Que estás a ler no 2018?

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307 thoughts on “Que estás a ler no 2018?

  1. We should all be feminits by Chimammanda Nogozi Adchie
    The author talks about what it means to be a feminist and in this way to understand the fact that sexism exists.
    Chimamanda starts telling us her personal experiences about growing up in Nigeria. For example: a male friend called her a “feminist” as an insult.
    Then she focuses on the gendered nature of economic power. For example: in Nigeria in the workplace women are expected to do the same work for less pay than men as in many European countries.
    In conclusion, she explains that we have to admit that sexism is a fact and we should fight to fix this problem.
    I recommend you this book because you’ll learn a lot of things about feminism and general culture about Nigeria.

    1. I love your recommendation, Iría, it’s a wonderful reading. Let me add that this book should be mandatory at highschools.

      Thanks!

  2. “Pioneiras. Galegas que abriron camiño”.

    Recomendo este libro porque fala, de xeito moi ameno, de mulleres que non só sobresaíron, senón que fixeron algo moi importante: espandiron os límites da liberdade das mulleres amosando que nós tamén podemos facer traballos antes inaccesibles ou decidir libremente.

    Sen mulleres pioneiras que arriscan no nome de todas, non sería posible. O mínimo é recoñecelas, agradecerllelo e falar delas para que o resto saiba que en Galicia houbo (e hai) mulleres bravas.

    E moi curtiño, lédelo!

  3. “A hora da estrela”, de Clarice Lispector

    Muitos anos após a primeira leitura, voltei a ler “A hora da estrela”, mas desta vez em português. Não sei se a idade nos faz ver as coisas de outra forma, mas resultou-me mais fácil de compreender do que na primeira vez que o li em espanhol.

    Esta novela-romance não segue uma ordem linear: há flashbacks iluminando a leitura, há idas e vindas do passado para o presente e vice-versa.

    A obra mostra o retrato de uma moça sonhadora e ingênua, vinda do Alagoas para o Rio de Janeiro, e conta como ninguém o que acontece a esta personagem, mostrando-nos o absurdo dos códigos sociais que regulam o comportamento feminino. Conta uma uma vida feita contra ela.

    Penso que a Clarice Lispector é uma escritora peculiar; ela é como uma ilha no meio de um oceano gigante. Se vocês gostarem de ilhas selvagens e indomáveis, vão gostar dela.

    1. Acho que tens razão, Anxos. É um romance de escrita complexa, mas, quando o conseguimos entender, é maravilhoso. Aconselho-te ver também o filme, disponível na web em mais de uma versão, se não me engano.

  4. A Montanha da Água Lilás, de Pepetela.
    Gostei muito desta obra, breve e de fácil compreensão, pois leva o leitor a uma reflexão interessante. Parte duns seres imaginários, fictícios (os lupis) que viviam tranquilamente na montanha e tinham lá tudo o que precisavam para viver, mas o aparecimento da água lilás, um líquido de cor lilás e perfume muito doce que possuía grandes benefícios para o organismo, transformou as suas vidas…
    Animo a que o leiam, vão gostar.

  5. A New Zealand Adventure by Jon Thorburn
    I`m reading this book for my English class. In my opinion, this book is funny and entertaining.
    The writer writes abaut A New Zealand Adventure. In this story two girls, Sarah and Jessica are going to New Zealand. There, they visit many things with Michael.They also go to South of Island too.
    Sarah and Jessica also go on a boat with Michael. They say that New Zealand is beautiful.

    I recommend this book to all of you.

    BASIC 1

  6. The Magic Barber by John Milne.
    I`m reading this book for English class. This book isn´t entertaining.
    The writer writes about The Magic Barber. In this story the people wear a black hat. On day,they are looking at The Magic Barber. He has a new advert on his cart. The people are reading the advert. It says that the man cuts the hair. Then the people throw their hats in the air.

    B1

  7. Fast Money by K R Cripwell.
    I read Fast Money for my English class.
    The story is about a poor boy; his name was Olu. He worked every day and he slept little. He had a dog, called Benjy. One day Benjy found a paper of Football Pools. Olu started playing Football POOLS to win money. Nobody thought that he was going to win fast money but…
    I think it is a good book and an interesting story to read.
    Basic 1

  8. Javier Bello. Básico 2

    Rumpelstilzchen

    Das Buch Rumpelstilzchen besteht aus drei traditionellen Märchen. Das erste und wichtigste Märchen trägt den Titel „Rumpelstilzchen“ , und erzählt die Geschichte von einer hübschen Müllerstochter. Ihr Vater sagt jedermann, dass sie Stroh in Gold verwandeln kann. Das ist nicht wahr. Der König hört aber die Geschichte an. Denn sagt er dem Mädchen, dass sie das Stroh in Gold verwandeln soll, sonst muss sie sterben.

    Das zweite Märchen ist „Frau Holle“, und erzählt von einem schönen Mädchen. Sie wohnt mit ihrer bösen Mutter und ihrer hässlichen Schwester. Sie fallt in einen zauberen Brunnen und plötzlich wacht sie in einem verschiedenen Welt auf.

    Das dritte Märchen trägt den Titel „Vom Fischer und seiner Frau“. Ein Fischer angelt einen Fisch, der ihm Wünsche erfüllt.

  9. Monseñor Quixote, Graham Greene.
    Uma das últimas obras deste escritor, é um romance curto que representa uma espécie de reconstrução, continuidade ou mesmo paródia do Dom Quixote, do Miguel de Cervantes. Com muito sentimentalismo e excelentes pinceladas de bom humor, o autor traz à tona, quase sem nenhuma sutileza, um questionamento das ideologias e valores relacionados com a amizade, a política e a religião. Uma leitura deliciosa e muito recomendável, disponível em vários idiomas.

  10. The Wind and the Sun by Esopo
    The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger one,while they were watching a traveler; and both
    showed their capabilities winning the brightness of the sun to the wind.
    I really liked this fable and I recommend it.

  11. I´m reading “The Blue Cat Club” by Bernard Smith.
    This is a very interesting book.The story is about a couple who go to see a show in a club. There are some shows; they see a show of a magician.
    For me, it is very easy to read. I am learning a lot of words (necklace, sword, hole, truck…).
    I recommend it.
    Basic 1

  12. Os nenos da varíola

    Ola, prezados lectores,

    Velaquí o meu parecer sobre o libro Os nenos da varíola de María Solar, licenciada en bioloxía, diplomada en maxisterio, xornalista e presentadora d´A Revista Fin de Semana da TVG e do programa de libros Chamando á Terra da Radio Galega e escritora.

    A novela desta compostelá basease na Expedición Balmis e versa sobre como vinte e dous nenos dos hospicios de Madrid, Santiago e sobre todo A Coruña levan, brazo a brazo, a vacina da varíola a América. Alén diso, cóntase como se vivía a epidemia antano e como era a vida decote nos orfanatos.

    Os personaxes que máis me engaiolaron foron Ezequiel, o doutor Posse e a reitora Isabel Zendal pola sensibilidade de cada un. Abofé que o primeiro me cativou de forma especial até o punto de que, unha vez rematada a lectura, devecía por saber se el e Inés existiran realmente.

    Aló por san martiño de 2017 conversamos por Skype coa autora e confirmounos que Ezequiel non existira como tal. Verbo disto, a historia faina apetecíbel a mixtión de ficción e veracidade asemade. Amais, revelounos que Juan Antonio, un expósito de cinco anos de Santiago, fora lucense.

    Convídovos a lérdelo no voso lecer de quererdes coñecer máis deste episodio que inicia unha das grandes fazañas médicas da humanidade ou se tiverdes unha migalla de curiosidade polas personaxes das que vos falei.

    Despídome aproveitando para dicir que se le decontado e é ameno.

    Deica outra,

    Rocío Modia

  13. Estive a ver este filme português, Os gatos não têm vertigens, o qual me fez chorar um bocadinho, mas gostei imenso.
    Conta a estória duma grande amizade entre um jovem criado com pouco afeto e desencantado da vida, Jó, e uma mulher idosa, Rosa, frágil e bondosa, que tinha ficado viúva há pouco tempo. Entre os dois nasce uma enorme cumplicidade que, apesar de incompreendida por todos, se torna cada dia mais forte e verdadeira.
    Adorei, em especial, a interpretação da atriz principal, Maria do Céu Guerra, e a canção de Ana Moura, Clandestinos do amor.

    1. Pelo enredo, parece interessante. Vou incluí-lo na minha listinha para as próximas férias. Assim conheço mais um pouquinho do cinema português. Obrigada!

      1. No meu ponto de vista o realizador esforça-se por pôr em evidência questões sociais, afetivas e éticas presentes na sociedade atual. Longe de utopias irrealizáveis lança uma mensagem essencial sobre a capacidade do ser humano de mudar as próprias circunstâncias apesar de existirem obstáculos para facê-lo. Afinal, tudo consiste em saber começar de novo, e uma pergunta: “será que vou ser o herói da minha vida, ou o seu lugar vai ser ocupado por outra pessoa?”

  14. J´ai lu le livre la momie du louvre. J´ai aime beaocup c´est trop intèresant. Il parle de deux amis qui vivens á Paris et ils ont une adventure egiptien

  15. Pete and pirates by Stephen Rabbey.
    I,m reading this book for my English class. In my opinion ,this book is very interesting. I also think that the story is fantastic.

    The writer writes about Pete and the pirates. Pete is visiting the Caribbean with his mother and father. Pete is finding things with his metal-detector.
    He finds an old knife and together with his new friends find a treasure.
    Basic 1

  16. J’ai lu le livre “Eugénie Grandet” d’Honoré de Balzac. Je l’ai aimé, c’est un livre très intéressant sur la vie d’une femme et ce qu’elle a fait.

  17. The Thursday Thief, authors Mark Foster and Philip Burrows. The story is about a boy who loves to spy, and thinks there are thieves between his neighbours . In the building things disappear , and the boy starts to investigate; the police laught at him. At the end, he finds the thieves an the police congratulate him.
    Basic 1

  18. I read “The Hat” by John Escott.The story is about a traveling hat.It is a suitable book for beginners with a surprising end.
    I recommend it.
    Basic1
    Carmen

    1. Hi Carmen,
      I am reading “The Hat ” by Jonh Escott at the moment, this book is very entertaining.
      I like the story a lot .
      The Hat travels across a lot of cities with different people.
      This my second reading in English, it is easy.
      I recommend it, I love this book.
      Basic 1

  19. I´m reading my second book. It´s “Island for sale” by Anne Collins.
    It is about the story of a man with money problems. He has one island with a castle and he doesn´t want to sell them. But during a walk he and his dog meet a beautiful woman. She thinks that they can make a lot of money together.
    I recomment it.
    Basic 1

  20. O Alienista, de Machado de Assis

    É um romance muito breve que tem como protagonista um médico, o Dr. Simão Bacamarte, de família nobre e o maior dos médicos do Brasil. Estudara em Coimbra, depois voltou ao Brasil, renunciando à petição de el-rei de que regressasse à Universidade de Coimbra ou mesmo assumisse os negócios da monarquia em Lisboa. Mas ele somente queria dedicar-se à ciência e somente na vila de Itaguaí…
    Se vocês quiserem saber o que é que ele faz lá, convido-os a lerem o livro.

  21. Filme: Rio
    Numa floresta perto do Rio de Janeiro, no Brasil, há pássaros de várias espécies e várias dessas aves são engaioladas, entre elas, uma ararinha azul que é pequenina e não sabe voar. Levam-nas a Minnesota, nos Estados Unidos. A gaiola da ararinha azul por acaso fica abandonada e encontra-a uma rapariga chamada Linda…
    Acho que é um filme interessante pelos valores que transmite e, além disso, tem muito boa qualidade de imagem.
    Se gostarem dos animais, encorajo-os a que o vejam.

  22. Filme: 4 copas
    Trata da atitude duma jovem que vive com o seu pai e a madrasta, com quem trabalha, e descobre que ela mantém uma relação secreta com outro homem mais jovem do que o pai e, além disso, tem o vício de jogar ao bingo…
    O que é que ela fará? Até onde estará disposta a chegar?
    Vocês podem descobrir!

  23. Filme: Adeus, pai
    Trata de um pai que não se tinha preocupado com o seu filho até quando ele era já adolescente… uma noite o pai vai ao quarto do filho e diz-lhe que decidiu passar as próximas férias com ele e que iriam os dois sozinhos ao arquipélago dos Açores….
    O que é que se passa lá?
    Animo a que o vejam.

  24. Caderno de memórias coloniais, de Isabela Figueiredo.

    Uma escritora portuguesa contemporânea, filha de um colono, relata a dura vida dos moçambicanos no período colonial, a partir de recordações da sua infância. Apesar da sua adoração pelo pai, acaba por traí-lo ao expor sua ideologia racista e as barbaridades que cometia com os negros, escravizados em sua própria terra. É um tema bastante tratado na literatura lusófona, embora escassas vezes esta perspectiva partisse de escritores portugueses.

    Um livro que se lê fácil e rapidamente. Uma leitura que vale a pena.

  25. Newspaper Chase by John Escott.
    I´m reading ´Newspaper Chase´by John Escott at the moment.
    I think it is very interesting.I like it because it is very easy to read and it is very short. I am learning new words : for example,” chase”.
    I recommend it.

    Basic 1

    1. I´m also reading this book for my English class.
      I think it is a good book and an interesting story to read.
      The writer writes about a thief that steals a painting in an art gallery and at the end, a girl guesses who the thief is and calls the police.

      Basic 1.

      1. I´m reading “Newspaper Chase” by John Scott at the moment.
        I think it is an interesting book for basic English and I`m learning new vocabulary.
        The story begins with a thief. He takes an expensive painting from an Art Gallery, and … .
        I recommend it.
        Basic 1

      2. I agree with you,Lorena.It is the first book I`m reading in English.It is very interesting to learn the language.
        I recommend it.
        Thanks.
        Básico1

    2. I am reading “Newspaper Chase” by John Scott at the moment.
      This book is very interesting.
      I can learn a lot of vocabulary. This is my first reading in English , it is easy.
      I don´t like Harry because he is a thief.I like Janey because she is a very good person.
      I recommend it. It is good fun.
      Basic 1.

      1. I think it is an interesting book.
        It speaks about a thief, he hides a painting in a newspaper. Janey discovers him, and calls the policemen.
        I like the book and dislike Harry because he is a thief.

        Basic 1

      2. I`m reading “Newspaper Chase” by John Scott too. The book is very easy to read but it’s not fun for me.It’s a good book for English Beginners.
        I recommend it.
        Basic 1

      1. Hi Joe!
        I´m reading “Newspaper Chase” by Jonh Escott too.
        For me, it is very interesting because I´m learning new words (for example “reward”) and to practise the present continuous.
        Bye,
        Cristina
        Basic 1

  26. Nas últimas semanas li o “Fio das missangas” de Mia Couto, um livro de estórias breves das vidas que se condensam no ser humano. Mia Couto escreve com poesia no texto, tem uma capacidade de seduzir-nos com as estórias complexas apertadas em meia dúzia de linhas, e nelas há brilho e surpresas imprevistas! Há inquietude, angústia, medos e muitas mulheres enigmáticas, fortes e imprevisíveis.
    Achei realmente fascinante o conto de “Maria Pedra no cruzar dos caminhos”, que trata da decisão de uma mulher que quer proteger a sua mãe. O conto parece ambíguo quanto ao que acontece ou deixa de acontecer, mas a última frase desvela-nos a realidade da situação. Na minha opinião, é um conto magnífico!

    1. Parece muito interessante, Anxos. O Mia Couto é um dos melhores representantes da literatura africana. Fico contente de saber que o estás a ler.

  27. Um dia, de David Nicholls, livro que estou a ler em formato ebook, que é o que eu utilizo normalmente.
    É um romance britânico que foi nomeado Livro de ficção mais polular do ano dos Galaxy National Book Awards de 2010. Em agosto de 2011 foi lançada uma adaptação cinematográfica com Anne Hathaway e Jim Sturges nos papéis principais. Há apenas uns dias que este filme foi exibido no canal 1 da TVE. Os protagonistas são Emma e Dexter, que no dia 15 de julho 1988 se conheceram, após uma festa. Esse dia vai ficar marcado para sempre na vida de ambos. A estrutura do livro é muito curiosa, já que o autor conta o que acontece com o casal nesse mesmo dia em que se conheceram, o 15 de julho de cada ano, ao longo de duas décadas. Por vezes, os protagonistas nem mesmo se encontram nesse dia, mas vemos o momento no qual estão e a retrospetiva que fazem do acontecido desde que não se veem.
    Estou a desfrutar muito com essa leitura, que mostra como a vida continua com o amor como protagonista, apesar da diferença que há entre essa vida e a que eles sonhavam ter. O livro tem fácil leitura e é muito recomendável.

  28. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

    The first book that I read in English this year was Jack London´s “The Call of the Wild”. Jack London was an American writer and journalist. He lived in the first part of the 20th century.
    Buck, a young St. Bernard dog, is stolen from his Californian home. After many adventures, he learns to survive.
    At the end of the book he hears the strange voice of the wild….

    I recommend this book

    Intermediate 1

  29. How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you.

    It is a comic which shows typical situations with cats, moreover it shows funny facts related to cats at home or at work. What is more, the writer also compares cats and babies, for example.

    I recommend this book because I enjoyed reading it. It is easy to read although there is some shorthand. If you like cats, you should definitely read it.

  30. ,,BIN ICH SCHÖN?” von Doris Dörrie

    Das Buch hat 17 kleine Geschichten, manche sind zwischen ihnen verbunden. Es handelt sich um Erfahrungen, die wir in unserem täglichen Leben finden können. Es reflektiert, nicht nur das schwere Zusammenleben der Menschen, sondern auch Sehnsüchte und Frustrationen der Ehepaare. Mir hat die Erzählung ,, Meine Freundin” besonders gut gefallen, weil es eine schöne und enge Freundschaft zwischen zwei Frauen beschreibt. ,,Wonderknife” fand ich leider nicht so interessant, denn für mich war es eine übertriebene Situation.

  31. ,,SCHACHNOVELLE” von Stefan Zweig

    Diese Novelle fand ich sehr interessant, nicht nur weil sie eine schöne Geschichte erzählt, sondern auch weil sie sehr descriptiv und spannend ist. Der Autor erzählt uns, wie unser Hauptdarsteller entdeckt, dass in seiner Schiffahrt von New York nach Argentinien ein Weltberühmter und ehrgeiziger Schachspieler am Bord ist, und wie dieser von einem Unbekannten in mehrere Schachpartien besiegt wird. Inzwischen beschreibt uns der Schriftsteller auch, wie der Lebenslauf von einem unbekannten Schachspieler ist, und auf welcher Art er das Schachspielen gelehrnt hat.

  32. The Red Virgin and the vision of Utopia
    The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia is the latest in a series of graphic books by the artist Bryan Talbot and the historian Mary M Talbot. A graphic biography about a saintly feminist who fought on the barricades of the French Commune and the story of an unlikely revolutionary icon point to new socialist futures.
    I highly recommend this book.

  33. Persépolis
    This is the story of Marjane Satrapi, the writer. Marjane was born in Iran into a progressive family. When she was just a little girl, she experienced the “Islamic Revolution” in his country and all the repression that the new government brought. This included strict rules for women like wearing the veil. Then, when she was also living the war of Iran against Irak his parents decided to send her to Europe to save her and she could have a better life. In Europe, Marjane found some happiness but a lot of sadness too.

      1. Yes, I enjoy reading a lot. It is easy to read and it is an interesting personal experience about a current topic.

  34. Billy Elliot by Mervin Burgers
    Billy Elliot is the story of a boy who is different from other boys. He doesn´t like playing football. Then he discovers ballet dancing and he is very good at it. But, his father doesn´t want that for him because it isn´t for hard people.
    Finally, he realised that ballet is something good for him and he becomes the best ballet dancer in his area.

    Intermediate 1

  35. THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS.
    When Bruno´s father got a new special job, he and his family left Berlin and Bruno was a bit sad for a few days. When they arrived to the new house, soon he discovered a “farm” near from his house and he went to explore it.
    There, he met Shmuel and they began a beautiful friendship.
    But their worlds were very different and soon Bruno would understand.

  36. Bruno is the son of a Nazi officer. The family moved to a lonely area near a concentration camp. There he meets Samuel, a boy with his same age and who lives on the other side of the wall. Little by little grows a lovely and strong friendship between them but it ends terribly!

    The book is, whithout doubt, an irony of fate.

  37. THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS.

    When Bruno´s father got a new special job, he and his family left Berlín and Bruno was little sad for a few days. When they arrived to the new house, soon he discovered a “farm” near from his house nad he went to explore it.
    There, he met Shmuel and they began a beautiful friendship.
    But their worlds were very different and soon Bruno would understand…

  38. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

    In this novel, Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his Wife in the Republic of Gilead. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independant woman, had a job of her own, a husband and a child. But all of that is gone now… everything has changed.

    Atwood’s dystopia is a terrifying vision of patriarchal oppression, but it is also a story of rebellion and hope. Frightening, powerful, moving and simply brilliant! Definitely a must-read!

    Join the English Book Club on the 16th of January at 8.30 pm in the school library to comment the first part of the novel (chapters I – IX)!

  39. MATILDA
    I chose this book, because when I was a child I read it at least 5 times. I loved it.
    This book is about a girl named MATILDA.
    She is an extraordinary girl and very intelligent. By the age of four and a half, she had read a lot of books of different authors. Her mind was nimble and she learned quickly.
    However, her parents were so gormless that they considered her a useless and a hindrance. For that reason, she decides to take revenge.
    When she starts going to school, she meets the headmistress. She is a terrible miss who abuses students.
    From that moment, Matilda will develop powers that will make life in school easier.

  40. Windows of The Mind
    This book was published in 2001 and was writen by Frank Brennan, an English writer, and is related about the senses. There are five chapters; eache one with his own main character that who has his own story. The first, a man tastes and smells wine, but he has an accident and he lost this ability. The second one, a journalist woman who smells scandals and seh looks for a fantastic story. Another is a man, he was a hero and he hates the noise and he loves the absolutly silent. Them a famous broadcaster woman that he works in the radio; she is blind and she goes to the USA for having a surgery and can see. The last is an academic lecturer who is learning Tai-Chi in Singapore; he uses the acupuncture.
    All stories are funny and exciting, althoug there are amazing and weird.
    I recomend to read this book.

  41. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie.

    I have recently read this book which is about crimes and murderers.
    Hercule Poirot has received a letter which is simply signed ABC. The writer promises a mystery that is too difficult even for the great mind of the famous Belgian detective.
    He uses his skills in a most clever and unusual way to solve a number of crimes which are different from any others..Although this time he is worried by the letter, there seems to be no case to solve, And then the murders begin…
    I suggest reading this book , because it is interesting and it involves a lot of mystery. It also shows important illustrations in several pages.

  42. The book that I have read is A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, writen by James Bowen, a homeless musician on the streets of London. His life was sad and miserable, and all the money that he earned playing on the streets he spent it on drugs. Until one day a ginger cat crossed his way and changed his life completely. James, with Bob’s help, began to find his way back to the real world. In this book James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector when he was ill or in danger.
    I recommend it because this tale is about hope, friendship, loyalty and trust. I adore cats and this book shows people the power of these special animals.

  43. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    This novel focuses on genetics professor Don Tillman who has an obsession with details and have every single thing scheduled. With a friend’s help, he tries to have a serious relationship with women. But to achieve that, he designs a questionnaire to find a suitable partner.

    I’d like to thank Fátima for making this session possible. It was fairly interesting. I strongly recommend reading this book.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2536464/You-reading-group-The-Rosie-Project-Graeme-Simsion.html

  44. My last book was “Wonder”, by R.J. Palacio. It is the amazing story of August, told by the protagonist, mingling it with the point of view of his relatives and friends.He started school in fifth grade, after being home-schooled by his mom. If the first day of school is difficult for everbody, imagine how August can manage it. He is a little bit physically different. He suffers from a rare syndrome called “Treacher Collins”. And here is where a lot of stories, adventures, enemies and friendships start.

    I really recommend this book for everyone, from students to adults. It is easy to read, with an amazing and heart-breaking story, that apart from the issues of his illness, we will learn values, change our minds and learn how to count our bleesings.

    *PS: Read Wonder before you see the film; which is a recent upcoming premiere!

  45. Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe:
    The book was published in the 90’s. The book shows us the difference between Nigeria’s white colonial government and the traditional culture of the indigenous. Apart from that, the book teaches us how the white man introduces his culture in the Nigerian’s , they proclaim Christianism, the real religion. Most people started to follow this religion, but the main character, Okonkwo, rejects this new religion.
    If you like history I recommend this book, it’s very interesting how the white man arrived in African villages.
    Int-1-7

  46. 1984
    The book “1984” was written by George Orwell in 1948. It´s the vision about a possible future of human civilization in the year 1984. In this society, the government controls the behavior of people with strict rules, repression against opposite or different ideas and a system of cameras in streets and buildings called “Big Brother”. Besides, the government controls the thinking of the people through a system based on fear and lies; controlling the media to invent news, enemies and wars against invisible threats.
    I think it’s a very interesting book because the author wrote this story a long time ago, predicting many aspects of today’s society that we can see or suspect. And who knows, probably, we are living in 1984.

  47. MAUS (by Art Spiegelman) from the EOI Library
    The author is an American cartoonist that tells through Vladek‘s (his father) witness how he survived in Auschwitz during the Nazi invasion.
    The writer has chosen the comic strip as an innovating idea to tell the Jewish Holocaust and gave the characters the appearance of different animals, so the Jews are drawn as mice, the Poles as pigs, the Nazis as cats and the Americans as dogs. Obviously it is a part of history that we all know, but the more we know about it the more devastating it is.
    Art Spiegelman recorded his father’s memories about that time with a tape recorder since 1980 until 1991, during his visits to him, and then he used these recordings to write/draw the book. Vladek told him how he met his wife (the Art’s mom), how they both built their family, how they lost his old son, how they ended up in a concentration camp and how they fortunately survived.
    What may seem as a happy ending story, actually shows us a tale full of cruelty, brutality, betrayals and mainly the absolutely atrocious behaviour of the human being.
    I strongly recommend this book because it’s a new way to know about the 2nd World War, about how far the human race can reach to get its ambitions and most importantly to learn something about our past in order not to repeat it in the future (present).

    PS to the EOI Library, please don’t stop acquiring more comics in English, I love them!

    1. First of all, thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed the book and we hope to purchase more comics in a near future for the school library!

  48. The Blind Man

    ‘The Blind Man’ was written by D.H. Lawrence and published for the first time in 1920.
    The story takes place just after the World War 1 in England. It is about the struggles of a man as he learns to cope with the loss of his sight, narrated by the three main characters.
    It is a short story but it can take time to read it if you look at the details and stop to reflect.
    Communication, disability and human connection are the three issues considered in ‘The Blind Man’.
    I found it striking how the author always uses images of darkness to illustrate the emotions of his characters.
    I recommend reading this tale because throughout its reading you will see how the characters move from having something missing in their lives to being truly whole.

      1. “The thirty-nine steps”, by John Buchan. It’s a good suspense book.
        It is a story of Mr. Hannay, an intelligence officer of the British Army, who served in Africa.
        When he returned to Britain, he has a calm and boring life. But this situation changes when Scudder, an American war corresponsal, who lives in the same building, visited him and told him a mysterious story about a plot to assassinate the Greek Leader Karolides, and showed him some notes that he had written in his notebook.
        One day later, Hannay found his neighbour Scudder murdered on the floor of his flat.
        In that moment, Hannay decides to leave his house and starts to investigate.
        After a lot of turns and coming and goings, he meets with Scudder’s uncle, an oficial of Foreign Office, who helps to discover Scudeder’s killers, and abort their plans.
        To do this, a very important and fundamental thing was the information that Scudder gave Hannay before he died, and the clues written in his diary: “Thirty-nine steps, thirty-nine steps-I counted them-high tide, 10.17 pm.”

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