Club di Lettura – Intermediate to Advanced – Fall – Afternoon Class

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10 Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Please note: This class fills up quickly. Sign up early and remember to order your book as soon a possible!

Book: La solitudine dei numeri by Paolo Giordano ISBN: 978-8804589655 or 978-8804666639 (Please note that the book has two ISBN numbers, linked here to two different pages. It corresponds to the 2012 and 2016 paperback editions. One might be more available in “used books” than the other and at a lower price.)
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 9/19)
Dates: 10/06 – 12/15 (No class on Thanksgiving week)

You have been studying Italian for some time and are 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!
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 discussions, clarifications, explanations, etc. — in Italian of course!

If you know that this is the right level for you, please sign up!

If you need assistance to determine if this class is right for you, we would be happy to help.
Please attend our outdoor open house, our online informational meeting, both or simply get in touch!

Riassunto del libro
(Source: Back cover of the 2012 edition)

Romanzo d’esordio di un giovanissimo scrittore, La solitudine dei numeri primi è stato uno dei più eclatanti casi letterari degli ultimi anni: cresciuto grazie all’entusiastico passaparola dei lettori, il libro ha incontrato il plauso della critica ed è arrivato a conquistare molti premi, tra cui il principale riconoscimento letterario italiano, lo Strega.

Al centro della storia – e di una narrazione che corre tesa verso il finale e brucia per le sue implicazioni emotive – le vite speciali di Alice e Mattia, entrambe segnate da un episodio traumatico accaduto nell’infanzia: un marchio a fuoco che li accompagna, insieme allo sguardo dell’autore, attraverso l’adolescenza, la giovinezza, l’età adulta. I loro destini si incrociano e i due ragazzi si scoprono strettamente uniti eppure invincibilmente divisi. Come quei numeri speciali, che i matematici chiamano “primi gemelli”: separati da un solo numero pari, vicini ma mai abbastanza per toccarsi davvero.


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