Something wonderful is happening with regards to Literature.

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Something wonderful is happening with regards to Literature.

Postby MollyCoddle » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:23 am

More and more students are doing Literature and more and more are resorting to doing it on their own as a an additional subject, i.e. they are choosing to sit for it privately as for some reasons they are not taking it in school. I am just happy to learn that in the last two weeks or so, no less than 5 Lit students have approached me for help to prepare them for the "O" level Lit paper on a private basis. I am just very inspired by their interest in Literature.

As a tutor in English and Literature among other Humanities, this is a wonderful development. I am also pleased to say that a friend of mine who has not read a single novel since she left school twenty years ago, recently asked me to recommend some interesting titles. I told her to read "No Pain Like This Body" and "The Book of Salt" The first is extremely sad and the second is sad but sensuous given its constant allusions to food - preparation, cooking and eating. Read both, I think they will make you cry.

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Re: Something wonderful is happening with regards to Literat

Postby MollyCoddle » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:28 am

For those who complain that our children do not read, maybe we could start reading around the house to show them we love reading despite our busy schedules and age. Children tend to pick up after their parents. You could even share with them the characters in the book and tell them where appropriate what is so special about the book you have just finished reading.

The "Book of Salt" is not meant for children but adults would enjoy the language and the storyline. The narrative is set in Vietnam and France - an amazing book written by a Vietnamese. For those adults who want to kick-start their reading again, try books by Asian and African authors. See things from a non-Western perspective. It will be a refreshing change.

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Re: Something wonderful is happening with regards to Literat

Postby MollyCoddle » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:48 pm

"Though I feel you read too much into the "recommend me a book" episode involving your long time friend".


Could you care to elaborate? I was just merely sharing my own perceptions. What do you think I was reading into that episode? Maybe you could enlighten me. :-)

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