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Animal Farm - A review

February 28, 2008
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animal-farm.jpgby Jorge Rodríguez Prida

Written by George Orwell in 1943, Animal Farm is a great novel that harshly criticises Stalin’s dictatorship. In the story Stalin is represented by Napoleon, a corrupt pig. Apart from communism and how power corrupts people, Orwell makes a brilliant and severe critic of totalitarian states.

The story is quite simple. England. One day, the animals of Manor Farm, tortured by lots of work and almost nothing to eat, decide to rebel against the human being. They change the name of the farm into Animal Farm and set up an animal society based on cooperation among them. Then, the pigs take control of the power. This power corrupts them and at the end they are like humans, those who should be their enemies.

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Memoirs of a Geisha - A review

February 28, 2008
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memoirs-of-a-geisha.jpgby Jesús Cases

Memoirs of a Geisha was written by Arthur Golden, and is based on what an ancient Japanese geisha moved to the USA had lived. There’s a film about it too, but I thought I shouldn’t see it.

For western people geishas are some kind of myth. We have stereotypical opinions about them, plenty of them misconceptions. Geishas have to learn dances, have to learn how to play Japanese musical instruments, how to serve tea, how to wear kimonos and how to entertain men. This novel can help us to understand that mysterious world.

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How to be good - A review

February 28, 2008
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By Cristina González Blanco

how-to-be-good.jpgHow to be good by Nick Hornby, is an enjoyable novel that makes you think about the behaviour in our normal life. The starting pages would make us imagine that we are going to follow a love history, and how to be good in it, but in fact, it is not only like this, it goes further than that: it is about our relationships, work, family and several aspects of common life.

Katie, the main character, is a doctor, a wife and a mother of two lovely kids. So she is living what it is called a “perfect” life. Surprisingly, after years of marriage she has an affair with another man, and due to this, she is considering getting a divorce from her husband, because she is not sure of liking the life she is living. However, instead of telling him face to face, she does it through a phone conversation. After that, she wants to go deeper in the subject, but her husband David, a not very bright writer, doesn’t seem to be highly interested. Moreover, he wants to live their lives as if nothing had happened. However, his behaviour will change, as he previously was an angry and a bitter man, now he is keen on turning the world into a better one.

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