Spies by Michael Frayn

Spies by Michael Frayn.

This is a nice review of a text that has been on the VCE English list here is Australia for a year now. I have spoken to teachers who have taught it for the Context (Area of Study Two- Creating and Presenting) ‘Whose Reality?’ and it seems to be doing well. Students may find it a bit out of their experience at first, and I guess that is the point of teaching a novel like this, but it fits the Context extremely well and certainly gives them lots of opportunities to use it as a springboard for their writing. I liked the way that the boys’ views of events in the close changed as their perceptions of the motivations of those around them changed too. The language was very carefully drawn and opened up a new type of dialogue for students.
All in all, it is a good choice for study.


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