Arhive etichetă: English Literature

Lecturi pentru vara!

1Mayle, Peter. Chasing Cezanne. 

Fabulously successful Camilla Jameson Porter owes her meteoric rise into chic New York society to a sure-fire formula. Her magazine DQ drips with flattering portrayals of the rich enjoying their riches.

Andre Kelly, her favourite photographer, is away in the South of France on the latest assignment when he comes across a curious scene: A Cézanne painting being hurriedly carried out of a villa and into a shabby-looking van. His investigations back in New York begin to reveal a highly lucrative art swindle that involves a shady art dealer who just happens to be Camilla’s lover, and a master forger. Teaming up with his girlfriend Lucy and Impressionists expert cum gourmet Cyrus Vince, Andre returns to France to find the painting. Before long they are involved in a hectic chase through France, hotly pursued by a manic ex-French legionnaire who is determined to use them as shooting practice …

‘No doubt about it, Peter Mayle knows how to conjure up all the pleasures of France – the sun, the food, the invigorating hairpin bends on the Côte d’Azur … Light and sweet’ Mail on Sunday

2Mayle, Peter. Encore Provence. 

‘Mayle is a skilled storyteller’ Elisabeth Luard, Daily Mail

Peter Mayle is back in Provence, after pining away in America for the sights, sounds and smells of his beloved French home. This new book completes his trilogy on the delights and curiosities of Provençal life, as he rediscovers the local customs and cuisine and finds them as enchanting as ever.

There are, of course, some gastronomic treats to be had on the way, including a feast at a converted petrol station and a rendezvous with the famous Marseillaise bouillabaisse. But when lunch is over there are still more moments to relish: learning the secrets of perfume-blending at a school for ‘noses’, the story of a crime passionnel perpetrated by a jealous husband on an oversexed, cycling-short wearing butcher, a connoisseur of funerals, a grower of black tomatoes, and the simple pleasure of finding the best way to idle away a lazy summer afternoon …


Mayle, Peter. A year in Provence. 

Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious 200-year-old farmhouse in the Lubéron and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.

‘Delightfully readable. The style is high comedy and Mayle is bitingly funny about local rural mores. But the jokeyness only partly obscures Mayle’s warm enthusiasm for local life and landscape. He writes vividly … and throws himself with infectious gusto into Provençal sensuality’ Sunday Times

‘Peter Mayle s idyllic portrait makes you almost taste the wonderful food and wine, feel the sun and balmy breezes’ Sunday Express

4Macomber, Debbie. 


Nell Bishop, widowed mother of two children, is turning her property into a dude ranch. And one of her first guests is Travis Grant, an Easterner known for his books about the West. Her kids are crazy about him—and she could fall for him herself. But it’s too soon for her….


Wade McMillen might be a minister, but he’s also a man. An unmarried and very attractive one. So is it as a man that he responds to Amy Thornton when she shows up in Promise, pregnant and alone? Or as a man of God? Maybe it’s both….


Macomber, Debbie. 


Who’s the father of Caroline Daniels’s child? Everyone in town wants to know, but no one’s ever asked—or ever will. The people of Promise are protective of Caroline and five-year-old Maggie. They care. Especially rancher Grady Weston, who’s beginning to realize he more than cares….


They call her Dr. Texas. She’s Jane Dickinson, a newly graduated physician from California who’s working at the Promise clinic— but just for a couple of years. They call him Mr. Grouch.

Cal Patterson was left at the altar by his out-of-state fiancée, and he’s not over it yet. Too bad Jane reminds him so much of the woman he’s trying to forget!

Gopnik, Adam. Paris to the Moon. 

6I closed Paris to the Moon with the complete satisfaction you get from something truly wonderful. . . . Gopnik has written a masterful, vastly entertaining, funny and poignant book. You don’t have to like either Paris or the French to enjoy it. Furthermore, he has loosened the death grip Hemingway had on the place and done much to give us back a Paris we can enjoy on its own terms, a Paris as it surely must be.”

 —    Chicago Sun-Times






Galbraith, Robert. 

‘ For anyone who has ever struggled with the paradoxes and pleasures of visiting France, or for anyone who hopes to make that voyage (everyone, I trust), this is the book for you.”

— The Philadelphia Inquirer

A New Yorker writer of extraordinary grace and skill. . . . Gopnik [sees] the city and its scale in ways that a rushing tourist or self-absorbed artiste might not. . . . Gopnik gets it, profoundly, and he helps readers get what is fascinating, exasperating and satisfying about Parisian life, big and small.”

San Francisco Chronicle




Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. 

“Robert Galbraith’s debut is as hard-bitten and hard-driving as its battered hero. The Cuckoo’s Calling scales the glittering heights of society even as it plumbs the dark depths of the human heart. A riveting read from an author to watch.”







10Joshua. A parable for Today. 


When Joshua moves to a small cabin on the edge of town, the local people are mystified by his presence. A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears to seek nothing for himself. He supports himself by working as a carpenter. He charges very little for his services, yet his craftsmanship is exquisite. The statue of Moses that he carves for the local synagogue prompts amazement as well as consternation.

What are the townsfolk to make of this enigmatic stranger? Some people report having seen him carry a huge oak log on his shoulders effortlessly. Still others talk about the child in a poor part of town who was dreadfully ill but, after Joshua’s visit, recovered completely.

Despite his benevolence and selfless work to bring the community together, some remain suspicious. Finally, in an effort to resolve the community’s suspicions, Joshua is confronted by the local church leaders.

Joshua is a profoundly moving, deeply inspiring book that no reader will ever forget. It has been called „life-changing,” „engrossing,” „inspiring,” and „entertaining.” Rooted in a scrupulously accurate reading of scripture, Joshua has true universal appeal and is a true exercise in spirituality.




Best books from our library turned into films

For you to know, a film adaptation is the transfer of a written work, in whole or in part, to a feature film. It is a type of derivative work. A common form of film adaptation is the use of a novel as the basis of a feature film. Other works adapted into films include non-fiction (includin journalism), autobiography, comic books, scriptures, plays, historical sources, and even other films.

Several years ago, a film adaptation of a book was something rarely happened, it was necessary that the book was very famous to get to this poin., even if right From the earliest days of cinema, in nineteenth-century Europe, adaptation from such diverse resources has been a fascinating practice of filmmaking.

Today there are a lot of films based on our favorite novels. Some novels need to be read before experienced as a film, not because the film is bad by any means, but because the novel offers so much more. Here are some novels you can read and borrow from our library and you don’t want to miss.

The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom. The volume consists of a prologue titled „Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” followed by Book I and Book II. The Lord of the Rings has inspired, and continues to inspire, artwork, music, films and television, video games, and subsequent literature. Award-winning adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have been made for radio, theatre, and film.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the fictional story of a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.In 2005, a film version was released.

In 2005, film director Rob Marshall made a film version of the novel. It stars the Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi as Sayuri, Gong Li as Hatsumomo, and Michelle Yeohas Mameha; and Japanese actors Ken Watanabe as the Chairman, Suzuka Ohgo as Sayuri’s childhood incarnation Chiyo, and Youki Kudoh as the adult Pumpkin.

Filming was primarily done in California, and in some locations in Kyoto, including Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari-taisha. It was nominated for and won numerous awards, including nominations for six Academy Awards, three of which – Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design – were won.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks. The movie rights for the memoir were purchased by Columbia Pictures. The film version, which stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, was released in theaters on August 13, 2010. Columbia Pictures purchased film rights for the memoir and has produced a film version under the same title. It was released on August 13, 2010. American actress Julia Roberts starred in the film; Ryan Murphy directed it.

Love in the Time of Cholera is a novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez first published in Spanish in 1985. Alfred A. Knopf published an English translation in 1988, and an English-language movie adaptation was released in 2007.

Stone Village Pictures bought the movie rights from the author for US$3 million, and Mike Newell was chosen to direct it, with Ronald Harwood writing the script. Filming started in Cartagena, Colombia, during September 2006.

The $50 million film, the first major foreign production filmed in the scenic walled city in twenty years,was released on November 16, 2007, by New Line Cinema. On his own initiative, García Márquez persuaded singer Shakira, who is from the nearby city of Barranquilla, to provide two songs for the film.

One Day is a novel by David Nicholls, published in 2009. Each chapter covers the lives of two protagonists on 15 July, St. Swithin’s Day, for twenty years. The novel attracted generally positive reviews, and was named 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year.Nicholls adapted his book into a screenplay; the feature film, also titled One Day, was released in August 2011.

At the time of the book’s publication, Nicholls wrote that he was adapting his novel as a film script. He acknowledged the difficulties in casting people who „could be both students and middle-aged! But I think we’ve found a way.”

The film was directed by Lone Scherfig for Random House Films and Focus Features, with a theatrical release in August 2011. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgessportrayed Emma and Dexter, respectively. Filming took place in England, Scotland and France.

The English Patient is a 1992 novel by Michael Ondaatje. The book follows four dissimilar people brought together at an Italian villa during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The four main characters are: an unrecognisably burned man—the titular patient, presumed to be English; his Canadian Army nurse, a Sikh British Army sapper, and a Canadian thief. The story occurs during the North African Campaign and centres on the incremental revelations of the patient’s actions prior to his injuries, and the emotional effects of these revelations on the other characters. The book won the Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Award.

Atonement is a 2001 British metafiction novel written by Ian McEwan concerning the understanding and responding to the need for personal atonement. Set in three time periods, 1935 England, Second World War England and France, and present-day England, it covers an upper-class girl’s half-innocent mistake that ruins lives; her adulthood in the shadow of that mistake; and a reflection on the nature of writing.

Widely regarded as one of McEwan’s best works, it was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for fiction. In 2010, TIME magazine named Atonement in its list of the 100 greatest English-language novels since 1923.

In 2007, the book was adapted into a BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, starring Saoirse Ronan, James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, and directed by Joe Wright.

Get ready for new entries! (2)

The-Shock-Of-The-Fall-coverSure you did heard about English culture. Now you have the opportunity to read an original British novel.

We continue to present you the most recent entries of the English Book Hall. This set of English books also includes those books of English writers you are willing to read. Hope you’ll have enough motivation and enthusiasm to get them read, no matter where here at the library or at home. Continuă citirea →

Get ready for new entries! (1)

71EoTrcYeJLYou already know that the library is a great place to study or to get books for free. You already know that we have a wonderful collection of books in English. Our library provides a huge choice of English language books and we are regularly adding to our stock.

Recently we got a new stock of books  for our artistic literature batch. Continuă citirea →

100 Stories for 100 Pleasant Days!

O. Henry. 100 Selected Storiesinsigna EBHIf you want to smile, to cry, to be amazed and surprised, then you simply should read this author’s short stories. They will give you a lot of energy for all-day long. Are you already interested in them? Continuă citirea →