- From: "Lynne Gardiner" <lgardinersacredheart.school.nz>
- To: <secondaryenglishmailinglist.tki.org.nz>
- Subject: [Secondary English] RE: ww2 texts: a stroppy reader and writer responds....
- Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:06:51 +1200
I couldn't agree with you more Tania... I found both the book and the film
trite, contrived and predictable. My then 16 yr old daughter agreed. There
are so many better books out there to study.
I have taught "Letters form the Coffin Trenches" to my Yr 11 CEN class..this
year and it certainly sparked some thought about the 'glory" compared to the
reality of war... and who the real enemy may have been.
I do love your contributions for their.. always slight irreverance... keep
Lynne Gardiner, BA, Dip Ed, Dip Tching.
Director International Students
Sacred Heart College
250 West Tamaki Rd, Glendowie
Auckland, New Zealand 1071
Phone: 029 200 8993
From: Phillip Roxborogh
Sent: Wed 2/06/2010 9:42 p.m.
Subject: [Secondary English] ww2 texts: a stroppy reader and writer
What I have found interesting, as I have moved from beautiful young teacher
(lol) to wise older mother (hen) is that, in the twenty years in between,
there has been a shift in attitude toward this terrible story. Thanks to
authors and filmmakers, we get a really vivid portrayal of that terrible
time. My own grandfather (and father-in law) suffered through WW2 in North
Africa and Egypt but I've since become friends with people whose fathers were
in those terrible camps. God, I don't know how they managed to come back in
Personally, I dislike Boy In The Stripped PJ;s - as did my own (then 12 year
old - what a stupid ending!). As a reader and a writer, I have a
philosophical problem with killing off the main character (I want happy
endings people!!!) which is why I was so upset at the end of Libba Bray's
latest (Going Bovine. - but, seriously, Tania, if the blurb says the main
character has mad cow disease, why could you think anything else might
happpen????). At least Libba Bray doesn't try to pretend it is all sweet and
As a teacher, I am David and The Wave ignite much more thought. Why would
you: travel so far and so long? risk your career? choose to do bad things?'
Boy in the Stripped PJ's, IMHO does not ignite such thoughts for the young.
Yes, for you and I who have seen and read all manner of literature of the
holocaust. Throw out Z for Zac and Striped PJs but keep the others which
niggled away at our consciousness.
My daughter's teacher studied The Wave with the class last year and now I
have a vehementily arduous young woman who is currently P***seed at Israel
for its treatment of those aboard that boat. She's angry and this mother will
not stand in her way while she considers her latest task: have we really
There. Said my piece.
who is: humble teacher, mother and sometime recognised author *grin*
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