CIVILIZATION IN THE WEST

突然发现20来天后就要飞走了,而英语是自从考试完之后就再也没有碰过,生得慌.于是慌忙捡起一本英文书来翻翻.
 
刚看了一点,觉得写得不错.这是它的第一段:
 
The West is an idea. It is not visible from space. An astronaut wiewing the blue-and-white terrestrial sphere can make out the form of Africa, bounded by the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean. Australia, the Americas, and even Antarcitica are distinct paches of blue-green in the darker waters that surrounded them. But nothing comparable separates Europe from Asia, East from West. Viewed from 100 miles up, the West itself is invisible. Although astronauts can see the great Eurasian  theoretical boundary between East and West–appear but faintly from space. Certainly people are less impressive than the Himalayas, the Alps, or even the Caucasus. People, not geology, determined the Urals should be arbitrary boundary between Europe and Asia.
 
第一句话简短明了,铿锵有力,很有气势.后文的叙述行云流水,承接流畅.最后一句点题又引出深入解释的后文.美文!
 
(LONGMAN PUBLICATION)
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