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Barrio lector: Leyendo a Roald Dahl

No te pierdas lo que el Barrio del Perpetuo Socorro de Huesca ha preparado para homenajear al gran escritor Roald Dahl:

Estos los libros y películas que tenemos en la biblioteca de Roald Dahl:

 

 
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Publicado por en 14 junio, 2017 en Barrio lector

 

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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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Novedades junio

Estas son las novedades seleccionadas para este mes de junio:

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Publicado por en 31 mayo, 2017 en Novedades

 

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Recomendaciones de los Cafés literarios para este verano

Los libros que entre los muchos leídos este año recomendamos a los lectores de la Feria del Libro son, por consenso (y no por orden de calidad), los siguientes:

 

 

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El futuro ya está aquí…

El futuro y la ciencia ficción, al igual que otros géneros en el cómic, sirven para contar las más diversas historias. Así quedó claro en la penúltima sesión del Club Viñetas y Bocadillos de este curso, en la que se hizo repaso a obras como ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Hombre’, ‘El Incal’ o ‘Valerian’. La última sesión se adelanta una semana antes de lo previsto y tendrá lugar el 10 de mayo. Será la última cita en las instalaciones provisionales de la calle Federico Mayo, ya que la Biblioteca Ramón J. Sender regresará en breve a su ubicación habitual, el Centro Cívico Santiago Escartín Otín.

La sesión dedicada al futuro estuvo muy concurrida, lo que dio lugar a una amplia lista de recomendaciones, además de los “deberes”. Así, los participantes aconsejaron la lectura de obras muy variadas, como ‘Monet’, ‘Viaje al corazón de la tormenta’, ‘Berserk’, ‘Choc’, ‘Astrid Bromuro’, ‘¡García!’ o ‘Dororo’.

En la sesión del 10 de mayo, el protagonismo recaerá sobre el TBO, ya que en 2017 se cumple el centenario de esta publicación, parte fundamental del patrimonio cultural que nos dejó el pasado siglo. En la anterior sesión se realizó una introducción a la historia del TBO clásico; la web Humoristán ofrece un resumen de la misma aquí: 1917-1938, 1941-1952 y 1952-1972. Se recomienda el acercamiento a algunos de los tomos recopilatorios de su material disponibles en la biblioteca.

Como es habitual, la última sesión antes del verano también servirá para proveerse de buenas lecturas: entre todos los participantes realizaremos un listado de recomendaciones para que no falten tebeos a los que hincar el diente en los próximos meses.

Óscar Senar

 

 

 

 

 

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Novedades de mayo

Pincha en la imagen para ver todas las novedades de este mes.

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Puedes consultar los meses anteriores en la página web del Ayuntamiento de Huesca.

Recuerda también, que puedes reservar  tu ejemplar (siempre que esté prestado), a través del Catálogo de la Red de Bibliotecas de Aragón.

 
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Publicado por en 2 mayo, 2017 en Novedades

 

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“The Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye was written by JD Salinger.  Since it was published  in 1954  it was followed by controversial critics because of its protagonist’s explicit sexual language,  that’s why it had been censured and prohibited for years. The book tells us the three days’ journey its protagonist, a sixteen year old boy, makes from New Jersey to New York after being expelled from a boarding school and before going home and telling his parents the bad news.

The book opens when the protagonist and narrator, Holden Caulfield, has failed all his exams and has been expelled from Percy Prep school, the school his parents had sent him as his last chance to get a degree and go to University. At school he shares dormitory with two room mates he hates but things get even worse when we hear about his teachers. Holden feels nothing has sense and needs to escape and that’s when he decides to go to New York and spend the three days he has left before going home for Christmas. He takes a late train and gets to Penn Station where he tries to phone an old friend and some friends in town. Again Holden feels lonely in a city he can’t understand and both the places he visits and the people he meets make him clear this is not the world he should be. In the end, desperate, he comes back home to see his little sister, Phoebe, the only person he really loves, that’s when he tells her he would like to be in a rye field and protect all those kids playing unaware of the danger, just be “The Catcher in the rye”.

In The Catcher in the Rye Salinger tries to describe not only  Holden’s three days in NY but its protagonist’s inner voyage from childhood to manhood. He deals with subjects like loss of innocence, death, youth and religion from a teen’s point of view you will like to understand and love. No wonder the book is considered a classic in American literature since, as all classics, it describes all  those human feelings that are always true.


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