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Two good books to read for upper intermediate and advanced learners

Mar 21, 2020

Spring is coming and there are more and more warm days. Sadly, we cannot always enjoy the company of others, due to the COVID. But that doesn't mean that we can't have fun.
 
A great idea during these spent at home or on an afternoon spent in a park, is to pick up a new book.
 
Reading is not only fun, but also a way of learning and improving ourselves. We can read about the lives, loves, and thoughts of others. And we can become more empathic and kind, by understanding how many kinds of life there are, and how much suffering others might be going through.
 
A great book, filled with joy and thirst for life, is Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast.' Hemingway writes about his years spent as a young writer in Paris. This was in the 1920s, when Paris was still the centre of progressive literature and painting. The book is filled with interesting details about how a writer works, famous artists, and conveys the boheme atmosphere of the French capital remarkably well.
 
A more recent but equally grasping book is Maxine Hong Kingston's 'The Woman Warrior.' The book is a fantastic account of the author's experiences as an immigrant in the US. It is also a testament to the difficulties and obstacles that all the other Chinese, Japanese, East-European and earlier immigrants had to overcome before them. It is told in an imaginative and unique way, blending personal experiences, family memories, history, and traditional folk stories of personal growth. It is also a very personal and moving book.
 
Reading at home

 

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