New Arrivals: The Hound of the Baskervilles

15 05 2009

Título: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Autor: Arthur Conan Doyle

Obra adaptada: NO

The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles’ heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound Of The Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.

About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a convert to spiritualism and a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hound-Baskervilles-Penguin-Popular-Classics/dp/0140621970



New Arrivals: Macbeth

11 05 2009

Título: Macbeth

Autor: Shakespeare

Adapted by: Brigit Viney

Level: Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate + Audio CD

The Classic Graphic Novel Collection is a revolutionary new series of graphic novels which re-tell classic literature for learners of English. Graded at intermediate to upper-intermediate (B1-B2) levels, the fresh blend of contemporary storytelling and captivating artwork ensures that students will want to return to these stories time and again.
Features:
* The combination of graded texts and stunning artwork encourage learners to read the classics, motivating even the most reluctant reader.
* Each reader includes Audio CDs with the full text, recorded using professional actors.



A Christmas Carol

6 05 2009

Título: A Christmas Carol

Autor: Charles Dickens

Obra adaptada: NO

Nivel: Avanzado

Reseña:

Dickens is probably the best known and loved author of the Victorian era. He wrote many memorable tales.

A Christmas Carol may be the most popular one. At the age of 12, some sources say that Charles Dickens worked for 12 hours a day, six days a week in a boot factory finishing the bottles of boot polish. On the seventh day he visited his family at the Marshalsea debtors’ prison. This lasted for two years (a traumatic time for young Dickens). He never forgot it, yet, he used his pain to create memorable characters like Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit’s disabled little boy.

The reader can almost see young Dickens chained by poverty to his polish pots as little Tiny Tim is invisibly linked to his crutch. The descriptions and dialogues are rich. The characters are striking and memorable. The imagery is colourful, despite the bleakness of the winter months.

The story told in this book is to apply to most of us. Even in our old age it is not too late to change. In Dickens’ tale Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, bitter and resentful man is shown his past, his present, and his future by three ghosts. The first ghost reminds him of how he once enjoyed life’s pleasures. The second ghost shows Scrooge his current deplorable state. The final ghost foretells the likely outcome of his way.

This book it is not so much a Christmas story as a New Year’s story. For those of us who want to change the course of our life, for those of us who want this year’s resolutions to actually mean something, we need to go through an Ebenezer-like process. Whether your life is a bad life or an abused life or a flat life, you can use the ideas from this simple story.

 Valoración: 5/5

Alberto R. Ayala   2ºNA



The Old Man and the Sea

29 04 2009

Título: The Old Man and the Sea

Autor: Ernest Hemingway

Editorial: Grafton Books

Obra adaptada: NO

Nivel: Avanzado

Reseña: 

 The three-day fight between a lonely fisherman and an enormous marlin in the Gulf Stream is the story line of this novel, one of the most important literary narratives of the 20th century.

 Santiago, a Cuban fisherman who fishes alone, has gone eighty-four days without taking a fish. On the eighty-fifth day, pushed by his faith, his confidence, his hope and his strength Santiago sets out alone, taking his wooden skiff far into the Gulf. He is prepared to come back with a fish, no matter what it takes.

  The deeply moving way he struggles with that immense fish, provided with a wide range of emotions towards the fish and nature – passion, patience, honour, respect, politeness, humbleness, courage, simplicity, hope – helps the reader to get involved in the old man’s personal tragedy. 

 The story is written in a direct, passionate and simple style, which turns the book into an attractive reading. Hemingway’s lightweight descriptions of the fisherman and his relationship with the environment – the sea, the wind, the sun, the moon, the stars and the sea inhabitants – is full of poetry and invites the reader to share the feelings, the hopes and the fears of  that great man Santiago is.

   The Old Man and the Sea is a compelling tale about a man’s struggle against fear, nature and himself. One of the most beautiful, riveting and deeply affecting books I’ve ever read.

               

Valoración: 5/5

Helga Maria Saboia Bezerra  2ºNA



Rebecca

20 04 2009

Título: Rebecca

Autor: Daphne du Maurier

Editorial: Heinemann

Obra adaptada: Sí

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: Rebecca, published in 1938, was Daphne du Maurier´s most successful book. This is an absorbing classic tale of romantic suspense that takes place in the 19th century in Manderly, a wonderful old house in the west of England. It tells the story of a woman, the narrator, who is married to Max de Winter, a wealthy widower. He had been married to Rebecca, whose memory is present throughout the story. Rebecca was supposed to have drowned in a mysterious boating accident a year before. But, in the beginning things look different from what they turn out to be in the end; so the end is emotional and unexpected.

This is an excellent book as all the chapters are extremely interesting. It is touching, gripping and easy to follow.  If you like reading good books you shouldn´t  miss this one!

Valoración: 5/5

Blanca García Bárcena  2ºNI



Far from the Madding Crowd

4 02 2009

Título: Far from the Madding Crowd

Autor: Thomas Hardy

Editorial: Penguin Readers

Obra adaptada: Sí - Nivel Intermedio

Reseña:
This tragic story takes place in the beautiful countryside in the south of England. The book tells the story of a woman, Bathsheba Everdene, and three men who say they love her, but she marries the wrong one. In the end she will marry the perfect one with whom she was all her life in love without knowing it.

The book also includes a little biography of the author in the introduction and extensive activity material of each chapter.

From my point of view this novel is a sensitive story of love, hard lives and strong feelings. The book is really absorbing and I couldn´t put it down! What I most enjoyed was that it was really easy to read, understand and follow and I only had to look up two or three words.

I would recommended it as an entertaining book for those who enjoy adventures and involved love stories, and for those who think that reading in English is extremely difficult, because they will have a pleasant surprise!

Valoración: 4/5
Olaya García García  2ºNI



Rebecca

15 05 2008

rebecca.jpgTítulo: Rebecca

Autor: Daphne du Maurier

Editorial: Arrow

Obra adaptada: NO

Reseña: This is a story about love, passion, feelings and mystery.
A young girl, whose name is not mentioned in the novel, falls in love with a widowed aristocrat called Maxim de Winter. He was married with Rebecca. Although she is dead, nobody can forget her (not even her husband). She was a self-confident, charming and beautiful woman, whereas the young girl is naïve, insecure and extremely shy.
One of the main issues in this novel is the girl’s fight against Rebecca’s shadow. On the other hand, at the end of this book the mystery about Rebecca’s death starts to be solved. At this moment, the previous pages acquire a new and surprising double meaning.
You will feel Rebecca’s presence and weight, like the rest of characters. It is a fantastic and great novel.

Valoración 5/5

Lucía López González



Our Mutual Friend

16 04 2008

Título: Our Mutual Friend

Autor: Charles Dickens

Editorial: Heinemann

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: Our Mutual Friend is Charles Dickens’ last complete novel. In this book the author made a magnificent description of life in London during 1860. Two love stories marked by social tensions are used on the one hand to symbolize the power of love, capable to surpass the differences created by the class structure of the Victorian society and, on the other hand, to explain the fight between two men to conquer the heart of the same woman, which leads them to deceit, death and self-destruction.

Valoración: 3/5

Ainoa Sánchez Blanco



Oliver Twist

16 04 2008

Título: Oliver Twist

Autor: Charles Dickens

Editorial: Oxford Bookworms

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: Oliver Twist is an Orphan in the 19th century in England. At the orphanage, Oliver is expelled because of an act of rebellion -he asked for more food- so he escapes to London, where he works at an undertaker’s. There, he meets a gang of kids who give him food and teach him “games”. A few days later, Oliver will discover that his friends are actually pickpockets working for Fagin.
This book is easy to read, fast and entertaining. I think that most people may like this book because it is a classic tale.

Valoración: 4/5

Inés Chamarro Alonso

Reseña: The story is about a little boy who doesn’t have any parents, so he has to live with a lot of kinds of people. Those people usually treat him badly.
In conclusion, the book is interesting but a bit tragic.
I recommend this book to people who don’t like reading because it is entertaining. I don’t like reading a lot but this I really enjoyed this book.

Valoración: 3/5

Pedro González Céspedes



Murder on the Orient Express

16 04 2008

muederorientexpress.jpgTítulo: Murder on the Orient Express

Autor: Agatha Christie

Editorial: Berkley

Obra adaptada: No

Nivel: Avanzado

Reseña: This is an interesting novel about a detective, named Hercules Poirot, who books a passage on the famous Orient Express. He finds himself at the center of a murder investigation. A mysterious man is found murdered in his cabin. Afterwards, Poirot begins to develope a theory about the murder, which he shares with everyone on board. This story keeps the interest until the end. In my opinion, if you like mystery and murder novels, you’ll have a good time. This novel is worth reading!

Valoración: 4/5

Patricia Mejuto López



Pride and Prejudice

16 04 2008

Título: Pride and Prejudice

Autor: Jane Austen

Editorial: Longman

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Reseña: It is the love story of two couples. The girls, Jane and Elizabeth, are sisters and they live with their family comfortably although they are not very rich. The boys, Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy, are close friends, and both of them belong to the upper class. Bingley is a gentleman and Darcy belongs to the nobility.
The two couples fall in love, but the social differences, the pride, and the prejudice make the success of their love difficult.

Valoración: 5/5

Laura Herrero Fernández