A Grief Observed

28 04 2009

Título: A Grief Observed

Autor: C. S. Lewis

Obra adaptada: NO

Nivel: Avanzado

Reseña:      

A “Grief Observed” is a work of C.S. Lewis where he explains his own experience when he comes down to a terrible situation of life; the loss of a beloved one. When his wife dies, he falls in a deep depression and he tries to find the free way to get better in the writing.
When someone who you love dies, the feelings of loneliness and anguish are overwhelmed and here, the author doesn’t find comfort even in God. Where most people turn to religion to keep on the faith in a better life after death, Lewis doesn’t care about the other side but the side where everything reminds him of his wife.
There are no more characters than the sadness of the author and that’s enough to fill the absence of any more. However, this difficult situation of the life is something that everyone has to suffer sooner or later and in this book, Lewis shows that his way of getting one’s strength back is to get angry with everybody about everything. That personal way of expressing himself makes that the book isn’t written in a style immediately accessible to any reader. The language is not plain at all and there are a lot of new adjectives and nouns to describe so personal feelings.
“Grief Observed” is a difficult book due to the amount of new vocabulary that it contains. Its heavy going and the fact of having to re-read lots of paragraph made it difficult to get into it.

           

Valoración: 3/5

David Bulnes  2ºNA



Of Mice and Men

21 04 2009

Título: OF MICE AND MEN

Autor: JOHN STEINBECK

Editorial: PAN BOOKS

Obra adaptada: NO

Nivel: AVANZADO

Reseña: 

   “Of Mice and Men” is a gripping novel about two friends who, having neither family nor a place of their own, search for employment in some ranch, after having lost their former job in a farm. 

   George promised Aunt Clara, Lennie’s only relative, to look after the mentally handicapped guy. Since her death, they both become inseparable, yet sometimes George loses his patience with his dumb friend.

 The author manages to impress the reader by showing not only a beautiful pure friendship between two grown-up men, but also the imaginative resources to which they appeal to escape from the long-suffering lives they have here and there.

  Yet, the story has an unexpected sorrowful ending which in no way diminishes the sympathy the reader feels towards these two modest men.

   Although the book is written in a simple style, those who are not fluent readers in English can find it a little bit difficult to get accustomed to the colloquial language, plenty of slang, Steinbeck employed to give realism to the dialogues among the characters. Nevertheless, the reading rapidly turns into a delightful experience, boosted by this odd language itself.

Valoración: 5/5

Helga Maria Saboia Bezerra  2ºNA



New Arrivals: The Dying Animal

4 03 2009

Título: The Dying Animal

Autor: Philip Roth

Obra adaptada: NO

The Dying Animal (2001) is a short novel by the US writer Philip Roth. It tells the story of senior literature professor David Kepesh, who is renowned for hosting a literature-themed radio show. In spite of his implied cultural pedigree, Kepesh is finally destroyed by his inability to comprehend emotional commitment. The Dying Animal is the third book in a series portraying the life of the fictional professor; the preceding novels are The Breast (1972) and The Professor of Desire (1977).



New Arrivals: The Kite Runner

3 03 2009

Título: The Kite Runner

Autor: Khaled Hosseini

Obra adaptada: NO

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who betrayed his best friend Hassan, the son of his father’s Hazara servant but lives in regret. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Talibanregime.



New Arrivals: Slumdog Millionaire

16 02 2009

Título: Slumdog Millionaire
Autor: Vikas Swarup
Obra adaptada: NO

Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ” and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

Now a major motion picture in the running for the Oscars!



The Breathing Method

29 01 2009

Título: The Breathing Method

Autor: Stephen King

Editorial: Penguin Readers

Obra adaptada: Sí - Nivel Intermedio

Reseña:
The story takes place in New York in the 1970s.
David Aley, an older man who has worked in the same low firm for many years, pays his weekly visit to the club. This is a strange old-fashioned gentleman’s club, where the members often tell each other stories.
The Breathing Method itself is the story that Adley hears on the night before Christmas. It is a tale told by a doctor about an unmarried pregnant woman who wants to see him and how he taught her his new “breathing method” to use during labour-with unforseen and terrifying results.

Valoración: 2/5

Margarita Fabián  2ºNI