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Archivo de la categoría: Club de Lectura en Inglés

The Remains of the day, Kazuo Ishiguro

The remains of the day is the fourth book by Ishiguro we have read in our reading club after “Never let me go”, “A pale view of the hills” and “Nocturne”s and his third in his literary career. As we all agreed in this novel regret and memories are again the theme round the author focuses all his writing.

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The novel is an accurate portrait of both its main protagonist and the vanished social order of the time. For the last 30 years  Stevens, an elderly butler, has devoted his life to the concept of dignity and honour at Darlington Hall, the old mansion where Lord Darlington lives. He is reserved and his only ambition is to reach the pinnacle of his profession through selfless dedication and total suppression of sentiment. He is proud of his impassive response to his father’s death and his correct behaviour with a former housekeepr, Miss Kenton.

Along the book Stevens remembers his life at Darlingotn Hall to find he has wasted his life in blind service to a man who had the wrong ideas and that he has never discovered the “key to human warmtn”.

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THE AMBASSADORS, Henry James

It is always difficult to read when the author writes hundred and hundred of pages all filled with lots of characters who are constanty manipulating one another in a delicious maddening way, but this is the world of Henry James’ Ambassadors  and the reason why the book is considered a masterpiece. When the book came out in 1903 people started to look at books like this and realized that beneath its hundred pages of description there was a genius who made us think and played with our minds.

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The story of of the Ambassadors is quite straightforward. The main character -a middle-age dude named Strether, has been sent from New England to Paris to find his fiancée’s son and bring him back home as he has to run his family’s business. When he actually finds Chad (the son) he discovers how much he has changed and that now he is a better person he was back in America. This makes Strether wonder if his life in New England has passed him by, as he has always lived a poor and boring existence.

After discovering all the opportunities Paris offers him, Strether decides not to come back to America and support Chad’s new life and friends, that’s when Mrs Newsome decides to send her own daughter and bring both back home. In the end of the story we know the Ambassadors is about learning to overcome your prejudices ad judging things on their own merits. Strether has spent his life judging things he has never experienced and his attitude has kept him from experiencing all the good things life can offer. As he shouts into the face of a young artist “Do what you like so long as you don’t make my mistake. For it was a mistake. Live”. In fact this novel is about learning to live.

But in the end why do we care and consider James’ Ambassadors a classic ? In James’ time, conversational “wrestling” had pretty much become an art form. That’s why James uses the metaphor of ambassadors to describe Strether’s experience throughout the book. Ambassadors spend most of their lives negotiating with people who are often hostile, and their effectiveness depends entirely on how well they can manipulate language to persuade other people to do what they want. This is a crucial skill to learn in life, and it makes a fine display in The Ambassadors.

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The bookshop (Penelope Fitzgerald)

Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel ”The Bookshop” is a detailed portrait of English rural life in the late 1950’s, it can be considered a classic as its  physical and moral map making has not merely lasted but has actually improved with the passage of years.

In 1559 Florence Green, a widow with very short income, is determined to establish herself in Hardborough, a small town by the sea in Suffolk. As the book opens we read a sentence Florence says to summarise the nightmare she had the very first day she decided to buy “The old house”, the building for her library: “She had once seen a heron flying across the stuary and trying, while it was on the wing, to swallow an eel which it had caught. The eel, in turn was struggling to escape from the gullet of the heron and appeared a quarter, a half, or occasionally three quarters fo the way out.” With this premonitory sentence Fitzgerald is anticipating Florence’s struggle and fall.

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 Mrs. Gamart, the rich and cultured landowner,  by way of money and connections, is ready to resist Florence’s bookshop. She wants the Old House for her own pet venture, an arts center. But once again, in the same way as George Orwell, Ray Brandbury, or even Cervants wrote books and reading are considered a menace and a danger by the ruling class in rural England. Something Mrs Gamart can not tolerate.

Finally Florence is forced to abandon her project and leaves the city with two of her favourite books from the Everyman Library  where at their opening pages we read: “Everyman, I will be thy guide, in thy most need to go by thy side.” Books are the main source of knowledge, and they will always be with you.

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“Memoirs of a Geisha” Arthur Goldman

In Memoirs of a Geisha its author, Arthur Golden, unveils the secret rituals of a geisha. A geisha is a Japanese woman whose job is to entertain men. To do that she must learn to pour tea, dance, play the guitar and, of course, to prostitute herself.

In the book we read the story of a young girl named Chiyo, who becomes  one of the most famous geisha of all time in Japan: Nitta Sayuri. When she was a little girl she was sold and taken to an Okiya (house where geishas lived)  in Kyoto and there she starts her apprenticeship.

 

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Her life was difficult as in the same okiya lived Hatsumomo, a beautiful geisha whose only aim was to push Chiyo out of the okiya. One day she met an attractive man, The chairman, and since then she knew she wanted to become a geisha to conquer him. Mahema, another geisha, adopts her and she becomes the most beautiful geisha in Kyoto but she needs a Danna (sponsor in Japanese) that’s why she must accept other men’s company although she loved the Chairman, In the end she gets him and everything finishes happily.

To write his book his author interviewed former real-life geisha Mineko Iwasaki, and , although Iwasaki was a geisha in the 1960s, Golden set his story in the 1930s and 40s, when World War II breaks out and tears the world—and geisha culture—apart. Iwasaki alleges she conducted the interview with Golden in private, and she was furious when the book was published in 1997 and her name was right there in the book’s acknowledgements. But the scandal only added to the book’s success, and Iwasaki herself published her own memoirs: Geisha, A Life.

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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

 

After a long and hot summer we met again in our English reading club, we were happy to see each other and interchanged our opinions and ideas about our summer holiday readings. We all agree that it was nice to be back and start our club we Agatha Christie. The most popular English writer after Shakespeare whose “Mouse trap” can still be seen in London theatres after decades of real success.

 

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Death in the Nile belongs to the group of novels whose main character is Hercule Poirot.  In Death on the Nile the famous detective embarks on a vacation in Egypt but finds himself solving three murder cases. It all starts when Linnet Ridgeway, one of the richest young ladies in London, steals the fiancé of her best friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort. Linnet Ridgeway not only steals Simon Doyle away from Jackie, but she marries Simon and travel to Egypt on their honeymoon. In revenge Jackie starts showing up at all the nice places the just married couple visit. Coincidentally, Hercule Poirot is spending his vacation in Egypt and boards the same ship to sail up the Nile that the Doyles and Jackie de Bellefort take.

One evening after dinner in the ship saloon Jackie starts a noisy conversation with  Simon Doyle and she shots him in the leg. On the same night, Linnet Doyle is shot in the head while she’s sleeping in her cabin. Hercule Poirot takes on the case with his friend  Colonel Race who is investigating a murder in the same ship. During the investigation, two more people are shot and killed, Linnet’s maid and another  passenger, Mrs. Otterbourne. Just in the right time when the ship returns to port Hercule Poirot finds the murderers.

The reading was exciting as Christie narrates the book in the third person and both Poirot and the reader discover the events at the same time, as we read every small detail or conversation matter what makes it difficult to remember everything, but this  is solved in the end by Poirot who gives us an accurate summary of the case. When reading Christie you are never just a mere witness but a detective as well, the reason why her books are so successful. Magnificent !!!!!

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Programación de las actividades anuales 2017/2018

Las Bibliotecas Municipales del Ayuntamiento de Huesca organizamos una serie de actividades para el fomento de la lectura dirigidas tanto al público infantil, como al juvenil, adulto y colectivos especiales.

BIBLIOTECA MUNICIPAL RAMÓN J. SENDER

CUENTACUENTOS 

CONTES EN FAMILLE (a partir de 3 años)

Cuentacuentos en francés para toda la familia. Por Nathalie Brigliozzi.

Día: primer sábado del mes a las 12:00 h. Comienzo: 7 de octubre.

CLUBES DE LECTURA

CLUB COMELIBROS (2º y 3º de  Educación Primaria)

Únete a nuestro club y descubrirás los cuentos, los personajes y las aventuras más divertidas. Por Sandra Araguás.

Día: los lunes a las 17:30 h. Comienzo: 16 de octubre.

 

CLUB LECTURA SENDER

Lectura del mismo libro  para analizar el autor, contexto histórico, género literario, personajes, etc. Por Óscar Sipán.

Día: último martes del mes a las 19:00 h. Comienzo: 31 de octubre.

 

CLUB LECTURA EN INGLÉS

Lecturas de libros en inglés de autores/as de la literatura anglo americana. Por Pilar Martínez-Sapiña.

Día: último jueves del mes a las 19:00 h. Comienzo: 26 de octubre.

 

ENTRE VIÑETAS Y BOCADILLOS

Personajes, autores/as e historias de cómic te esperan en nuestro club de cómic. Por Óscar Senar.

Día: un miércoles al mes a las 19.30 h. Comienzo: 18 de octubre.

 

TERTULIAS CULTURALES

CAFÉ LITERARIO

Tertulia literaria en torno a un café, en la que los asistentes comentan y analizan diferentes obras literarias. Por Ambrosio Lacosta.

Día: segundo martes de mes a las 17:30 h. Comienzo: 10 de octubre.

 

MÁS CINE POR FAVOR Novedad

Tertulia de cine para hablar de tus películas preferidas, directores/as, anécdotas de rodaje, etc. Por Alfonso Gómez.

Día: último miércoles de mes a las 19:00 h. Comienzo: 25 de octubre.

 

BIBLIOJOVEN

FANZINE BIBLIOJOVEN (A partir de 12 años) Novedad

¡Buscamos colaboración para crear un fanzine! Si te gusta hacer fotografías, escribir, preparar entrevistas, etc. ¡Únete a nuestro equipo! Crearemos una revista que hable de los asuntos que más te interesan… Por Abigail Alins.

Día: primer martes de mes a las 18:00 h. Comienzo: 3 de octubre.

 

 

BIBLIOTECA MUNICIPAL A. DURÁN GUDIOL

CUENTACUENTOS 

KID&US READING IN FAMILY (a partir de 3 años)

Cuentacuentos en inglés para toda la familia. Por Kid&Us.

Día: tercer sábado del mes a las 12:00 h. Comienzo: 21 de octubre.

 

CLUBES DE LECTURA

CLUB COMELIBROS (2º y 3º de  Educación Primaria)

Únete a nuestro club y descubrirás los cuentos, los personajes y las aventuras más divertidas. Por Sandra Araguás.

Día: los miércoles a las 17:30 h. Comienzo: 18 de octubre.

 

CLUB PLANETA LECTOR (4º, 5º y 6º de Educación Primaria)

Los participantes de este club descubrirán diferentes lecturas en torno a un tema, un autor/a, ilustrador/a o un género literario. Por Sandra Araguás.

Día: los miércoles a las 18:30 h. Comienzo: 18 de octubre.

 

CLUB LECTURA DURÁN GUDIOL

Lectura del mismo libro  para analizar el autor, contexto histórico, género literario, personajes, etc. Por Inés Mur.

Día: último lunes del mes a las 19:00 h. Comienzo: 30 de octubre.

 

CLUB LECTURA EN FRANCÉS

Lecturas de libros en francés de autores/as de la literatura francesa. Por Marie Calvo.

Día: último jueves del mes a las 19:00 h. Comienzo: 26 de octubre.

 

CLUB DE LECTURA FILOSÓFICA MARÍA ZAMBRANO

Lecturas de libros de filosofía clásica y contemporánea. Por Charo Ochoa.

Día: Tercer martes del mes a las 19:00 h. Comienzo: 27 de octubre.

 

TERTULIAS CULTURALES

CAFÉ LITERARIO

Tertulia literaria en torno a un café, en la que los asistentes comentan y analizan diferentes obras literarias. Por Concha Generelo.

Día: primer martes del mes a las 17:30 h.  Comienzo: 3 de octubre.

 

 

INSCRIPCIONES

Las inscripciones se pueden  realizar a través de la web o en los mostradores de las Bibliotecas municipales

Fechas de preinscripción: del 4 al 22 de septiembre

Sorteo plazas: 25 de septiembre

Publicación admitidos: 26 de septiembre, en el tablón de anuncios de las Bibliotecas municipales y en la web www.huesca.es/areas/bibliotecas

 

 

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“The sense of an ending” by Julian Barnes

In Julian Barnes’ awarded novel The sense of an Ending, its author deals, under a philosophical point of view, with all those feelings and actions that, when getting older, give our human nature sense. The novel is divided into two parts, “One” and “Two”, both narrated by Tony Webster , its main character, when he is retired and living alone.

The first part begins in the 1960s with four school friends, of whom two are the main characters in the novel: Tony, the narrator, and Adrian, the most intelligent of the four. Towards the end of their school days another boy at the school hangs himself, apparently after getting a girl pregnant. The four friends discuss the philosophical difficulty of knowing exactly what happened.

Adrian goes to Cambridge University and Tony to Bristol University. Tony meets Verónica and she becomes his girlfriend. tony is invited to Veronica’s, where he spends an awkward weekend and meets the whole family . Tony and Verónica broke off in his final year at university and then Tony receives a letter from Adrian telling him that he is going out with Veronica. Tony writes back to Adrian and warns him that Verónica isn’t an easy woman to go out with.

Some months later he is told that Adrian has committed suicide, leaving a note saying that the free person has a philosophical duty to examine the nature of their life, and may then choose to renounce it. Tony admires the reasoning. He briefly recounts us the following  forty years of his life until he is in his sixties.

The second part of the novel  begins with the arrival of a lawyer’s letter informing him that Veronica’s mother has left him £500 and two documents. These force him to re-establish contact with Veronica and after a number of meetings with her, to re-evaluate the story he has narrated in the first part. During this period of time only Veronica knows the real truth and Tony and the reader are forced to fill the gaps to know the facts. It is at the very ending that Tony and the reader learn the reason why Adrian took his life.

Its reading is fantastic and the plot really intelligent, we specially enjoyed the second part of the book as it can be considered a thriller because the author writes events and facts in such a way that the reader must take an active role to find out. It was a nice way to finish our reading club and we had an interesting debate about some aspects of the novel.


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