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Are you reading Oliver Twist? Do you know who Fagin is? Put the paragraphs below in the correct order and find out.
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Oliver Twist. Analysing Nancy

Nancy is one of the major characters in Oliver Twist.  Fill in the gaps with the correct vowels in the text below and in the end, you will be able to know this character much better.
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Analysis of Oliver

Let's see if you can fill in the gaps and analyse the main character of Dickens' novel.
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Oliver Twist's Basics

What you need to know about Oliver Twist before reading the book.
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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is a mystery novel written by Mark Haddon.

In this book the main character and the narrator of the story is Christopher Boone who is 15 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth but he hates yellow and brown. One night Christopher finds Mrs Shears’ dog, Wellington, murdered. Mrs Shears is his neighbour. When he approaches his neighbour’s house he sees that there is a garden fork sticking out of the dog. Christopher pulls it out and hugs the dog. Just then Mrs Shear appears and she starts shouting at Christopher since she thinks he has killed Wellington. When the police arrive they askChristopher too many questions and too quickly. Consequently he rolls back onto the lawn and presses his forehead to the ground because there is too much information coming into his head from the outside world. A policeman takes hold of his arm and li…

Deaf sentence

Deaf Sentence is a novel written by David Lodge, which tells the story of a retired linguistics professor, whose name is Desmond Bates. He has some difficulties is his daily life due to the fact that he has to wear ahearing aid since he is becoming deaf. Through the story, Desmond teaches us how "Deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic". As a result, he describes some funny situations and some unfortunate misunderstandings. The author also describestous, apart from other topics, how Desmond´s wife, Winifred, manages with his husband problemsat the same timeas she is so busy in her successful business, how Desmond is worried about his father,a 89-year-old person with hearing problems too, and who lives alone far from him, about some linguistics analysis or some historical aspects about the Eiffel Tower or Auschwitz. This novel is worth reading since it is a thought-provoking, moving and funny novel, which youcan'tput down. So, I would recommend it to anyone who likes enjo…


If you don't know Auster, maybe you're thinkingof a medieval story with sea monsters, ships and sailors. You'll be absolutely wrong. InAuster's novel we don't find anything about monsters, seas or similar things. On the otherhand there is a novel, which has the same title and written by Hobbes. ThisLeviathancould have some link with Auster'sLeviathan.Auster,through his caracters,criticisesthe State, a State which Hobbes conceived and described in his work in the 17th Century. The story starts when a man blowshimself up by the side of the road in Wisconsin. In fact that man is Benjamin Sachs and his story is told by Paul Aaron, the main character, a writer who knows Sachs, a writer as well, and tries to explain who Sachs was. The book is interesting and easy to understand. Maybe the main trait is that Paul Aaron seems to be an alter ego of Auster. The story is told inabiographicalway. The characters are a bit complex, on the other hand the plot is easy. The novel s…

The Creeper

It is a story of womanhood and in no way a bestseller. It came to me by chance just before Xmas: one of my friends gave me a bunch of books she was going to throw away as a result of some cleaning and the lack of room for them on the shelves. The Creeper tells the story of two women, Clara and Julia, who inhabit the same house, a beautiful colonial villa in northern Spain, within a century in between. It is written by Josefina Aldecoa. A century apart means different kind of women: one married to a wealthy older man following the current conventions and the other, the independent buying the house a hundred years later to get away from the city. Two not alike female characters yet so similar in what they struggle for…their own identity. The narrative space, the house and park, the passage of time marked by the changes in the landscape through the four seasons, affects women and causes both moments of reflection and either reaction or despair. I enjoyed this vintage reading very much. I foun…

La Regenta

“La Regenta” is a novel that was written by Leopoldo Alas, “Clarín”. The novel was first published in 1884. The author used Vetusta (Oviedo) as a symbol of hypocrisy and ignorance in the Spanish society of the late nineteenth century. Ana Ozores is a young, beautiful and cultured woman married to the ex- magistrate of the city, Victor Quintanar. He is a good, educated man in his sixties that behaves morelike a father thanlike a husband to her. As he was appointed regent of Vetusta’s audience, Ana was known worldwide as “La Regenta”. She feels physically and spiritually ignored by her husband. He spends his life hunting, breeding birds and reciting honour passages. Also, she feels absolutely frustrated in that stupid and hypocritical society. Trying to solve her hesitations, she makes her confession to the priest Fermín de Pas, her spiritual guide. He is an attractive powerful churchman thirty five years old that falls in love with her. She is horrified and rejectshim. On the other hand, A…

Mother Tongue

The book I have read is titledMother Tongue, and itwas writtenby Bill Bryson twenty years ago. Basically, it is an essay about English and the way this language was growing along the centuries, from its origin to our days, when it has become the most important language in the world. In fact, the author tries to explainto us the different factors that have contributed to get English in the first position above alllanguages. Furthermore, the book is full of curious details that make readingitquite interesting. In my opinion,Mother Tongueshould be read by all the students who want to learn English because it could help them to understand everything regarding this language in a better way.

By Isaac. B2

Storm of swords

After having seen the first and second seasons of the TV series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, which was recommended to me by my friend Javier, I could not wait until the next season and I decided to buy “A storm of swords”, which is the third book in a series of seven written by the New Jersey writer George R.R. Martin (sometimes referred to as GRRM). I was very intrigued by the story and I was anxious to know what would happen with the main characters in the series. The book picks the story up slightly before the end of its predecessor, “A Clash of Kings.” The situation at the beginning of the book is the following: the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are still in the War of the Five Kings, with the remaining kings (Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon, and Stannis Baratheon) fighting to secure their crowns. Civil war is destroying the common people. The ruling House of Baratheon and the major houses of Westeros include the following: House Arryn of The Vale, House Baratheon of Storm…

What I talk about when I talk about running

The book I have just read is titled "What I talk about when I talk about running" and that almost explains the whole story. It's written by Haruki Murakami and can be considered as an essay about his passion for long distance running and how this helps him in his work as a writer.

He does not only talk about running, but also about how it has influenced his way of writing and his life.How something that just started as a way of keeping fit has developed as a key for his success as a novelist and how this practice fits with his character. He schedules all the trainings in order to get to the next race in the best conditions even now that he is in his 60`s.

The pages of the book are filled with anecdotes and feelings in which everyone who has ever run may see themselves reflected.
And something that stroke me was the fact that he does NOT recommend running to anyone. He claims that it is something you should do only if you want to. That is the way to enjoy running. 

By Nacho. …

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

By Paloma G. Advanced level. Year 2