- Tapa blanda: 76 páginas
- Editor: MADHUBUN EDUCATIONAL BOOKS (1 de octubre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 8125952128
- ISBN-13: 978-8125952121
Goodbye Mr Chips (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 oct 2011
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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. —Charles W. Eliot The Madhubun Reading Club series offers children an opportunity to enjoy reading stories that form a part of the classics of English literature crafted by great writers. The importance of reading can be gauged by its inclusion as either part of the curriculum or as a co-curricular activity in schools and Boards across the country. One of the main objectives of encouraging children to read, apart from language acquisition/development, is to help them grow into free-thinking, confident individuals capable of facing challenges in life and making the right decisions. Salient Features • Selection of stories and writers conform to those recommended by various Boards and schools • Books have been adapted and abridged from authentic texts to make them suitable for various age groups • Careful grading of language and vocabulary make for simple, easy reading • Colourful, vibrant illustrations bring the stories alive in the reader’s mind • Comprehension exercises at the end of each book are designed to make it a pleasurable activity, and can be easily used for grading by the teacher • An element of interest by way of extra information/web links on the movie and theatre adaptations of the books have been provided wherever appropriate, for further exploration. Happy reading!
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James Hilton, was born on September 9, 1900 in Leigh, Lancashire. His father John moved with the family to London where James attended various schools and edited and contributed to the school magazine. As an undergraduate he wrote his first novel, Catherine Herself in 1920. After leaving university in 1921, he worked with a Dublin newspaper. During this period the financial independence helped him to produce several more novels. In 1933, he wrote Lost Horizon. The book was awarded the Hawthornden Prize. The mythical paradise of Shangri-La in the book became a household word. Many of his books became worldwide hit movies. In 1933, he also wrote Goodbye Mr Chips an endearing story about an English school teacher as a tribute to his own father, who was the headmaster of a school. ‘Warming to the heart and nourishing to the spirit...The most profoundly moving story that has passed this way.’ So wrote the critic Alexander Wollcott when the book was published in America. And so it continues to be...
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I assume most folks know at least the rough outlines of the stories. In Lost Horizon, Hugh Conway, a British diplomat, is skyjacked and he & his traveling companions end up in the Himalayas. Eventually they are lead to the hidden Valley of the Blue Moon and the city of Shangri-La, where folks do not age and the powers that be are collecting all of the world's knowledge and greatest artworks, so that it will be safe from the turbulent political storms of the outside world. Eventually, the high lama reveals to the diplomat that he has been chosen to take over leadership of Shangri-La and after an abortive attempt to leave (at the insistence of one of his fellow travelers), Conway returns to assume his destined place in Shangri-La.
Good-bye, Mr. Chips, on the other hand, is about an eccentric but lovable British schoolmaster, Arthur Chipping (Mr. Chips). Seemingly destined to be a bachelor for life, he meets and marries a young woman who loosens him up quite a bit, before dying in childbirth. Chips is left alone, except that is for the succeeding generations of boys who pass through Brookfield School. After decades at the school, he retires, telling the assembled alumni, "I have thousands of faces in my mind. ... I remember you as you are. That's the point. In my mind you never grow old at all", only to be called back during WWI, at which point he becomes acting headmaster. One of his duties is to read the list of the school's war dead; for everyone else they are just names, but for Chips, each name has a face attached. After the War he reretires, after 42 years teaching Roman History and Latin at Brookfield.
On the surface, these two stories couldn't be more different, but reading them now I realize how similar they actually are. Shangri-La is an oasis of civilzation in a world that was after all between two World Wars. It is a place where the great achievements of our culture will be preserved, even if war consumes the rest of the World, which for much of this Century seemed like a possibility. Mr. Chips, meanwhile, is the living embodiment of institutional memory. The classes of boys, the teachers and headmasters, even the subjects and teaching methods, come and go, but Chips has remained throughout. He "still had those ideas of dignity and generosity that a frantic world was forgetting." He embodies the pre-War world and its values. In his book Mr. Bligh's Bad Language, Greg Dening says that: "Institutions require memory. A memory creates precedent and order." In the very midst of an epoch that was witnessing an unfettered attack on all of the West's institutions and values, Hilton created Shangri-La and Mr. Chips; both represent the conservative ideal--providing a bridge of memory to all that is beautiful and good and decent in our past, lest, in our zeal to create a perfect world, we forget the qualities and accomplishments which bequeathed us the pretty good world in which we live.
These books are unabashedly sentimental and I'm sure some would even find them mawkish. But I love them and I appreciate the subtley non-political way in which they make the most important of political points: even as we move forward we must always preserve those things and ideas of value in our past.
Mr. Chips GRADE: A+
Lost Horizon GRADE: A
What is it that makes this sentimental story of a schoolteacher so appealing for so many people? Well, I believe, if we're lucky, some of us have had the good fortune in our early school lives to have had Mr. Chips as a teacher. School -teachers can have a profound influence on our lives, changing our destinies, instilling a single thought or lesson in our young minds that shaped our perceptions of the world. Mr. Chips was a schoolteacher and nothing else, a modest individual who knew his place in the world and performed his job to the best of his ability for over sixty years. He taught generation after generation of young men, a constant in the lives of many. This, I believe, is one of the secrets of teaching: assuming a stable position, being dependable and a constant for students, because more often than not, their personal lives are chaotic and forever changing. Mr. Chips also deeply cared about his students, and observed their progress through life even after their departure from the school. This is a great teacher.
Critics back in the thirties when the novella was first published called it "the most profoundly moving story that has passed this way in several years." The story has become a classic because it will be just as relevant one hundred years from now.
It is so easy for sentimentality to slide into mawkishness, however, Good-Bye Mr. Chips is not overly sentimental, but touches the heart in just the right manner, inciting our own experiences of individuals met who had a deep affect on our lives.
There have been many film adaptations of this novella, all very good in their own ways, but I suggest if you haven't read the original to do so, as it truly is a timeless classic.
This is a simple story of the life of an English boarding school teacher, a reminiscence from the vantage point of old age, where the accomplishments and disappointments of his life can be properly seen in their entirety. Starting as a young teacher whose main problem is maintaining discipline in the classroom, who still has at least a few ambitions of becoming headmaster at a possibly more prestigious school, Arthur Chipping is portrayed as an average person with perhaps a proclivity to being dogmatic and unyielding in his opinions and methods of teaching. As he grows older, the ambitions recede, replaced by an acceptance of his place within the system, but his rigidity in outlook becomes more pronounced till he marries. His wife's influence does much to make Arthur not only more accepting of other viewpoints, but a kinder, more compassionate man, whose fairness and length of service does much to endear him to his students. Further events in his life eventually lead to his becoming something of an institution, a fixture as much a part of the school as the walls.
The character of Arthur is obviously well defined and is easy to empathize with. However, for American audiences that are not very familiar with the English school system, there is a vagueness about the school, how it is run and the profound influence it has on its students, a lack of background information and clear portraits of the students that really needs to be there to properly understand Arthur's story. This is where the various movie versions of this story surpass this book, as this background can be easily shown in that medium, whereas the book assumes the reader already knows this type of information. Even with this failing, however, both the respect that Mr. Chipping eventually earns and the overriding theme of the constancy of the institution shaping the lives of its students into proper English gentlemen can be easily seen and appreciated.
This book is quite short, but within its confines it manages to define both its major character and a system of learning very well. For those who attended similar institutions, its ending may very well produce some tears and a feeling of `that was my teacher'. Others not familiar with this type of school may find their time better spent watching the movie.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)