マネジメント創造学部 西田遥葵さんが、マネジメント創造学部 Roger Palmer先生に
インタビューを行いました。（KONAN ライブラリ サーティフィケイト）
Q1: What kind of books do you read usually?
A1: Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of historical books and also historical fiction. And it’s funny I didn’t used to read historical fiction I used to read just historical
works. But I quite enjoy them. I was just reading one about this week Ancient Rome. Obviously, the difference between historical fiction and history is that they
usually invent some of the characters and describe the family lives and day to day events but they basic on actual historical facts. Of course it would be difficult to
accurately reproduce a work of history make it interesting as concerned Rome 2000 years ago. Because we don’t know clearly how people live every day we can
imagine but we don’t know what the emperor said to his wife or his children like kind of staffs. So the idea of historical fiction is it fills in those gaps as an active
imagination by the writer.
I also read one about the Second World War, historical works about D-Day Landing. Again I’ve read historical works about D-Day Landings but I’ve also been
reading some historical fiction based on D-Day Landings. It was when 1944 June when the arrive forces set sail from South of England and they landed in Normandy.
And they had to find the way on the beaches because France was occupied by Germans. So they fought the way down down down and they swept around the Paris.
Finally through Belgium…that was the end of the war. Like this, I’ve been reading several books and I’ve read both, historical books and historical fiction.
Q2: What kind of books did you read when you were university student?
A: Historical works. Because I read history university. My first degree is European history. I read hundreds possibly thousands of historical books because I read
history every day. The way of teaching is entirely different in U.K. and Japan. Until about the age of 16, it’s separated language and literature class. Literature means
we must read books not a textbook, like novels whatever. History books and literature is next to each other actually.
Q3: Do you have any recommend book for student?
A3: Recommend a book to non-reading people, who has no reading habit is definitely different to people reading a lot of books. So read a whole books, don’t read part
of the texts. Whatever it is, it must whole text. If you just read textbooks, you will lost the background what the reader intend it and has a lot of damage. How about
‘Harry Potter’? First you read in Japanese and next read in English. It will easier to read whole books. As I said, it doesn’t matter nonfiction or fiction, read a whole
books and don’t read part of the texts.
I read historical fiction and historical books too. But I don’t read a lot about war and don’t know anything about D-Day Landing. After this interview, I have interest
to it and try to find an easy books for me. So through this interview, I think my point of view is wider than before.