dilluns, 10 d’octubre de 2016

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD


Based on an original new story by J.K. ROWLING
JOHN TIFFANY & JACK THORNE
A new play by JACK THORNE
 

BARTLEBY Y COMPAÑÍA

ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS

"Somos tímidos con las mujeres, Dios existe pero Cristo no tenía biblioteca, nunca llegamos a nada, pero al menos alguien inventó la dignidad."

diumenge, 28 d’agost de 2016

diumenge, 24 de juliol de 2016

Un film (300 metres)


Víctor Català

La situació era massa complicada perquè en Jepet pogués arriscar-se a formular opinió.”

OPEN AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Andre Agassi


"Image Is Everything"

THEODORE BOONE. THE SCANDAL

John Grisham


How can you compare a student with only one parent who lives in a tiny apartment with a student with two parents and grandparents and private tutors when necessary? How can you compare a student whose parents have college degrees? How can you compare a student whose father is in prison to a student whose father is a doctor? How can you compare a student who had nothing for breakfast with a student who ate too much for breakfast? How can you compare a student who started prechool as a three-year-old to a student who arrived here too late for kindergarten?”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J. K. Rowling


 “‘Avada Kedavra,’ Hermione whispered.”

dilluns, 9 de maig de 2016

Li deien pare

Carles Porta


"M'hauria agradat tenir una parella, fer una vida en comú. Miro pel·lícules... una serie que fan a la nit, Modern Family, i quan els veig a ells m'alegra perquè penso que és possible. És el que m'hauria agradat a mi."

diumenge, 14 de febrer de 2016

Mai no és tard

Miquel Pucurull

"Encara vaig més ràpid corrent que no pas caminant."


dijous, 7 de gener de 2016

La guerra civil contada a los jóvenes

Arturo Pérez-Reverte

"El poeta Federico García Lorca, conocido por sus simpatías izquierdistas, fue asesinado en Granada."

dilluns, 4 de gener de 2016

The day the crayons quit

By Drew Daywalt
Pictures by Oliver Jeffers

"white cat
in the snow
by
Duncan"

dimarts, 15 de desembre de 2015

Kassel no invita a la lógica

Enrique Vila-Matas

"A fin de cuentas, ¿quién no reparó  alguna vez en que los vigilantes de museo son las verdaderas obras de arte?"

dijous, 29 d’octubre de 2015

Rogue Lawyer

John Grisham


"There is an unwritten rule that the younger lawyers in town take these low-paying cases because (1) someone has to and (2) the older lawyers did so when they were younger."

dimarts, 6 d’octubre de 2015

where she went

Gayle Forman

"Then what the fuck are you doing here? What good are you then? Who are you to me? Without her, who are you? You're nothing! A nobody!"

diumenge, 30 d’agost de 2015

Los cachorros

Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa m'agrada. Molt. Tant com Gonzalo Torrente Ballester i Rudyard Kipling. Faig una comparació extravagant: Quim Monzó és el Vargas Llosa català. I, per exemple, Los cachorros és la seva La magnitud de la tragèdia, o a l'inrevés. I a l'inrevés... Però la literatura de Vargas Llosa és més ambiciosa, i universal. A Monzó li falten novel·les. Els contes són contes.

"Eran hombres hechos y derechos ya y teníamos todos mujer, carro, hijos que estudiaban en el Champagnat, la Inmaculada o el Santa María, y se estaban construyendo una casita para el verano en Ancón, Santa Rosa o las playas del Sur, y comenzábamos a engordar y a tener canas, barriguitas, cuerpos blandos, a usar anteojos para leer, a sentir malestares después de comer y de beber y aparecían ya en sus pieles algunas pequitas, ciertas arruguitas.

diumenge, 23 d’agost de 2015

Looking for Alaska

John Green

"There's your labyrinth of suffering. We are all going. Find your way out of the maze."

dijous, 9 de juliol de 2015

LOST IN THE SUN

Lisa Graff




dissabte, 27 de juny de 2015

Theodore Boone. The Fugitive

John Grisham


Llegeixo en anglès, per aprendre’n. Com que no en sé gaire vaig començar amb Children Picture Book’s, vaig passar als Children’s Middle Grade Book’s i he continuat amb els Young Adult Book’s, segons la classificació del The New York Times, que informa periòdicament de les principals novetats, que AMAZON puntualment em porta a casa... Etc. Així, vaig arribar a John Grisham; concretament, a la sèria Theodore Boone (#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING). I em va agradar!, i m’ho vaig passar bé. Els pleits a la Animal Court són antològics! (“You want to do an autopsy on a goat?” Judge Yeck asked, his eyebrows arched as high as possible). O potser només és perquè enyoro exercir d’advocat... No, no us faci vergonya, llegiu Grisham!

"Seating was not regulated; you could sit anywhere you wanted. So, typically, the boys took one side of the room and the girls the other."


dijous, 21 de maig de 2015

50 històries de Terrassa. Fets, vivències i documents

Ismael Almazán i Fernández, Àngels Carles i Pomar, Pau Claramonte i Villanueva, Josep Lluís Lacueva i Moreno, Aram Magrins i Gol, Manel Márquez i Berrocal, Pol Meseguer i Bell, Òscar Monterde i Mateo, Josep Palau i Orta, Joan Pérez i Ventalyol, Lourdes Plans i Campderrós, Pere Puig i Ustrell, Antoni Roca i Garcia, Vicenç Ruiz i Gómez, Joan Soler i Jiménez, Àngels Ventayol i Bosch

"El nom de les coses

Potser caldrà revisar la manera en que denominem les nostres esglésies? Potser no cal. La denominació de les esglésies  de Sant Pere, Sant Miguel i Santa Maria es consolidà a partir del segle XII en què un monestir de canonges rufencs s'instal·là a redós de Santa Maria. El que és interessant mencionar en aquest punt és com l'estudi de la documentació original altmedieval conservada a l'Arxiu permet la detecció d'antigues realitats que el pas dels anys ha amagat definitivament. Dues constatacions per finalitzar: primera, a finals del segle XI ens podíem trobar  fins a sis esglésies i no pas tres com ara tenim, una mostra més de la grandesa del complex eclesiàstic en època pretèrita. Segona, la història de les esglésies de Sant Pau, Sant Vicenç, Santa Maria, Santa Eulàlia, Sant Sadurní i Sant Just i Sant Pastor encara pot aportar innovacions suggeridores. La investigació històrica als arxius no para de donar fruits." (Joan Soler i Jiménez, Les esglésies de Sant Pau i Sant Vicenç d'Ègara: denominacions perdudes de les antigues esglésies  de Sant Pere)

divendres, 17 d’abril de 2015

dissabte, 7 de març de 2015

Mentira y seducción. La trilogía fantástica de Torrente Ballester

Angel G. Loureiro

"Un narrador no cuenta gracias a su buena memoria sino por una facultad sobrehumana."

dijous, 12 de febrer de 2015

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Johan Green

"Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."

dijous, 29 de gener de 2015

The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams

"The present was somewhere he didn't want to be, and he couldn't see a future."


diumenge, 25 de gener de 2015

Gray Mountain

John Grisham

"I'm not in the real world?"

dilluns, 5 de gener de 2015

The Finest Story in the World

Rudyard Kipling

"Now I understood why the Lords of Life and Death shut the doors so carefully behind us. It is that we may not remember our first wooings. Were it not so, our wourld would be without inhabitants in a hundred years.”

dissabte, 27 de desembre de 2014

NITHAE HIJA DE LA MADRE TIERRA

Cristina García Ruiz

"Son gente mediocre hablando de dinero; Costureras, herreros, alguna que otra criada."

dimecres, 17 de desembre de 2014

The 10 Best Books of 2014

FICTION

1.      ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
By Anthony Doerr
Scribner, $27.
With brisk chapters and sumptuous language, Doerr’s second novel follows two characters whose paths will intersect in the waning days of World War II: an orphaned engineering prodigy recruited into the Nazi ranks, and a blind French girl who joins the Resistance. Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine’s locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling.

2.      DEPT. OF SPECULATION
By Jenny Offill
Alfred A. Knopf, $22.95.
Offill’s slender and cannily paced novel, her second, assembles fragments, observations, meditations and different points of view to chart the course of a troubled marriage. Wry and devastating in equal measure, the novel is a cracked mirror that throws light in every direction — on music and literature; science and philosophy; marriage and motherhood and infidelity; and especially love and the grueling rigors of domestic life. Part elegy and part primal scream, it’s a profound and unexpectedly buoyant performance.

3.      EUPHORIA
By Lily King
Atlantic Monthly Press, $25.
In 1933, the anthropologist Margaret Mead took a field trip to the Sepik River in New Guinea with her second husband; they met and collaborated with the man who would become her third. King has taken the known details of that actual event and created this exquisite novel, her fourth, about the rewards and disappointments of intellectual ambition and physical desire. The result is an intelligent, sensual tale told with a suitable mix of precision and heat.

4.      FAMILY LIFE
By Akhil Sharma
W. W. Norton & Company, $23.95.
Sharma’s austere but moving novel tells the semi-autobiographical story of a family that immigrates from India to Queens, and has just begun to build a new life when the elder son suffers severe brain damage in a swimming pool accident. Deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender, the book chronicles how grief renders the parents unable to cherish and raise their other son; love, it suggests, becomes warped and jagged and even seemingly vanishes in the midst of mourning.

5.      REDEPLOYMENT
By Phil Klay
The Penguin Press, $26.95.
In this brilliant debut story collection, Klay — a former Marine who served in Iraq — shows what happens when young, heavily armed Americans collide with a fractured and deeply foreign country few of them even remotely understand. Iraq comes across not merely as a theater of war but as a laboratory for the human condition in extremis. The collection is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad: the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls.

NONFICTION

6.      CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?
By Roz Chast
Bloomsbury, $28.
Cartoons, it turns out, are tailor-made for the absurdities of old age, illness and dementia. In Chast’s devastating and sublime graphic memoir, the odd dramas and repetitive minutiae find perfect expression in her signature antic drawings as she describes helping her parents navigate their final years — from packing up their cluttered Brooklyn apartment to getting a seat at the “right” table in the nursing home. No one has perfect parents, and no one can write a perfect book about them. But Chast has come close.

7.      ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation
By Eula Biss
Graywolf Press, $24.
In this spellbinding blend of memoir, science journalism and literary criticism, Biss unpacks what the fear of vaccines tells us about larger anxieties involving purity, contamination and interdependency. Deeply researched and anchored in Biss’s own experiences as a new mother, this ferociously intelligent book is itself an inoculation against bad science and superstition, and a reminder that we owe one another our lives.

8.      PENELOPE FITZGERALD: A Life
By Hermione Lee
Alfred A. Knopf, $35.
The life and times of that elusive, original miracle worker, the English novelist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald, have been brilliantly captured by Lee, previously the author of masterly portraits of Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton. Growing up steeped in literature but sidetracked by the vicissitudes of life, Fitzgerald published her first book at 58 and did not become famous until she was 80. But her fiction, when it finally emerged, had a tamped-down force and intense compression, as if the decades-long wait had worked its own clarifying, crystallizing magic.

9.      THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History
By Elizabeth Kolbert
Henry Holt & Company, $28.
Kolbert reports from the front lines of the violent collision between civilization and our planet’s ecosystem — from the Great Barrier Reef to her own backyard — in this, her third, book. Traveling to some of the world’s remotest corners, she examines how man-made climate change threatens to eliminate 20 to 50 percent of all living species on earth within this century. This is environmental writing at its most rigorous and richly detailed — and as riveting as any thriller.

10.   THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
By Lawrence Wright
Alfred A. Knopf, $27.95.

In 1978, over 13 days at Camp David, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter hammered out a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that remains the most profound diplomatic achievement to emerge from the Mideast conflict. In a fascinating account of the talks, Wright combines history, politics and, most of all, a gripping drama of three clashing personalities into a tale of constant plot twists and dark humor. He reminds us that Carter’s visionary idealism and doggedness represented an act of surpassing political courage.

dimecres, 10 de desembre de 2014

Un home que se'n va

Vicenç Villatoro

"Amb la memòria, com amb el sexe: de vegades fer és la manera de demanar que et facin."

dimarts, 18 de novembre de 2014

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014


  1. DRAW!, Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón. 31 pp. A Paula Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 9).
  2. SHACKLETON’S JOURNEY, Written and illustrated by William Grill. 80 pp. Flying Eye Books. $24.00. (Picture book; ages 7 to 11).
  3. HAITI, MY COUNTRY, Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren, lllustrated by Roge. 35 pp. Fifth House Publishers. $14.95. (Picture book; ages 4 to 12).
  4. HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, Written by J. Patrick Lewis. Illustrated by Gary Kelley. 32 pp. Creative Editions. $18.99. (Picture book; ages 9 and up).
  5. TIME FOR BED, FRED, Written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail. 26 pp. Walker Books/Bloomsbury. $14.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8).
  6. HERE IS THE BABY, Written by Polly Kanevsky. Illustrated by Taeeyun Yoo. 30 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 2 to 5).
  7. WHERE’S MOMMY?, Written by Beverly Donofrio. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. 30 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 7).
  8. THE PROMISE, Written by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Laura Carlin. 40 pp. Candlewick Press. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 6 to 9).
  9. THE BABY TREE, Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 40 pp. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 5 to 8).
  10. THE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE, The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Written and illustrated by Peter Sis.48 pp. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $18.99. (Picture book; ages 5 to 12).


dilluns, 13 d’octubre de 2014

If I stay

Gayle Forman


"Am I dead?"

dijous, 4 de setembre de 2014

The Litigators

John Grisham

"Lawyers making millions in fees."

dilluns, 9 de juny de 2014

Aquellos años del boom

Xavi Ayén

"El 12 de febrero de 1976, en un parque frente al Palacio de Bellas Artes de Ciudad de México, Elena Poniatowska corre azorada hacia una hamburguesería y pide un filete crudo. Gabriel García Márquez la espera atontado en un banco porque uno de sus mejores amigos lo acaba de noquear  en público. Hay nervios en la calle y en el interior del Palacio, donde van a proyectar Supervivientes de los Andes, una película de René Cardona en la que las víctimas de un accidente de avión acaban devorando la carne de sus amigos muertos.
Los nudillos de la mano derecha de Mario Vargas Llosa aún laten. Fue solo un golpe, pero bien medido. Los amigos de ambos se mueven entre agitados y compungidos. Nadie tiene tiempo de pensar. Hay un inquieto hormigueo humano, los comentarios brotan como espasmos y los rostros exhiben un catálogo de muecas. El mundo ha dado un giro. En ese justo momento acaba de romperse el boom."

dimecres, 28 de maig de 2014

Where the moon isn't

Nathan Filer

 

diumenge, 18 de maig de 2014

DOMINGO CATALÁN. De 0 a 100

Ignasi Gaya



"Un cop hem arribat a aquest punt, el nord-americà Bob Glover, un dels gurus del running als Estats Unitas, es pregunta: "Qui està tan boig fins al punt de voler córrer una marató? Al capdavall" ―recorda Glover― "l'entrenament exigeix molt temps i esforç. I el risc de patir lesions és elevat. A més, la mateixa cursa resulta penosa i impredictible, prou llarga per esgotar el cos, la ment i l'ànima.""



diumenge, 20 d’abril de 2014

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Katherine Applegate

"I've learned to understand human words over the years, but understanding human speech is not the same as understanding humans."

dilluns, 31 de març de 2014

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Linchtenheld

"Construction site, all tucked in tight, 
                             The day is done, turn off the light.

Great work today! Now...shh...goodnight. 

dijous, 27 de març de 2014

A Family of Readers

Roger Sutton & Martha V. Parravano 


"And poetry. Poetry! (Yes, thanks to a quirk in the Dewery decimal systems, poetry is classified as nonfiction in your local library).

dilluns, 24 de març de 2014

MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING

Viktor E. Frankl


"So, let us be alert―alert in a twofold sense:

Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. 

And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake."

dissabte, 15 de febrer de 2014

The book thief

Markus Zusak

"The day was gray, the color of Europe."

dimarts, 11 de febrer de 2014

PERSEPOLIS 2. THE STORY OF A RETURN

Marjane Satrapi

"AH, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IRANIAN TEA!
OH YES, ESPECIALLY WITH A CIGARETTE. DO YOU WANT ONE?
MOM!
WHAT? YOU KNOW THE PROVERBS: “PROSPERITY CONSISTS OF TWO THINGS: TEA AFTER A MEAL, AND A CIGARETTE AFTER TEA.”

dilluns, 16 de desembre de 2013

PERSEPOLIS. THE STORY OF A CHIDHOOD

Marjane Satrapi

"I REALIZED THEN THAT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING. I READ ALL THE BOOKS I COULD."

dilluns, 28 d’octubre de 2013

El héroe discreto

Mario Vargas Llosa

“«Cuando se es tan imbécil como este bípedo, ya se es inteligente», se le ocurrió a Rigoberto.”

Cançons d'amor i de pluja

Sergi Pàmies


“Tinc una teoria: si t’enamores sota la pluja, l’amor perdura més que no si fa bon temps.”

Cop de vent

Josep Carner

ESCENA II

FÈLIX és un advocat, una mica formalista, no gens entusiasmat amb la seva professió però que vers la fi de l’escena s’humanitzarà del tot.

The Racketeer

John Grisham

 "Change the eyes and you change everything."

Damned

Chuck Palahniuk


Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison. I’m just now
arrived here, in Hell, but it’s not my fault excepts for
maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana. Maybe
I’m in Hell because I’m fat―a Real Porker. If you can
go to Hell for having low self-esteem, that’s why I’m
here. I wish I could lie and tell you I’m bone-thin with
blond hair and big ta-tas. But, trust me, I’m fat for a
really good reason.
      To start with, please let me introduce myself.

Theodore Boone. The Activist

John Grisham

A lawyer is not supposed to judge his or her client. We are supposed to help them.”

Wonder

R.J. Palacios

"Welcome to my world."

dilluns, 17 de juny de 2013

Big Nate Flips Out

Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate anf friends

Lincoln Peirce

divendres, 3 de maig de 2013

Mòbil

Sergi Belbel

dissabte, 27 d’abril de 2013

Un quilo d'invisible

Joan Miquel Oliver. Il·lustrada per Roger Padilla

dilluns, 25 de març de 2013

I funny

James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

"If number two pencils are so popular, why are they still number two?"

dilluns, 25 de febrer de 2013

Orzowei

Alberto Manzi

"«Mohamed Isa, che questo è il tuo nome» disse, «il Consiglio ha deciso. Compirai la gran prova. Il vecchio Ring-kop che ti ha trovato nella foresta ha parlato in tuo favore. Partirai aquesta notte. E finché la tinta bianca che coprirà il tuo corpo non sarà scomparsa, il villaggio sarà per te tabú. I cacciatori ti inseguiranno, ti cacceranno. Non dovrai farti prendere. Se riuscirai, il tuo posto sarà tra i guerrieri. Allora avrai la tua zagaglia e il tuo tucul.»"

dimecres, 13 de febrer de 2013

Dins la seva memòria

Sergi Belbel

"Recrda't del passat dins la teva memòria."

Wonder Struck

Brian Selznick

He wished that he was with his mom in her library, where everything was safe and numbered and organized by the Dewey decimal system. Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you’d be able to find whatever you were looking for, like the meaning of your dad.”