armed police" – "Communism is now a counter-revolutionary force"), during the Spanish Civil War. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as his novel "contre Stalin".

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To listen to this story, check out this audio book:

To watch the movie, go to Youtube:

My Trips - 5

Paris - France

I decided to spend the New Year's Day 1996-97 in Paris. The temperature drops to -5C during the day easy, but at night, with the wind blowing, the temperature sensation comes to -15C. It gets quite difficult to say "Bonne Année!" (Happy New Year!). Visitors should include a quick tour at the Catacombs of Paris, Père Lachaise Cemetery and a day trip to Palace of Versailles, besides the obvious points of interest this capital has to offer.

Louvre Museum

Notre Dame Cathedral

Père Lachaise - Jim Morrison (The Doors)


Palace of Versailles


Comic strips



The Far Side



Use the he/him method to decide which word is correct.
he = who
him = whom

Who/Whom wrote the letter?
He wrote the letter. Therefore, who is correct.
For who/whom should I vote?
Should I vote for him? Therefore, whom is correct.
We all know who/whom pulled that prank.
This sentence contains two clauses:  
We all know and who/whom pulled that prank.
We are interested in the second clause because it contains
the who/whom.
He pulled that prank. Therefore, who is correct.
We want to know on who/whom the prank was pulled.
This sentence contains two clauses:  
We want to know and the prank was pulled on who/whom.
Again, we are interested in the second clause because it contains
the who/whom.  
The prank was pulled on him. Therefore, whom is correct.

How about doing some exercises now?