Harry Potter star’s books on the Tube 《哈利·波特》女主角在倫敦地鐵裡藏書

Would you be encouraged to read if a film star left a book on the Tube for you to read? How about if it contained a hand-written message?
Harry Potter film star encouraging commuters to read

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為什麼一位電影演員會在倫敦地鐵裡藏書呢?為了鼓勵大眾多讀書,電影《哈利·波特》的女主角扮演者艾瑪·華森在倫敦地鐵裡藏了一百本書供眾人去發現並瀏覽閱讀。“地鐵圖書”(Books On The Underground)活動計劃在英國首都倫敦的交通系統裡放成千上萬本書供乘客閱讀。本期《隨身英語》帶你看個究竟。

課文內容

Vocabulary: Reading 詞彙:閱讀

Now here’s what I call a turn-up for the books – a film star’s been giving away free books on the London Underground. If you’re a bookworm, a Harry Potter fan and a London Underground user then it’s been an exciting month for you.

Emma Watson, who starred in films based on the novels about a fictional schoolboy wizard, has been hiding books on the Tube for passengers to leaf through.

It’s part of the Books On The Underground movement, which has a simple aim: to get more people burying themselves in literature. And the way they do it is to leave tomes on trains for commuters to pick up, dip into and then leave for another lucky reader to skim.

The movement started out in 2012 and drops off about 150 volumes a week in stations across the UK’s capital. Talking about Watson’s participation in the project, the manager of Books On The Underground, Cordelia Oxley, said, “The reaction has been phenomenal. It must be a mixture of how much everyone adores Emma, and how exciting it is to find something as wonderful as a new book on your journey.”

The 100 or so editions Watson left for passengers to pore over were even more special because she left a hand-written inscription. The paperbacks were copies of Kaya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom.

One person who discovered a copy of the book on the Tube said she felt like the character Charlie Bucket – a boy who finds a golden ticket to the world’s greatest chocolate factory – in the Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Watson became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in the summer of 2014 and has since started devouring as many books and essays on equality and feminism as possible. She has also started her own book club.

So, why not take a leaf out of Emma Watson’s book and leave a copy of your favourite book on a train? It could make a stranger’s life richer. 

詞彙表

a turn-up for the books 意想不到的事情,出乎意料的事
a bookworm 書蟲,書迷
based on 以……改編的
a novel 小說
fictional 虛構的
to leaf through 略讀,瀏覽
to bury oneself (in something) 把自己埋在(某物)中
a tome 巨著
to dip into 隨便翻翻
to skim 粗略地瀏覽
a volume 書;卷,冊
an edition 版本
to pore over 仔細閱讀
hand-written 手寫的
an inscription 題贈,題詞
a classic (書)經典作品
to devour 如飢似渴地閱讀
an essay 散文,短文
a book club 讀書俱樂部
to take a leaf out of someone’s book 以某人為榜樣,向某人學習

測驗與練習

1. 閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. What type of films did Emma Watson star in?

2. True or false? Emma Watson dropped off 150 copies of a book on the London Underground.     

3. What does Books On The Underground aim to do?

4. Did Emma Watson type a message on the books?

5. Is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a well-known book?

2. 請你在不參考課文的情況下完成下列練習。選擇一個意思合適的單字填入句子的空格處。

1. Harry Potter is a __________ character.

bookworm         fictional         fiction         real-life

2. The university professor always made the students read heavy __________ on economics.

novels         inscriptions         tomes         book clubs

3. I didn’t have enough time so I just __________ the novel before my literature class.

skimmed         devoured         pored over         hand wrote

4. The Harry Potter books have become __________ in the author’s own lifetime.

tomes         fiction         essays         classics

5. I haven’t read much Shakespeare but I have ___________ it from time to time.

dipped into         pored over         buried myself         devoured

答案

1. 閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. What type of films did Emma Watson star in?
Emma Watson starred in films based on books about a fictional wizard called Harry Potter.

2. True or false? Emma Watson dropped off 150 copies of a book on the London Underground.
False. Emma Watson dropped off about 100 copies of a book on the London Underground.

3. What does Books On The Underground aim to do?
Books On The Underground aims to get more people to read.

4. Did Emma Watson type a message on the books?
No, Emma Watson wrote a message with a pen.

5. Is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a well-known book?
Yes, it’s a classic. 

2. 請你在不參考課文的情況下完成下列練習。選擇一個意思合適的單字填入句子的空格處。

1. Harry Potter is a fictional character.

2. The university professor always made the students read heavy tomes on economics.

3. I didn’t have enough time so I just skimmed the novel before my literature class.

4. The Harry Potter books have become classics in the author’s own lifetime.

5. I haven’t read much Shakespeare but I have dipped into it from time to time.

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