- Taschenbuch: 120 Seiten
- Verlag: Longman; Auflage: 2nd edition (25. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1405882611
- ISBN-13: 978-1405882613
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 130.022 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Chamber (Pearson English Graded Readers) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. September 2008
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"Totally hypnotic . . . scenes unfold and unfold and you can't stop reading.""--The Washington Post""A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties . . . Grisham is at his best."--"People"""The Chamber" does grab hold and it doesn't let go."--"The Boston Globe" "Compelling . . . powerful."--"USA Today" "Mesmerizing... with an authority and originality... and with a grasp of literary complexity that makes Scott Turow's novel's pale by comparison -- Grisham returns." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"."A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties... Grisham is at his best." --"People"."Compelling... Powerful... "The Chamber" will make readers think long and hard about the death penalty." -- "USA Today". "His best yet." -- "The Houston Post"."From the Hardcover edition."
Contemporary / American English (Available June 2008) The horror of death row is that you die a little each day. The waiting kills you. Seventy-year-old Sam Cayhall is on Mississippi's death row. Sam hates lawyers but his date with the gas chamber is close, and time is running out. Then Adam Hall, a young lawyer arrives. Can he and his secret persuade Sam to accept his help?
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I am sorry to say, that the so called "artistic" reading of the text by unknown reader gives me the great disappointment.
I am a student in Canada and studying English. I bought a few books with CD-s in order to use them to repeat after the reader, and realised that Penguin Readers doesn't understand the goals of the means to study English pronunciation this way.
There is no room to use changed voice in this case, like for kids listening the fairy tales. What I actually need and why I paid for the books, is: to HEAR THE NATURAL VOICE of the NATIVE SPEACKER and imitate him. How can I hear the natural voice and how can I repeat maximum close, if I cannot catch the articulation; moreover, this kind of articulation is something different than I need to learn?! Why should I learn the distorted voice?? Whose unprofessional ignorance allowed to produce the books FOR READING(!!!) with the reader acting apes instead of careful passing the art of articulating English sounds and words, as it is in all the other textbooks of this kind??
I remember there were some books of Penguin Readers with CD-s with the real and proper reading; I just enjoyed working with them. I greatly improved at that time, thanks to the professionals of Penguin Readers of THAT TIME that made their books so nice and qualitative. But this aping voice of this reader... this is just the insane failure for this kind of books: I would not recommend anybody to buy them unless Penguin Readers returns to the professional ENGLEASH TEACHER scoring, as it was before, and let their actual reader go (somewhere else: maybe, to score cartoons, if not swip the streets). I don't see any other way for Penguin Readers to make the quality books in a future: if guy does not understand where he is and what he is doing... why should I pay for his unprofessionalism??
Save your money, don't buy the book: the reader is terrible.
Two of my favorite movies are The Firm and The Pelican Brief, both based on books by Mr. Grisham. I place The Pelican Brief in my top ten movies ever.
This novel is NOT a thriller. It does not have a lot of action or plot twists, but it is well written and certainly kept my interest. I would have given it more stars but I did not like the ending. I was let down when I turned the last page as I was keyed up for a ........ Not only was the ending a total surprise to me but several items did not have closure.
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The Chamber tells about a fictional character named Sam Cayhall, condemned to the gas chamber because of a crime he committed in the late 1960's against a Jewish lawyer. Cayhall was an accomplice in setting a bomb that destroyed the lawyer's office and unintentionally killed the lawyer's two twin boys. With just a month before his execution date, Cayhall's grandson, a fresh, young lawyer named Adam Hall, arrives on the scene to save the day.
The Chamber forces the reader to wrestle with the idea of the death penalty. Thankfully, Grisham does not make Cayhall out to be a victim. The crimes are described in horrific detail, and we later discover that Cayhall was guilty of even more egregious sins than the one for which the government wants to execute him.
As the characters remember past events, the picture of sin and its consequences becomes more and more disturbing. Cayhall's son commits suicide. The Jewish lawyer whose sons were killed in the bombing is paralyzed and later kills himself. Cayhall's daughter becomes an alcoholic and spends significant time in rehab. While the father shows no remorse for his actions, the children suffer under unbearable guilt and shame. I have never read a book that so clearly demonstrates how God visits the iniquity of the fathers to the next generations.
But there is redemption here, too. As the book progresses, Cayhall's defenses begin to fall. He becomes repentant. He looks forward to his visits with a young minister. He affirms the Apostle's Creed and places his faith in God. By the end, he is ready to face death and to meet his Maker.
I heartily recommend The Chamber for its picture of sin and the destructive force it leaves in its wake, but also for the redemption that can come to even the most hardened criminal.
If you skip the book and decide to rent the movie, be aware. The movie isn't half as good as the book. (I know everyone always says this, but trust me on this one.) The redemption scenes are absent from the movie, as well as the minister's role. The consequences of sin are minimized. The directors added action to the movie that is not found in the book, and this makes the movie much less compelling.
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