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среда, 25 апреля 2012 г.

Philip Roth “American Pastoral”


Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century’s promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth’s protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father’s glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him. For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager – a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth’s masterpiece.

Alex         

Book trailer Jack London "The Call of the Wild"

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понедельник, 23 апреля 2012 г.

J. Fenimore Cooper “The Last of the Mohicans”

Skirmishes, captures, flights and rescues are only some of the ingredients in this classic tale of bloody conflict between the British and the French in the forests of North America. The story also tells of the cynical exploitation of the native tribes by the two protagonists, setting Indian against Indian, Mohican against Huron. However, there is one honorable European, Natty Bumppo, the loyal and courageous woodsman, who prefers the simple code of natural law to the machinations of the white man. Together with Uncas, the last of the Mohicans, he helps to thwart the efforts of Magua, the sinister Huron, who is intent on preventing Alice and Cora Munro from joining their father, the British commander of Fort William Henry. Oleg

пятница, 20 апреля 2012 г.

Amy Tan “The Joy Luck Club”

“The Joy Luck Club” was published in 1989. A novel by Amy Tan tells the stories of four sets of mothers and daughters. The mothers were all born in China and the daughters all born in America. Each of the four Chinese women has her own view of the world based on her experiences in China and wants to share that vision with her daughter. The four families are connected through the Joy Luck Club that meets each week. After its founding member passes away, her daughter is asked to take her place at the table and the stories begin. This book tells about women’s hopes, fears, and tragic pasts of mothers and is focused on numerous universal themes, such as family, hope, love, sacrifice and wishes for a better life.
Enjoy a good book and learn more about Chinese culture.
Lena

четверг, 19 апреля 2012 г.

Lewis Carroll “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass”

“I had sent my heroine straight down a rabbit-hole … without the least idea what was to happen afterwards,” wrote Lewis Carroll, describing how Alice was conjured up one “golden afternoon” in 1862 to entertain his child-friend Alice Liddell. His dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig, time is abandoned at a disordered tea-party and a chaotic game of chess makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen. But amongst the anarchic humor and sparkling word play, puzzles and riddles, are poignant moments of nostalgia for lost childhood. Original and experimental, the Alice book is recommended for reading because it gives readers a window on both child and adult worlds.
Vasya

среда, 18 апреля 2012 г.

Bob Shacochis “Easy in the Islands”

In l985, Bob Shacochis won the American Book Award for his first fiction ”Easy in the Islands”, a collection of tales about life in the Caribbean. Shacochis traveled in the Caribbean and worked there as a member of the Peace Corps. Among the stories are "Dead Reckoning," which describes a storm at sea, and “Easy in the islands”, in which a hotel manager copes with declining business while storing a corpse in a refrigerator…
“Easy in the Islands” is a collection of nine short stories. All stories are fun and interesting. Much of it is brilliant.
Ann

вторник, 3 апреля 2012 г.

Esmond Wright “Benjamin Franklin. His life as he wrote it”.

Esmond Wright, Professor of History, gives us a good look into the life of Franklin. We see him as a printer, author, businessman, philosopher, politician, diplomat, scientist and a patriot who was a major force in winning his country's independence and securing its life in the Constitution. Born poor in Boston, he died wealthy and esteemed. This book portrays Franklin, "the most modern-minded" of the Founding Fathers, as a cool, charming, stylish, inquisitive figure.
This book was enlightening. I recommend it.
Olga