Conversation Class – Club di Lettura – Intermediate to Advanced – Spring – Afternoon Class

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8 Tuesdays, 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: L’isola di Arturo by Elsa Morante ISBN: 978-8806222642
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: $200 (early registration) $220 (After 4/17)
Dates: 5/03 – 6/28 – NO CLASS on 5/31

You are quite comfortable carrying on conversations on a large variety of topics in Italian but perhaps you are ready for something a bit more challenging to continue to improve your vocabulary and solidify your knowledge of Italian grammar and  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 assigned a certain number of pages to read 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 online informational meeting  or simply get in touch!

Arturo, il guerresco ragazzo dal nome di una stella, vive in un’isola tra spiagge e scogliere, pago di sogni fantastici. Non si cura di vestiti né di cibi. È stato allevato con latte di capra. La vita per lui è promessa solo di imprese e di libertà assoluta. E ora ricorda. Queste sono le sue memorie, dall’idillio solitario alla scoperta della vita: l’amore, l’amicizia, il dolore, la disperazione.

Secondo romanzo della Morante dopo Menzogna e sortilegio (1948), L’isola di Arturo (Premio Strega 1957) confermò tutte le qualità della scrittrice romana: l’impasto di elementi realistici e fiabeschi, la forte suggestione del linguaggio.
Arturo, come Elisa in Menzogna e sortilegio, «si porta addosso la croce di far parte non di un oggi ma di un sempre».


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