Club di Lettura – Intermediate to Advanced

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10 Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Please note that this is now a 1.5-hour class)

Please note: This class fills up quickly. Sign up early!

Book: Caos calmo by Sandro Veronesi ISBN: 978-88-452-3489-7 (Please note that the book title and ISBN number are linked to two different online places from where to purchase. One is semi-local (Cambridge), the other has more used book options. The book also exists as an e-book)
Location: Taught online via Zoom. An invitation and explanations on how to join the meeting will be sent to registered students.
Instructor: Enrico Della Pietra
Price: $243 (early registration) $270 (After 9/17)
Dates: 10/05 – 12/14 (no class during Thanksgiving week)
Need more information? Attend our online Informational Meeting on September 17th. It’s FREE!

You have been studying Italian for some time and are getting quite comfortable carrying on conversations on a large variety of topics but perhaps you are ready for something a bit more challenging to continue to improve your vocabulary and solidify your knowledge of Italian grammar – not to mention insight into Italian culture? Reading a book has not yet been part of your toolbox as both the task itself – not understanding everything, having to look up too many words — seems a bit daunting and the actual selection of a book, a discouraging process! But if someone chooses the book for you and holds your hand throughout the process by allowing you to tackle it in small digestible bites that you get to discuss once a week… you may be in for a pleasant and highly rewarding experience that will contribute to boost your confidence!
So if you are ready to move into the realm of unabridged literature, let the adventure begin!

You will be asked to read a certain number of pages every week at home and once a week, you will “videomeet” with your classmates and instructor for an hour of discussion, clarifications, explanations, etc. — in Italian of course!

If you need assistance to determine if this class is right for you, we would be happy to help. Please SIGN UP TO ATTEND OUR ONLINE INFORMATIONAL MEETING on September 17th. It’s FREE! And if you can’t, please get in touch!

Riassunto del libro

“Mi chiamo Pietro Paladini, ho quarantatré anni e sono vedovo”. Si presenta così il protagonista di Caos calmo. Un uomo apparentemente realizzato, con un ottimo lavoro, una donna che lo ama, una figlia di dieci anni. Ma un giorno, mentre salva la vita a una sconosciuta, accade l’imprevedibile, e tutto cambia. Pietro si rifugia nella sua auto, parcheggiata davanti alla scuola della figlia, e per lui comincia l’epoca del risveglio. Osservando il mondo dal punto in cui s’è inchiodato, scopre a poco a poco il lato oscuro degli altri, di quei capi, di quei colleghi, di quei parenti e di tutti quegli sconosciuti che, ciascuno sotto il peso del proprio fardello, accorrono a lui e puntualmente soccombono davanti alla sua incomprensibile calma. Così la sua storia si fa immensa, e li contiene tutti, li ispira fino a un finale inaudito eppure del tutto naturale.



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