Category Archives: Books

Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

We offer to our readers the Introduction to the book just published, Federica Bergamino (ed). Alice dietro lo specchio. Letteratura e conoscenza della realtà. Edizioni Sabinae, Roma 2013) At the end of theGreat Books course, a student highlighted what she had learnt by concluding that there is a significant resemblance amongst the most prestigious authors…
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Teens caught in trap of “But I like it…”. Social Networks’ “Like It” and “Don’t like it” as today’s ethical boundaries

Last year, my nephew’s friend, a beautiful, radiant girl from a close-knit family, took her father’s pistol and killed herself, leaving behind no more than a few words. Empty, meaningless days. News increasingly reports stories of teen self-destruction, as if an invisible tide had swept away their energy to live. Besides news, which can be…
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On the Quest for Good Reading A journey into the website Delibris.org

We interviewed José Verdiá, director of www.delibris.org: a site that offers free orientation to literary content in English and Spanish. Delibris.org is an international initiative, open to participation by all its users. It springs from an exchange of experiences from people united by the same passion for reading, and it follows a Catholic orientation. Books…
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One Book & Three Tangerines

A.D'Avenia, UNIV Forum – March 31, 2015 Tell me, Muse, of that man, so ready at need, who wandered far and wide, after he had sacked the sacred citadel of Troy, and many were the men whose towns he saw and whose mind he learnt, yea, and many the woes he suffered in his heart…
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Five readings after the summer

Home , by Marilynne Robinson Virago Press, 2009, pp. 352 “Home. What kinder place on earth could there be, and why did it seem like to them all an exile?” So thought Glory Boughton, 38 year old school teacher, un-lucky in love, having returned to the old family homestead to care for her aging father.…
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5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

Reading a good book broadens the mind, makes us grow; it is like meeting a new travelling companion with whom to explore new lands. Discovering the joy of reading from an early age is extremely important, and the benefits, as many educators and psychologists can confirm, are many: from the enrichment of one’s vocabulary, to…
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