Club de lectura virtual en inglés con Klára Kodetová. Octubre / Diciembre 2023
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Klára Kodetová es licenciada en Historia y Filología Inglesa por la Universidad de Carles de Praga y tiene un máster en Estudios culturales por la Universidad de Barcelona y de Profesorado por la Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Es profesora de inglés y también tutora en la UNED Barcelona de asignaturas de Literatura Norteamericana y Mundos anglófonos.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, a riveting story that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.
Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon -- each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle -- are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .
First published in 1990, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on humankind's final judgment will surely be cherished by the devout and the damned alike until the end of all things.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!'
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it's too late. Ebenezer Scrooge learns through a series of ghostly visitations the true value of charity, good humour and love for his fellow man. The spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, each with a terrifying message, point the way toward the old miser’s salvation.
Set in Victorian London that Dickens knew so well, the story is full of wonderful characters: Bob Cratchit, the impoverished clerk; the wretched Tiny Tim, whose plight moves readers to tears; the grizzly ghost of Jacob Marley dragging his chain of money boxes behind him “like a tail”; and a whole host of incidental players.
"A Christmas Carol" captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.