Category Archives: Literature Circles aka #litcircles

PBL Podcast *The Fortune Men Edition* (Feat. Caroline, Chris, Fiona, & Henry)

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed is set in Cardiff, Wales during the 1950s. Mohamed waited for this book to be her third novel for it to be the best quality possible. Nadifa has done justice to the protagonist Mahmood’s … Continue reading

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Broken Promises, Even After Death

In our English IV Honors class, we have chosen Damon Galgut’s The Promise, and have been engaging in literature circles. We discuss the novel, help each other understand confusing parts, complete projects, and enjoy reading literature. Themes of death, family … Continue reading

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How Alienation Leads to Broken Promises – A Podcast on The Promise

Listen to Karrah and Manoush’s new podcast on the 2021 Booker Prize-winning novel The Promise by Damon Galgut. The two take a deep dive into the novel’s themes of separation and alienation, focusing on how it directly leads to breaking … Continue reading

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Circle Up!

Check out Izzy & Tessa’s new podcast on Maggie Shipstead’s novel, Great Circle. With an emphasis on style and pattern, they investigate the unique structure and themes of the novel, from femininity to family. Join them to listen to their … Continue reading

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Feminism in Great Circle

Our #LitCircle recently started reading Maggie Shipstead’s 2021 novel GreatCircle, which was nominated for the Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of Marian Graves, a fictional female pilot, who attempts to fly around the world. At the same time, … Continue reading

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An Unorthodox & Emotional Start

The passionate, non-traditional opening of Anuk Arudpragasam’s A Passage North can be characterized by the lack of rising action, as readers are thrown directly into Krishan’s emotional adventure. The opening pages also introduce the theme of loss. Anuk Arudpragasam immediately transports … Continue reading

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Damon Galgut’s, The Promise

After a seven year hiatus, previously nominated writer, Damon Galgut, delivers an emotional and introspective look into family dynamics and the manifestations of grief. Through the lives of three south African children, Astid, Anton and Amor, Galgut mirrors the turmoil … Continue reading

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The Silence of it All

Anuk Arudpragasm did an excellent job at gripping his readers into his newest novel A Passage North. Anuk is able to create an emotional connection between the reader and the characters. Krishan journeys through Sri Lanka for his grandmother’s caretaker’s … Continue reading

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Robin and Theo vs. The World

Powers’ Bewilderment is a story about a bright, special needs boy, Robin, who is engaged with the natural world, and his father, Theo, who is struggling to overcome the grief of the only loving woman in both of their lives—Aly. … Continue reading

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Into The Portal

In this podcast, we hear excerpts from No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, which consists of excerpts and connections to social media and current events.

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