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Geplaatst op 05 november 2007 - 20:31

Hallo,

zou iemand mijn Engelse samenvatting over het mooi boek: Being There, even willen nakijken? Eventuele correcties en fouten of verbeteringen in de zin. Of gewoon wat suggesties?

Chapter one.
The story begins with a boy/man whose name is Chance. Chance is a very honest person who always does what he is told. He lives in a house with a garden, separated from the street by a high wall. He has lived his entire life there with the Old Man and black Louise. He was told by the Old Man that he was an orphan and that he sheltered him in the house ever since Chance was a child. Chance’s mother died when he was born and nobody would tell him who his father was. He will never be able to learn, write or understand what others are saying. Chance’s work was in the garden and his name was Chance because he was born by chance. He had no family, although his mother was very pretty. Her mind had been as damaged as his. He wasn’t allowed to go outside the wall but was limited to the place behind the walls. His food would be brought by Louise. If he wouldn’t listen he would be sent to an institute for the insane where he would be forgotten. Chance always did what he was told to and was convinced that what the Old Man said was true. One day the Old Man suddenly dies.

Chapter 2.
The day after the Old Man died, two people came to the estate were Chance was living. They are both lawyers who are handling the estate after the Old Mans dead. Therefore they ask him who he is because they have no record of any man employed in the estate for the last forty years. They are very puzzled that he is nowhere mentioned in the list of employer. They are astonished when he says to them that he lives here his entire live with no papers or identity and was never paid for his work. They ask him to sign a document which contains a withdrawal of any claim against the deceased (the Old Man) and the estate. Chance pretends that he can read and write because on TV people who can’t are ridiculed. He decides not to sign just like on the TV and then they go away and say to Chance that he must leave the estate tomorrow because it will be locked.

Chapter 3.
Chance leaves the estate the next morning. He is for the first time in the outside world and is surprised that everything is just like on TV. When he is walking on the street, don’t knowing what to do, he is suddenly hit by a limousine. The owner of the limousine seems to be Mrs. Benjamin Rand and is called EE. He gets an offer to go to her home and being under consult of her husband’s doctors. Her husband is ill and has therefore his own doctors at home. Chance accept this offer and introduces himself as Chance the gardener but Miss. EE held him by mistake for Chauncey Gardiner. Chance doesn’t contradict this supposition and therefore he becomes Chauncey Gardiner. Chance responds on all the questions just like people do on TV and hides by this way his lack of social skills and knowledge about the outside world. He stays several days with Ms. EE and her husband, as they learn to know each other. One day Miss. EE tells Chance that her husband is much older than she and she tells him about her family problems. Chance repeats what she says, pretending to show interest and this works. On evening he has dinner with Mr. and Miss. Rand. Chance tells them about his work as a gardener but it becomes a wrong interpretation, Mr. Rand sees it as a beautiful metaphor of what a businessman is and in this way Chance as a businessman. He tells Chance that he is the Chairman of the board of the First American Financial Corporation and he is interested in him. This corporation helps the American business by giving bad companies a helping hand and in this way the American business can be a defense against conglomerates and pollutants. Mr. Rand asks Chance to meet some people from the board to discuss the plans, to think about his. Chance says that he shall consider the opportunity.

Chapter 4.
The President of the U.S. comes to New York to address the Financial Institute of which Mr. Rand is the Chairman. Because of his illness he can’t preside the meeting and the president decides to come to him. Mr. Rand decides that Chance has to meet the president. During this meeting the president and Mr. Rand were busy with talking about financial business according to the corporation and suddenly the president ask Chance about his point of view. He answers again with a comparison. He compares the society with nature. But he doesn’t understand anything and it’s just a well guess. The president thinks it’s a beautiful refreshing metaphor and the meeting comes to an end and the president goes to the meeting of the Financial Institute. There he gives a speech in front of the public, using Chance’s metaphor. He also tells them that he spoke with Mr. Rand and a mister Gardiner. This is the first time he is mentioned in the media and because of this he comes in the television program THE EVENING to talk about the president’s speech. In this show he is still talking about nature. It’s supposed to be a metaphor about the economy. The lawyer Mr. Thomas Franklin who met Chance in the estate of the Old Man sees Chance on television but can’t remember where he saw him before and doesn’t agree with the metaphor. Miss. EE Rand discovers that she has serious feelings for Chance and that he has a strange behavior of not saying anything definite enough to show his thoughts about anything or to show something about him. She wants to seduce him to lose this composure, she wants to make love with him. She comes back from a meeting that evening and seduces Chance to make love, but he doesn’t know anything about it and doesn’t respond to this. Miss. EE says that she is in love with him and that he may know this and she appreciates it that he wants to wait with it until Mr. Rand dies.

Chapter 5.
Change and Miss EE go to a UN-reception and meets several important people like Skrapinov the Ambassador of Russia. He talks with them, but he is more listening. He doesn’t say much and by this way saving himself of being discovered of not knowing anything. When he leaves the fete with Miss. EE, he is surrounded by the media. After this he becomes popular in newspapers and magazines. The president of the U.S. still likes Chance Gardiner very much looking to the media attention and to what he said on TV. He’s very interested in Chance and tries to find information about his background and business. By his frustration the secret service of the US can’t find anything about him than the last four days and it’s a big riddle how this can be. The same thing happens in Soviet Union were the ambassador tries to find information about him because Chance became one of the most important business men in America and around the president with the highest chance of becoming a high position somewhere in America. But also in Russia they are astonished by the lack of knowledge about Chance’s background. After coming back from the UN-reception there was a party of a friend of Miss. EE. Chance’s lack of knowledge is still undetected. At the end of the party a homosexual man goes upstairs with Chance. Chance masturbates him with his shoe. He doesn’t know what the man is planning to do, but it seems to be the best not refusing it. When the man ejaculates, Chance quickly leaves the bedroom and goes back to the party. He thinks the man is sick. When Miss EE finds him, he said he was with a man upstairs and he became sick. She doesn’t understand what happened and they just go home. At home, Miss. EE tries to make love with Chance and when he doesn’t understand this and tells he likes it to watch her, she masturbates herself in front of him. After this, she tells him that she likes him very much and she feels herself free with him. The next day Chance goes to Washington with Miss. EE to a Fund Raising Committee.

Chapter 6.
On both sides, the American and Russian, they discover that there is not a single piece of paper with background information about Chance Gardiner and he gets the codename Blank Page. They are all desperate and there is no excuse for it that the agencies which cost millions of dollar aren’t able to find this information.

Chapter 7.
In this last chapter a group of important people are together for a meeting about an election. They are discussing a candidate because the last one decided not to run with them. The decided they need a good and responsible candidate, The had always got troubles with the background of the candidates and therefore the great statesman Chauncey Gardiner is the perfect candidate because he hasn’t got a background and he is chosen to be candidate and this is the end of the book.

Bedankt!

TK
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Geplaatst op 05 november 2007 - 20:45

Misschien moet je wat meer in dezelfde tijd schrijven, nu is het een beetje wanordelijk door al die verschillende tijden.

Chanceís work was in the garden

Dit is een beetje onduidelijk, denk ik ik weet niet precies wat je hiermee bedoelt. Misschien moet je dit vervangen door "Chance worked in the garden" of zo?

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Geplaatst op 06 november 2007 - 23:21

Chapter one.
The story begins with a boy/man whose name is Chance. Chance is a very honest person who always does what he is told to. He lives in a house with a garden, separated from the street by a high wall. He has lived his entire life there with the Old Man and black Louise. He was told by the Old Man that he was an orphan and that he sheltered him in the house ever since Chance was a child. Chanceís mother died when he was born and nobody would tell him who his father was. He will never be able to learn, write or understand what others are saying. Chanceís work was in the garden and his name was Chance because he was born by chance. He had no family, although his mother was very pretty. Her mind had been as damaged as his. He wasnít allowed to go outside the wall but was limited to the place behind the walls. His food would be brought by Louise. If he wouldnít listen he would be sent to an institute for the insane where he would be forgotten. Chance always did what he was told to and was convinced that what the Old Man said was true. One day the Old Man suddenly dies.

Chapter 2.
The day after the Old Man died, two people came to the estate were Chance was living. They are both lawyers who are handling the estate after the Old Man's dead. Therefore they ask him who he is because they have no record of any man employed in the estate for the last forty years. They are very puzzled that he is nowhere mentioned in the list of employer. They are astonished when he says to them that he lives here his entire live with no papers or identity and was never paid for his work. They ask him to sign a document which contains a withdrawal of any claim against the deceased (the Old Man) and the estate. Chance pretends that he can read and write because on TV people who canít are ridiculed. He decides not to sign just like on the TV and then they go away and say to Chance that he must leave the estate tomorrow because it will be locked.


Grijs -> toevoeginkje
Paars -> foutje
Oranje -> Zinnetjes die m.i. "wringen"...

Ik geef je er niet alle uitleg bij, omdat het me beter lijkt dat je zelf uitzoekt waarom het fout is of beter anders kan. (Meer uitleg achteraf kan natuurlijk nog.) Ik heb enkel de eerste twee alinea's gedaan, bij wijze van opzet.

Probeer samenvattingen zo te schrijven dat iemand die de originele tekst niet kent, ze ook volledig begrijpt.
Verder - Agrata zei het al: consequent gebruik van de tijden is belangrijk (heb ik hier niet aangeduid).
Let erop Nederlandse constructies niet zomaar toe te passen in het Engels.

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Geplaatst op 07 november 2007 - 15:50

Chapter 6.
On both sides, the American and Russian, discover that there is not a single piece of paper with background information about Chance Gardiner and therefore he gets the codename Blank Page. They're all desperate and there is no excuse for it that the agencies which cost millions of dollar aren't able to find this information.

Chapter 7.
In this last chapter, a group of important people are together for a meeting about the election. They were discussing a candidate because the last one decided not to run with them after all. It was decided that they needed a decent and responsible candidate. In the past, there were always problems with the backgrounds of the candidates and therefore the great statesman Chauncey Gardiner was a perfect candidate because he didn't have a background. In the end, he was chosen to be the candidate.


Zoals Agrata al zei je moet echt consequent zijn met het gebruik van de "tijd". Bij een samenvatting gebruik je meestal de onvoltooid verleden tijd. Bijvoorbeeld in plaats van "are" schrijf je "were". Je hebt immers het boek uit, en vat de gebeurtenissen die al gebeurt zijn samen.
Ook moet je constant zijn met het gebruikt van de afkortingen. Soms schrijf je aren't en op andere plekken gebruikt je they are. Het is veel mooier als je overal dezelfde stijl aanhoud.

Ik heb een aantal dingetjes als voorbeeld verbeterd.
"Your American beer is a little like making love on a canoe."
"How so?"
"It's fucking close to water!"





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