Bookcrossing desde nuestra Biblioteca

15 05 2010

Ni las cenizas del volcán islandés, ni la meteorología, ni los contratiempos del viaje, impidieron que nuestros intrépidos compañeros Paco, María R., Ana Carmen  y un afortunado grupo de alumnos que pudieron realizar este viaje, dejaran en manos de “Peter Pan” en South Kensington Park este libro viajero que, partiendo de nuestra biblioteca, continúa ahora su andadura por el País de Nunca Jamás.

¡Muchas gracias por vuestra colaboración!

“Los profesores recomiendan”: 1984 (by Emilio)

9 05 2010

1984.gifTítulo: 1984

Autor: George Orwell

Editorial: Penguin Readers

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio


The book nineteen-eighty four was written by George Orwell, pen name used by Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), and it was first published in 1949. Initially the book title was  “The Last Man in Europe”. Orwell participated in the Spanish Civil War and this fact made his literary career politically more intransigent.  Orwell is considered as one of the greatest writers of modern literature. With Orwell a new adjective that defines organizations or totalitarian societies was born: “Orwellian”. It is very difficult to define what kind of book this is. Some critics believe that it is a fiction book, but to me -I am not an expert on the subject- it is a political book. The narrator is not involved in the story, which is good from my point of view, because the reader will be able to draw his or her own opinion about the story. Three are the characters that deserve to be highlighted:

Winston Smith, a middle-aged man, is the main character of the story and we know 1984 world through his eyes. He hates the Party, but also he is a frightened and doubtful person. He seems defeated by the present, but when he meets Julia his pessimism starts to decline and he finds the only reason to live, the trust in the defeat of the Party and a free life with Julia but without the Party.

Julia, like Winston,  is against the Party, but has a different personality. Julia lives of the Party but not to the Party, she lives here and now; she definitely is more pragmatic than Winston. She uses sex to rebel against the Party. Julia’s relationship with Winston begins as a political act against the Party but in the end they fall in love and both of them swear not to betray each one.

O´Brien, has a high position in the Party and is a cool, clever and calculating person. From his role in the novel I think that he could be considered the symbol of the madness of dictatorship. Perhaps he represents the allegorical BIG BROTHER figure.

The story takes places in Oceania, one of the three countries in which the author divides the world, particularly in London in 1984, a year in the future. It is difficult to me to make a short summary of the plot, but I will try. Winston, who works for the Ministry of Truth is in charge of changing the past, he changes the news that is harmful to the Party. One day during an act called “ The Two Minutes Hate”, he sees a man (O´Brien), and he thinks he is a member of a secret society (The Brotherhood) against the Party. In the same act he eventually stumbles on Julia, a woman that he had previously thought to be a member of the Thought Police, and  they fall in love. They rent a room in the Proletariat section of the town (whose owner is an active member of  the Thought Police), to speak and engage in many anti-Party  acts, such as sex, love and other Thought Crimes (sex was prohibited by the Party). In the middle of the story, Winston stumbles on O´Brien and this man invites him and Julia to his house. O´Brien makes them believe that he is an important member of the Brotherhood and gives them a book supposedly written by Goldstein, who is the counterrevolutionary leader (everything is a trap). They are betrayed at once, by the owner of the apartment and by the man who was going to join the Brotherhood. Winston and Julia are sent to the Ministry of Love which is a sort of rehabilitation center for criminals accused of thought crime. There, Winston is separated from Julia and tortured until his beliefs coincide with the Party. Winston is taken to the dreaded Room 101, where each suspect faces his fears, his are the rats. Then he finally shouts “Do it to Julia!”  This is the proof of his recovery, the one his torturers want. 

In my opinion the book, masterfully written, alerts us about the danger of autocratic regimes and the methods that they use to limit the freedom and the thought of people in a sibylline form.  For example, if there are not words like love or crime, you cannot think of them because they do not really exist. The author at the end leaves some doubts: is there a BIG BROTHER?  Is the BROTHERHOOD an invention of the Party? Each community will respond to questions proposed by the author. The novel shows us, in a masterful  way, the painful life of people who live under totalitarian power. 

The book is highly recommended for people with political concerns. It is worth reading and moving, absolutely brilliant. I would also like to recommended another book by George Well “ Animal Farm”. On balance, please teenagers, read this book because your point of view about politics could change.

Valoración: 5/5

Emilio Jiménez Prieto 2ºNI

Edición de La Historia Interminable

4 05 2010


El Equipo de Trabajo de la Biblioteca os damos las gracias a todos los que habéis colaborado, por haber convertido el cuento más pequeño del mundo en una historia interminable, que aún puede seguir creciendo en la imaginación de cada uno… 

Taller de Lectura: Nivel Intermedio Inglés

29 04 2010
To finish our series of reading sessions,
come and listen to the fascinating story of Aunt Molly,
from the book “The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories”
by Frank Brennan

            ♣ Come to the Library on Tuesday 4th May at 11 o’clock

            ♣ A teacher will be there to help you read the story as you listen to it

            ♣ You’ll practise reading, listening and speaking

            ♣ It will only take an hour of your time and you’ll have fun and learn a lot

            ♣ You may even want to borrow it or another one to read at home

            ♣ Interested? Go to Conserjería and give your name

            ♣ There are only 15 seats for this reading session

Obras de Sartre en la Biblioteca

29 04 2010

Estos son algunos de los títulos de este autor, que encontrarás en la sección ”Libros Recomendados” de los idiomas inglés y francés:

→La Prespectueuse, suivi de Morts sans sépulture                      

→Les mains sales                                               

→Les mots   

→Huis clos suivi de Les Mouches  

→La nausée

→Iron in the Soul

→The Reprieve

Jean-Paul Sartre

29 04 2010


Se cumplen veinte años de la muerte del filósofo francés, uno de los intelectuales más influyentes del siglo XX

El existencialismo es a Jean-Paul Sartre lo que el idealismo a Kant. Filósofo dramaturgo y escritor, no dudó en rechazar el Premio Nobel de Literatura para hacer honor a sus convicciones. Nacido en París el 21 de junio de 1905 nos dejó un 15 de abril de 1980. Atrás quedaban un puñado de novelas como La náusea o El muro, obras de teatro de la talla de Las moscas y, sobre todo, un compendio de tratados filosóficos sobre los que siguen volviendo una y otra vez los intelectuales, maravillados por la profundidad del pensamiento del francés.

De quien no se distanciaría nunca sería de Simone de Beauvoir, a quien conocería en la Sorbona y con la que formaría una de las parejas intelectualmente más potentes del siglo XX. Ambos supieron compatibilizar a la perfección su afán de libertad y sus profundos análisis sobre el individuo y la sociedad con una unión que trascendería los límites de su existencia. Hoy sus restos reposan juntos en el cementerio de Montparnasse, lugar de peregrinación ineludible para cientos de miles de personas que buscan en sus obras las claves para entender el mundo de ayer y de hoy. ÓSCAR BELLOT |  MADRID  

Shakespeare’s Life by Marta

26 04 2010

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He was the third of the eight children born to Mary Arden, who came from a rich family,  and John Shakespeare, one of the most successful merchants in the town.  A few years after William’s birth, his father fell in misfortune because he was accused of illegal wool-dealing.

William studied first at the local school -the Stratford Grammar School, in the centre of the town - where he achieved a very good education in Latin grammar and literature. Then, when he was eighteen, he got married to Anne Hathaway, who was twenty -six, probably because she was pregnant.  If we take notice of William’s last will, they didn’t get on well, but perhaps they were happier than the chronicles say because we can’t forget that they had three children.

In 1592 Shakespeare was working in London as a dramatist, and in 1596 his only son died. It is said that this fatal event inspired him to write one of the most famous tragedies in literature. He soon began to work as an actor, writer and, finally, co-producer of a theatre company called Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

After a turbulent life, William Shakespeare died at the age of 52 at his home in Stratford-Upon-Avon on 23rd April 1616,  the same day as Cervantes.

Marta Álvarez  Menéndez -That’s English

Thank you Marta for your contribution to celebrate the Book Day at the Library!

Semana del Libro

23 04 2010

Para viajar lejos, no hay mejor nave que un libro (Emily Dickinson)
El autor sólo escribe la mitad del libro. De la otra mitad debe ocuparse el lector (Joseph Conrad)

Celebramos la Semana del Libro en la Biblioteca:


Día del Libro

23 04 2010

El 23 de abril de 1616 fallecían Cervantes, Shakespeare y Garcilaso de la Vega. También en un 23 de abril nacieron – o murieron – otros escritores eminentes como Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla o Manuel Mejía Vallejo. Por este motivo, esta fecha tan simbólica para la literatura universal fue la escogida por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO para rendir un homenaje mundial al libro y sus autores, y alentar a todos, en particular a los más jóvenes, a descubrir el placer de la lectura y respetar la irreemplazable contribución de los creadores al progreso social y cultural. La idea de esta celebración partió de Cataluña (España), donde este día es tradicional regalar una rosa al comprador de un libro.

El éxito de esta iniciativa depende fundamentalmente del apoyo que reciba de los medios interesados (autores, editores, libreros, educadores y bibliotecarios, entidades públicas y privadas, organizaciones no gubernamentales y medios de comunicación), movilizados en cada país por conducto de las Comisiones Nacionales para la UNESCO, las asociaciones, los centros y clubes UNESCO, las redes de escuelas y bibliotecas asociadas y cuantos se sientan motivados para participar en esta fiesta mundial.

Bookcrossing en Asturias

18 04 2010

Llega la “Liberación Masiva de Libros por Asturias” de PRIMAVERA POR EL DÍA DEL LIBRO

Sábado 24 de Abril de 2010 a las 12.30 h

Junto al Busto de Armando Palacio Valdés, frente al teatro. Con posterior quedada en la Zona Oficial Bookcrossing del “Café Lord Byron” - quienes no puedan ir a la hora, pueden seguir liberando allí o en cualquier lugar de la Villa durante todo el día.

Arcos de la izquierda del Ayuntamiento.

Día 23 (un día antes) en la Zona Oficial Bookcrossing de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas.

En cualquier rincón de Asturias. Si hay propuestas de sitios se anunciarán en este espacio.

Más información en el grupo Bookcrossing Asturias:

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BookCrossing Asturias


6 04 2010

Título: Frankenstein

Autor: Mary Shelley

Editorial: Heinle Cengage learning

Obra adaptada: Sí

Nivel: Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate + Audio CD

It was written by Mary Shelley in 1816. It is a graphic novel adaptation of a literary classic about a scientist who discovers the creation of life and he succeeds.The story is told by the creator of the monster: Victor Frankenstein, who is obsessed with the idea and builds a man using old body parts. Once the monster has life he escapes and later a series of tragic events happen around Victor. To finish with it,  Victor tries to kill the monster.

This is a book with a moral about the danger and responsibility of knowledge.  A classic comic that is very easy and enjoyable to read. A modern English version of the original script with reduced, simplified dialogues for faster reading. It has two audio CDs to follow the conversations that you can easily understand, even the monster! 

If you want to get deep into the theme, as a suggestion I recommend you to see the film “Young Frankenstein”  by Mel Brooks.

Valoración: 3/5

Alfredo Fernández Fernández