Monday, 11 January 2010

A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice is a novel by the Australian author Nevil Shute.
This is one of the most interesting English side reader I have ever read.

At first, I couldn’t understand why the book is titled “A Town Like Alice”, but I found why the author named this title when I’m reading the last chapter. I think “A Town Like Alice” is fitting with this story. Alice Springs is a town in Australia, and it seems there is a film of this story. Click here!
There were lots of medical words in the story, e.g. dysentery, malaria, skin disease and etc. The Glossary at the end of the book would be helpful to understand these kind of words.

Points for Understanding
16-1: While Jean stayed in Willstown, she learned a lot about the place.
(a) How many people lived in Willstown?
There were only one hundred and forty people in Willstown.
(b) How many shops were there?
There was only one shop and one bar.
(c) Could women drink beer in the bar?
No, the bar sold beer to men only.
(d) What happened to the girls of Willstown when they grew up?
They left Willstown, because there is no job for them.
(e) Where would Jean want to live if she married Joe?
She would want to live somewhere else