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Marisa’s advanced English class

GIVE YOUR OPINION

Posted by marisadedios on January 23, 2008

Which book have you read? Did you enjoy it? Why (not)? would you recommend your classmates to read it?
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25 Responses to “GIVE YOUR OPINION”

  1. lunadehielo said

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  2. santiago said

    I have read a book called THINKS, by David Lodge.
    A writer women recently widowed meet a scientist man in the University of Gloucester, where she has gone to teach a writing course. They will be attracted each other in different ways thought.
    He always explains people behaviour from a point of view absolutely logical and rational, like we were machines, whereas she is much more humane and thinks that feelings are above reason.
    In any case, she finally falls in love with him, whereas he only wants to make sex with her.
    The different points of view they have about life in general will give raise to interesting conversations between them. The reality and some deceptions will probably change their opinions about many things.
    For me,the novel is a few confuse at first, but little by litlle is going to hooking you.
    If you find to read something to enjoy without many aspirations, I think this novel could be a good idea.

  3. Mila said

    I’ve read “Life & Times of Michael K” by J.M. Goetzee and I have to say that I didn’t enjoy at all reading this book. It isn’t the kind of book I’d recommend my classmates. It was difficult for me to understand it, because of the language and the main character. It is a deep and disturbing novel. All in all, the sort of book I’d rather read in Spanish.

  4. lunadehielo said

    Understanding The Scarlet Letter

    First of all sorry for the previous post I’m just trying to understand how to use the XHTML, I know the HTML but not this one. After that I can start writing what I actually wanted to do.

    I read the book The Scarlet Letter ,you’ll probably remember it because of the film with the same name. The book is truly different from the film. I recommend it to anyone interested in american literature or american history, since the book is a detailed description of the puritan society created by the first settlers of the New World. Nathaniel Hawthorne , the author, wrote it using archaic expressions, so if you want to read it , it’s better to have a good English dictionary somewhere near. I love the way he describes the shame and the concept of puritan sin. It’s not a page-turner,but I enjoyed reading it.

    P.D If you haven’t seen the film, read the book first

  5. ayusga said

    First of all, I have to say I’m sorry ’cause I couldn’t come to the “oral test” in class and discuss about our readings. I was fond of it, really!. I’ve chose “I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT” ’cause it was the first book I bought three years ago on a trip to London. I’d heard of it because a sipnosis on a free magazine, and I thought it would be nice to read it, but the truth is that I haven’t found the time to read it. And this is was my chance to read it… at last!!! Well, it’s not a great book, you know, the kind of book that takes your breath away and aims you to read more about the main characters… But it’s funny and you can laugh sometimes.
    I have to say that I was reader of that “kind of books”, I mean, Britney Jones and all that stuff, especially on trips or on the underground. They’re very easy to read. And this is one of them.
    It’s about a woman on her thirties, with an important “male” job, two little sons (a dougther and a son) and “hapily” married to a man that is more a housekeaper than her. And all the problems she finds on her way to have a perfect life: how to be succesful at a good job, and how to he the perfect mother…
    Necesarily you sometimes you have to hate her, ’cause it’s the typical woman that pretends to be perfect in all the aspects of your life… and what finally she realices is that the most important is to be happy with your life. No worries. But on the way to that decision, she founds a handsome American that tries to have an affair with her, a mother-in-law that doesn’t thinks she’s a good mother, and a 5-years-old daugther that knows her mother could leave at anytime.
    It’s supposed that every woman on earth would love this book… I don’t think so, but sometimes it makes you think about our priorities in live. And, why not? I recommend it to all of you, and if you read it, we could discuss about the book later!!

  6. vgr10 said

    MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden is the book that I´ve read.

    I´ve enjoyed this story a lot. Perhaps somebody has seen the film, but in my opinion, the book is much better than the film and very different. It´s about the sad story of a Japanese sisters whose are sold by their father because they were a poor family and only one child will be a geisha.

    I recommend this book because you can know the Japanese culture (that it´s very different to our culture), you can imagine the great clothes, make up and other accesories they were wearing…), also, you can realise and think about the life, that is not always easy for everybody, but if you want to survive, you need to be strong and to jump the setbacks.

  7. Ana said

    I’ve read the book ‘Brick Lane’. It’s about a Bangladeshi girl who is forced to marry a man much older than her and go to live to London. She spends the whole day at home cleaning and cooking for her family. She doesn’t love her husband, she isn’t happy and her children are the only reason for living.
    Some years later, she meets a young Muslim and has an affair with him. She learns that she can take control of her life and that she doesn’t have to live submitted to Fate as she was taught since she was a child. She starts fighting for her hapiness and her daughters’ interests.

    I like the book but it is a little bit boring. I find the story very moving and interesting but the narration is too descriptive and slow. One positive point is that the author gets bringing the setting and characters to life and you have the feeling of being with them, sharing their problems.

  8. Guadalupe said

    I’ve enjoyed a lot the reading of THINKS by David Lodge. Though a bit strange at the start because of its two first-person narrators, it became really easy and gripping staight away. The most interesting thing is just this intimate, random and secret language that fluents from the two narrators and main characters. Two different points of view; male,married and scientist on one hand, and female, bereaved and writer on the other, of the same pasionate and provocative relationship.

  9. Lorenapeiro said

    I’ve read “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden.
    The novel tells the story of a little Japanese girl who is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house after her mother’s death. Moved by her love to the Chairman, she works really hard and learn rigorous arts to become a desirable geisha in order to survive in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto. Over the years she becomes a successful geisha who entertains many businessmen and officials, but the outbreak of World War II represents a new change in her life. Once again she can manage to survive.

    In my opinion this novel, told in first-person voice, is a page-turner, I was hooked from the first page. It’s very readable, easy to understand, although it has many descriptions about kimonos and make-up that can be a bit boring. Through the reading of this book you can get an idea of the secretive and mysterious world of geisha, now almost vanished. I found the story quite moving and I enjoyed it a lot, so I would recommend it to my classmates.

  10. arantxalcocer said

    I’ve read “The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster.

    Consist of three short independen stories; The first one “City of Glass” The second one, “Ghosts” and the third one “The Locked Room”
    They’re mysterious thrillers of detective stories that make the reader think about identity. Every case is left unsolved or the main character can’t find a logic way to explain it.

    My favourite storie is the first one “City of Glass”, as good as page turner book. Even the story is short it involve the reader who came across with new suprises. The fact that the main character (Who is a writter) accepts the “rol” of a private detective and try to be on the skin of the man he pretends to be is really grips you.
    However, some parts are a bit confusing so the reader could be lost in the plot. But, even that, I hardly recommend it to everyone, it’s really nice, you are going to enjoy it.

  11. Franxapa said

    Mine is Mark Haddon’s “Spot of Bother”. I think is a really good book, easy to read, fresh and funny. Nothing to do with “Slow Man”, so, well, slow and sleepy. In fact, i’m thinking to buy it in spanish too

  12. gloria sanchis said

    I ‘ve read HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby.

    The story’s talked by a woman who is the main character of the novel. She’s Katie and she’s married to David. In spite of having a family and a job (she’s a doctor) she’s unhappy because her husband is a cynical, angry and sarcastic writer. So she has an affair with another man and she asks her husband for the divorce.

    But suddenly David changes when he meets GoodNews, who is a mysterious healer. Now instead of the sarcastic, angry and cynical man that David has always been he’s a kind and generous person.

    However, Katie is confused. She isn’t sure if she prefers the old David or the new one. She doesn’t know if she’s a good person or a bad one and she isn’t sure about her feelings toward her own children.

    So she can’t stand this situation and she decides to move of her house and then…

    In my opinion, the story isn’t moving and I haven’t been hooked by it. I haven’t enjoyed reading it. It’s a bit boring and it hasn’t been readable for me. Moreover, I think that it’s a bit confuse because when I finished the book I had to reread the end two or three times to understand what had really happened and even now I don’t know if I’m right or not about the end.

    So I wouldn’t recommended this book it’s a bit confuse but maybe if you have read other books of this author you can understand it.

  13. Juan Mir said

    Where do we go from here? Does the paradise exist? We all have made sometimes this kind of questions… Like Bernard, the main character of the book “Paradise News” by David Lodge. Bernard was born in South London, in a lower middle class family. He is about forty. He has a Sister, Tess, and two brothers. He decided he had a vocation at the age of fifteen. And after a lot of thoughts, being always worried about sin, and other problems like sex, education, eternal salvation… he became a priest. But having explored other doctrins, and Daphne coming into his life (she was a senior nurse, and he knew her taking care of a nun), he lost his faith. He was expected for his parshioners to provide them news of eternal life, paradise news, but it wouldn´t be possible anymore, because he had became on an atheist priest, or at least, on an agnostic one.
    During the reading, there are a lot of very diferent characters; Tess (Bernard´s arrogant sister), Sophie Knoepflmacher (who seems to become a good friend of Mr Walsh, and wants to travel to London to vistit him), Roger Sheldrake, Sue and Dee, the Best family, Russ and Cecily… That´s why, as it is said by the author, “Bernard finds Waikiki more like purtatory”.
    Anyway, people goes to Hawai to find the Paradise in the country where there are not seasons and seems that times doesn´t goes by. It is by far the most similar you could find of an eternal life.
    I think It’s a very readable book, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and makes you think a lot about religion. I recommend it to you.

  14. Elisabet said

    The book I have read is Memoirs of a Geisha, from Arthur Golden. It is about the life of a Geisha, since she was a child and lived in a small house near the sea, until she was an old geisha. The book involves you in the Japanese culture, and it is really interesting because you can discover the geisha´s world.
    I knew Geishas entertain men, but I didn´t know that the tea ceremony was so important, as well as dancing, singing and playing an instrument. And of course, their training is extremely hard becausse the young students must attend their lessons and do the household chores of their okiya.
    I recommend this book because you can discover a culture really interesting, and also it is a love story that I am sure you will enjoy it. The book has been a best-seller, I think because the more you read, the less you can´t put it down.

  15. Juan Mir said

    Where do we go from here? Does the paradise exist? We all have made sometimes this kind of questions… Like Bernard, the main character of the book “Paradise News” by David Lodge. Bernard was born in South London, in a lower middle class family. He is about forty. He has a Sister, Tess, and two brothers. He decided he had a vocation at the age of fifteen. And after a lot of thoughts, being always worried about sin, and other problems like sex, education, eternal salvation… he became a priest. But having explored other doctrins, and Daphne coming into his life (she was a senior nurse, and he knew her taking care of a nun), he lost his faith. He was expected for his parshioners to provide them news of eternal life, paradise news, but it wouldn´t be possible anymore, because he had became on an atheist priest, or at least, on an agnostic one.

    His aunt Ursula phoned him to tell him that she had a malignant melanoma, an she has developed secondaries. She had emigrated to Hawai during the 2nd World War with an american soldier called Rick. When she was a child, her elder brother Sean had sexually abused of her, lefting her with a disgust of physical sex that she was never able to overcome. It ruined her marriage. Jack Walsh (Bernard´s father) had been an eye-witness. And now she was leaving, she needed a Jack´s explanation. Jack had to travel to Hawai. Now Bernard had to persuade his father.

    There are a lot of very diferent characters; Tess (Bernard´s arrogant sister, whose stormy relationship is revealed at the end) Sophie Knoepflmacher (who seems to become a good friend of Mr Walsh, and wants to travel to London to vistit him), Roger Sheldrake, Sue and Dee, the Best family, Russ and Cecily… Thats why, as it is said by the author, “Bernard finds Waikiki more like purtatory”.
    Anyway, people goes to Hawai to find the Paradise in the country where there are not seasons and seems that times doesn´t goes by. It is by far the most similar that you´ll find of an eternal life.

    I think It’s a very readable book, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and makes you think a lot about religion. I recommend it to you.

    PD: Sorry, I had forgotten a paragraph.

  16. fernandobustamante said

    My choice was one of the most famous Paul Auster´s books; “The New York Trilogy”. In this book we can find three different stories about writers and detectives playing roles that are mixed and even confused among them. These three little novels can be read separately but are also connected to each other in several ways such a shared characters.

    In the first story, City of Glass, we find a bored writer who is mistaken for a detective named Paul Auster, and decides to pass for him helping a man who thinks his father is coming back to kill him.

    The second tale, “Ghost”, is a detective, called Blue, hired by a man named White to follow another man named Black who does nothing but write. Blue becomes bored and starts to ask himself about who spies who.

    In the last one, “The Locked Room” the narrator tells us about one of his best childhood friends who disappeared leaving a pregnant wife and several unpublished stories. The narrator has his friend’s work published with success and he replaces him in his family.

    In all of the three stories the main characters fall in a paranoid confusion of personality carrying them to the darkness of madness so close the desire of death. The author explores one of the deepest feelings of human being, the own existence and our harmony with our own personality. I found this book very interesting but difficult to read and understand because of the complex experiences and feelings that are narrated.

  17. veparsan said

    I have read “A spot of bother” by Mark Haddon. This is the author who wrote “The curious incident of the dog in the night time”, this is the reason why I choose that book because I liked a lot “The curious incident…”. First of all I have to say that “A spot of bother” is not so good as the first book, but in the end is not so bad, it’s a gripping story and I recommend it.

    The book is about the human relationships. It’s a familiar drama, with a note of humour, that shows the feelings and the behaviour of a “normal” family that loses their common sense in everyday situations.

    The most I liked about the book was the style because there isn’t a main character and, instead of that, the whole family is the centre of attraction. Each chapter is about a member of the family and the feelings and situations of each person are related in parallel.

    At the beginning, all the difficulties are individual problems because each person is living his/her own life but, in the end, all this situations affect the whole family, even more when the wedding of the daughter is near (the wedding is the main link among the family).

    …I don’t want to reveal the details in case you want to read it.

  18. Lola Ortiz said

    I have read “The Eight” by Katherine Neville. The novel is about Catherine Velis is a computer science expert who works for a great company located in the city of New York. But by a decision hers with which the company does not agree very, she decides herself on his transfer to Algeria where she will work making a computer science program for OPEC.

    During the days in which she prepares his trip to Algeria, she accompanies to his friend Lily Rad, expert chess player, a match in which Alexander Solarin will know the great teacher of Russian chess, where he will be involved in the death of the opponent of Solarin, Anthony Fiske, and in the disappearance of the driver of Lily, Saul. From here and without wanting one will be it embarked in the search of the pieces of a legendary chess, the chess of Montglane that according to the legend belonged to Carlomagno and that in its pieces locks up a formula that abre to the doors to a power superior. A search similar to which two centuries before Mireille undertook, a beginner of the Abbey of Montglane to reunite all the pieces that were unearthed and dispersed far from the Abbey in the beginning of the French Revolution, to avoid that it fell in mistaken hands.

    Commentary

    As if outside the own game, the novel begins with a series of personages to whom little by little they are added more, of such form that after the movements that are related throughout the novel is only the main ones, being clear the relations among them, who at the beginning of the book are perhaps quite turbid.

    The story hooks by the mystery that locks up parallel histories, the disparity of scenes and situations. From the French Revolution to the New York of the 90 it is the interval of jump of the narration.

    Perhaps the end is the unique part that seems not to be around the rest of the argument, but as usually it is said there is no end for all the pleasures.

    In summary, a very recommendable book.

  19. Amparo said

    I have read “A Spot of Bother” written by Mark Haddon. I have chosen it because two years ago I read “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” and I really enjoyed it.

    If I had to choose one of them, probably I would choose “The curios incident of the dog” because the story is more original, clever, and witty. But this does not mean that I have not enjoyed the book, on the contrary!

    Although the story told in “A Spot of bother” is very common (the crisis of a family whose members are involved in their own lives)I have liked it because it is crammed with comic episodes and the characters are very close to us.

    It is a book very readable, which make you laught a lot and finally you can’t put it down.

    Also, it is structured in very shorts chapters and there isn’t too difficult vocabulary. Howewer, you can learn a lot about idioms and expressions because you can find a lot.

    Definitively, I recommend this book.

  20. alimarti said

    I have read “New York Trilogy” written by Paul Auster. I enjoy reading this book. Not also is it a readable book, but also it is very interesting. I have chose this book because I want to read something written by Paul Auster and after reading New York Trilogy I am very interested in his work.

    In my opinion, Auster, who won a Nobel Prize, makes a fantastic and unsual detective tale. The book is estructured in three stories which have an amazing connection that only a avid reader will discover.

    The three stories, called City of Glass, Ghosts and The Locked Roon, have as the main character a man descending into madness.Also, the vocabulary it is not difficult and the literary style is fantastic.

    I recommend you this book if you want to read something different and make you think about the human condition.

  21. María Dolores said

    I’ve read Memoirs of a geisha. I recommend you because it is enthralling,breathtaking,you can’t give up reading. It’s very readable and you are hooked throughout the book.
    we are submerged in a different world, different culture, the geishas’s world. It is a novel of love,war,hardship, where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are taught from early ages to beguile the most powerful men and that they have no other choice during their lives, no choice to feeling,only pretending.I ensure you will enjoy reading it.

  22. beatriz said

    I have readen The Da Vinci Code, I think it is an interesting book,I enjoyed the story very much because sometimes when you are reading you could think that all that the book is teelin you could be true and how our history could change if the secret is real and one person found it.I think the vocabulary is quite easy,althougt the book has a lot of descriptions and characters so you have to be concentrated when you are reading if yu want to understand it.
    I watched the film two years ago and I think the book is better than the film not only because there are more descriptions of places and more explications, but also because there are many diffences between he book and the film,I think the most importat is the final , I liked more the book´s final.
    I consider this book a best seller, I love reading, maybe I´m a book reder but this book I think it is the best I have ever raden.If you have only watched the film I recommend you to read the book, I think it is necesry.

  23. monicamoreno said

    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is the book that I´ve read.
    This book is a mystery novel. The artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals are real. Like the mysteries hidden in Da Vinci´s paintings.
    I recommend this book because promotes spiritual discussion and debate.
    This book is page-turning, you cannot put it down because the story has so many twists, most unexpected.
    The book is better than the film.

  24. javierq said

    When the facts depicted in this book began, French was the leading language in the World. In the date action ends, arriving its last pages, English tongue takes over from it and starts to takeoff …..What happened between both points of the time? If you want to know it, you should read ´Stopping Napoleon´, which author, Tom Pocock is a specialiced writer in historical subjects. In an educational but pleasant way, he gets to show you the complex chessboard that was the Europe of early XIX th century beginning the story after Trafalgar Battle when Englishmen ruled the sea and the Europe’s lands belonged to Frenchmen.The author goes on describing us what occurred in those special times , until Waterloo took place and drew a new rising British Empire.
    Oops, is this the section where you wanted to post your comment?

  25. gloria said

    I have read “Thinks”, by David Lodge. Despite I am not an avid reader, the book seems interesting because is a reflection of daily life. Ralph Messenger de main character is a scientific and also a teacher at Gloucester University, he loves captivate women and have an affair with them but he doesn`t want to change his life and much less to get divorce, Helen (the new substitute teacher recently arrived at the campus likes him, but when he achieves his purspose of fucking her (sorry….), it seems that he miss his interest in her.., he´s a cheeky devil because when he discovers that Carry(his wife)has an affair, he gets angry!!
    In my pinion, the boring part is when Ralph and Helen are talking about conciousness, robots and the mind mysterys

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