Tre metri sopra il cielo

14 05 2010

Titolo: Tre metri sopra il cielo

Autore: Federico Moccia

Editoriale: Feltrinelli Editoriale

Livello: Non adattata

Step è un ragazzo che da poco tempo ha incominciato a frequentare un gruppetto di giovani violenti e malviventi che sono sempre in strada con i motorini  a “fare casino”. Babi è una ragazza di famiglia agiata, bene educata, alunna di un liceo privato. I due si trovano e si innamorano malgrado le loro famiglie e i loro amici.

Una storia d’amore adolescente come quella di Romeo e Giulietta fra due giovani di mondi diversi adattata ai nostri tempi e raccontata in modo semplice, con l’uso della alternanza di scene per mantenere l’interesse del lettore.Un argomento usato tante volte che è difficile farlo originale, ma che secondo me riesce a mantenere l’interesse del lettore. 

Potrà l’amore sopportare le differenze sociali? I caratteri diversi? Supereranno  gli ostacoli che li separano? Certamente il loro amore li mantiene a tre metri sopra il cielo.

Valutazione: 3/5

Eva Serra 2ºNA

The Prisioner of Zenda

7 04 2010

Título: The Prisioner of Zenda

Autor: Anthony Hope

Editorial: Pearson

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio


Review:  Today’s book is “The Prisoner of Zenda”, an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, first published back in 1894.

The main character is Rudolf Rassendyll, an English gentleman, who travels to Ruritania to see the King’s coronation. During the journey to Ruritania he meets Rudolf the Fifth, who is going to be crowned King the next day. That night Rudolf ’s brother, Duke Michael, drugs him so that he can’t assist to his coronation. Colonel Sapt, an old soldier in the service of the new King, urges Rudolf Rasendyll to act like Rudolf the Fifth, given the physical resemblance that exists between them, to save the kingdom from his evil brother Duke Michael.

The most amusing part of the book is when the trick is done and Rudolf Rassendyll must act as if he was Rudolf the Fifth.

The book is quite enjoyable and moving but a little bit predictable. I would recommend it to anyone because it is short and easy to read, with only just a few difficult words.

Valoración: 3.5/5

Pablo Aller San Juan  2ºNI

New Arrivals: The Great Gatsby

4 03 2010

Título: The Great Gatsby

Autor: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Obra adaptada: NO

Editorial: Penguin Books

 Review: The Great Gatsby” (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, stands among the greatest of all American fiction. Jay Gatsby’s lavish lifestyle in a mansion on Long Island’s gold coast encapsulates the spirit, excitement, and violence of the era Fitzgerald named ‘the Jazz Age’. Impelled by his love for Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby seeks nothing less than to recapture the moment five years earlier when his best and brightest dreams - his ‘unutterable visions’ - seemed to be incarnated in her kiss. A moving portrayal of the power of romantic imagination, as well as the pathos and courage entailed in the pusuit of an unattainable dream, The Great Gatsby is a classic fiction of hope and disillusion.

Book and film now available at the School Library!

New Arrivals: Breakfast at Tiffany´s

3 03 2010

Título: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Autor: Truman Capote

Obra adaptada: NO

Editorial: Penguin Books

 The heroine of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly, became one of Capote’s best known creations, and the book’s prose style prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote “the most perfect writer of my generation.”

For Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a turning point, as he explained to Roy Newquist (Counterpoint, 1964):

“I think I’ve had two careers. One was the career of precocity, the young person who published a series of books that were really quite remarkable. I can even read them now and evaluate them favorably, as though they were the work of a stranger… My second career began, I guess it really began with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It involves a different point of view, a different prose style to some degree. Actually, the prose style is an evolvement from one to the other—a pruning and thinning-out to a more subdued, clearer prose. I don’t find it as evocative, in many respects, as the other, or even as original, but it is more difficult to do. But I’m nowhere near reaching what I want to do, where I want to go. Presumably this new book is as close as I’m going to get, at least strategically.”

Book and film now available at the School Library!

The Prisioner of Zenda

25 02 2010

Título: The Prisioner of Zenda

Autor: Anthony Hope

Editorial: Pearson

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio

Review:  ”The Prisioner of Zenda” contains all the features of a good adventure book: chance, surprise, danger, skill and love.

The book opens with adventure-loving young Rudolf Rassendyll at home in England, looking for excitement. One day he reads in the newspaper that a new King, Rudolf the Fifth, is going to be crowned in Ruritania and he decides to go there. When he arrives, he stays in the town of Zenda where he meets the new King and discovers that he looks just like him. The King finds this similarity really amusing at first, but then it becomes really important.

From my point of view the story is quite moving and well-written. There is a lot of new vocabulary and some adjectives are a bit difficult to understand, but that doesn´t affect the reading.

If you like adventure books, you shouldn´t miss this one!

Valoración: 4/5

Jesús Franco Ampuero  2ºNI

The Prisioner of Zenda

12 02 2010

Título: The Prisioner of Zenda

Autor: Anthony Hope

Editorial: Pearson

Obra adaptada: SI

Nivel: Intermedio


The book that I read is “The Prisioner of Zenda” by Anthony Hope. It´s an adventure book and the story is told by the main character.

This novel is about the adventures of a young English gentleman, Rudolf Rassendyll, in the fictional European kingdom of Ruritania where he lives the adventure of his life: he has to impersonate the King of the country who was drugged by his evil brother, Duke Michael.

I think the book is quite absorbing. The most interesting part is when Rassendyll and his friend carry out their plan to save the King. I would recommend it as an entertaining book for those who enjoy adventures and romance.

Valoración: 4/5

Lucía González Gutierrez  2ºNI

New Arrivals: The Museum of Innocence

27 01 2010

Título: The Museum of Innocence

Autor: Orhan Pamuk

Obra adaptada: NO

The Museum of Innocence is the latest novel written by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, published in August 2008, Orhan Pamuk’s first novel since he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006.

Pamuk has been working on the novel for many years and it has been hinted by himself in many interviews during this period. “The story, which takes place in Istanbul between 1975 and today, is about obsessive passion and the great question: What is love, really?” says the writer, in a Spiegel interview back in 2007.

Orhan Pamuk is also trying to establish an actual museum based on the novel, in Cukurcuma - Istanbul, to exhibit several objects mentioned in The Museum of Innocence.

Curse this House

21 01 2010

Título: Curse this House

Autor: Barbara Wood

Obra adaptada: No

Nivel: avanzado


Review: When her mother died, Leyla returns to her home in Pemberton. She left home when she was five years old, after her father and her mother died and has no memory of the incident. She remembers little things of the time she spent in the house and she wants to discover the mystery of her family and the house, the mansion of Pemberton Hurst.

In my opinion the book is interesting and it is not the typical romantic novel, but it is difficult to understand. The author has a roundabout way of telling things, but little by little it is possible to understand it. You can find a romantic novel with a little bit of mystery.

Valoración: 3/5

 Susana Pérez Alvarez 2ºNI

Neu in der Bibliothek: kleiner Mann, was nun?

20 01 2010

Título: Kleiner Mann, was nun?

Autor: Hans Fallada

Editorial: Aufbau Taschenbuch

Obra adaptada: No

Nivel: a partir de B1+

„Als Lämmchen und der Verkäufer Johannes Pinneberg heiraten, zeichnen sich böse Zeiten ab: die Weltwirtschaftskrise. Dennoch glauben die beiden an ihr Glück und an ihre Liebe. Das Glück will sich nicht einstellen, statt dessen gibt es Kummer und Sorgen. Als Pinneberg sich schließlich in das Millionenheer der Arbeitslosen einreihen muss, ist es Lämmchen, die das Leben ihres verzweifelten kleinen Mannes in ihre Hände nimmt.“

  Dieser Roman schildert das Alltagsleben in Deutschland um 1930 aus der Perspektive der „kleinen Leute“, mit ihren Ängsten, Hoffnungen, Tugenden, Schwächen und Stärken: das Ende der Weimarer Republik, Nationalsozialismus, Wirtschaftskrise, Arbeit und Arbeitslosigkeit. Ziel des Romans ist nicht Kritik zu üben, vielmehr wird die Reaktion der Menschen auf die zwischenmenschlichen Konflikte, die aufgrund einer so ernsthaften Lage entstehen, gezeigt; die sozialen Probleme werden sozusagen „privatisiert“


When Summer Comes

11 01 2010

Título: When Summer Comes

Autor: Helen Naylor

Editorial: Cambridge

Obra adaptada: Sí

Nivel: Intermediate

Reseña: “When Summer Comes” was written by Helen Naylor and first published in 1999. It is a love story and it is told by a narrator who is not involved in the story.

The book is about a holiday romance. Stephen and Anna Martins have been married for ten years. They live in London and are both tired of their jobs and the city.They rent a seaside village in Polreath from Tristan Goddard, who is an attractive local fisherman who has recently split up with his girlfriend. Then, Stephen has to go back to London unexpectedly for work and Tristan and Anna start their affair. They are attracted to each other and confused about their feelings, specially Anna who tries to pretend nothing has happened.

In my opinion the book is a bit predictable. I like the part when they start their affair, but the narartor tells it briefly. He describes Stephen´s character in detail, but hardly ever tells what Tristan feels about Anna.

I think the book is entertaining but not gripping. Nevertheless, the story is easy to follow and the language wasn´t difficult to understand.

Valoración: 3/5

 Olga Saiz Martinez  2ºNI


4 01 2010

Título: Rebecca

Autor: Daphne du Maurier

Editorial: Heinemann

Obra adaptada: Sí

Nivel: Upper-intermediate

Reseña: “Rebecca” was written by Daphne du Maurier, who was a famous British writer in the last century, and it was first published in 1938.  This popular novel, which has appeared in over twenty languages, is a mix of mystery, romance and thriller.  A character is narrating the story from her point of view, making us share her feelings until the end of the book.  In 1940 “Rebecca” was made into a film starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.            

The majority of the story takes place in Manderley, a lovely country house by the sea and it tells us about his owner, Maxim de Winter, an English aristocrat, whose first beautiful wife, Rebecca, died there.  After that, Maxim meets an unspoilt young woman in Montecarlo and marries her, but the memory of Rebecca casts dark shadow on the new marriage.  Soon, the second Mrs de Winter is jealous because she thinks that her husband still loves Rebecca.  Later, Maxim tells his second wife that he killed Rebecca, because he hated her. Finally, after overcoming all difficulties, the couple return to Manderley to discover that the mansion is ablaze.  The main character is Rebecca, whose memory is always present along the plot.            

 From my point of view, “Rebecca” is an interesting and quite absorbing novel, and the film too.  What I enjoyed most was that the plot keeps you in suspense until the end.  If I had to choose a passage, it would be when Maxim tells his wife that he killed Rebecca.  In general, the book was easy to read but the language was a little bit difficult sometimes.            

I would like to recommend this novel to my classmates. I really think that “Rebecca” is an entertaining book for those who enjoy mystery stories.I’m sure they’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Valoración: 5/5

Eugenio Corpas Olmos  2ºNI