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1: Pasternak | Boris Pasternak was a Russian writer you was successful throughout his life. He wrote many poems but he wasn’t known because of that he was known because he wrote a novel called Doctor Zhivago. He always wanted to go to the Russian army to work but because of his childhood injury he was not allowed to go. Because of that, he worked in libraries and factories which he also enjoyed but not as much as military work. In 1929 he married a women named, Yevgenia Vladimirovna in which he had a child. In 1931 he got divorced and married another woman named, Zinaida Nikonayevna and with her he had his second son.
2: Bridge on the River Kwai | Bridge on the River Kwai was a movie filmed in 1957 but took place in 1943. It was announced the best WW2 movie ever. It won seven academy awards and other prizes. The director David Lean won an Oscar Award, Alec Guinness won best actor award of the year. This film was filmed in Thailand. It all starts because the Japanese had British prisoners, they were told to build a railroad bridge over the top the river of Kwai to connect with Bangkok and other countries. They wanted to build that bridge because the Japanese wanted to get to India by land. The movie theme song was composed in 1914 and was called “Colonel Bogey March” written by Fredrick J Ricketts.
3: Kerouac | Jack Kerouac was a person with a big imagination in a poetic way. Jack was born March 12th 1922 and at a very young age started writing. He wrote many poems and novels throughout his life. But his most famous novels were “On the Road” which he wrote in 1957 and he also wrote another novel called, “The Town and the city” and was written in 1950. “On the Road was the best-selling book of that year. He didn’t become famous because of his poems he became famous because of his novels. But sadly he died the 21st of October 1969 at an age of 47. It is said that he was an alcoholic and that was why he died at such a young age.
4: Chou-En Lai | Chou En-Lai also named Zhou En-la, was born in Huaian, Kiangsu Province, China in 1898. He came from a wealthy family. His parents died when he was young which because of that is why he was sent to Muken to live with his uncle. There is where he first saw the idea of socialism but he wasn’t interested on it yet. After a couple of years he went to Japan and studied in Nank’ai College where he got to learn about leadership and different kinds of leaderships. Later on he joined a junior communist group and in 1920 the whole group got arrested for 4 months. After he was let go from jail he went to live in France where he really got interested in the idea of socialism and communism. And in 1924 he came back to China and worked at Canton at communist-KTM headquarters. Where he got to work with future CCP leaders like Chu Teh and Ch’en Yi. En-Lai died January 6th, 1976.
5: Mickey Mantle | Mickey Mantle was a very famous baseball player. He was born on October 20 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Although he never played for his home town he played for the New York Yankees. Where he held many records and won many awards. For example he ended up being the 3rd baseball player with most home runs, he had 536 of them. He also perused his dream of being in the hall of fame which he did in 1974. In 1956 he won the Triple Crown ward and also won # American League MVP awards. He in 1951 married a woman named Merlyn Johnson. But it was his injury that is said that lead to his first retirement. During a game he was running to catch a fly ball as well as another outfielder in his team, so when his teammate scram ”mine” Mantle stopped so fast that he tore his knee cartilage.
6: Quiz | 1.What did Pasternak Dedicate his life to? 2.Bridge on the River Kwai, was it? A place, movie or dream? 3.How many home runs did Mickey Mantle do? 4.What was Kerouac’s most famous novel? 5.What place in Europe did Chou-En Lai go study for a while?
7: Bibliography | Pasternak: http://quintessentialruminations.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/pasternak1.jpg