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Spanish reading group announcement

Ed S.
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Boulder, CO
Post #: 9
Interested in reading and discussing books in Spanish to improve your Spanish?

There is a reading group, call it a “tertulia”, trying to form as part of the regular meetings of the “advanced group” of the Boulder Spanish Meetup that meets on Wednesdays, twice a month. The first book we’re intending to read and discuss is El cartero de Neruda by Antonio Scarmeta. The story is of a mailman who delivered daily mail to the reclusive Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, during the time Neruda lived on Isla Negra (Chile) in the years before Neruda received the Nobel Prize for Literature and became a member of the socialist government of Salvadore Allende. The story tells of how the semi-illiterate fisherman-turned-mailman learned to appreciate and write poetry (‘metafora”) from Neruda as a means of wooing the love of his life, a beautiful island girl named Beatrice, who works as a waitress in a local hostal. The book is approximately 140 pages, in Spanish of easy-to-moderate difficulty, as it contains some Chilean Spanish vocabulary not found in Spanish dictionaries targeted to speakers of Mexican Spanish. You may already be familiar with the story if you saw the 1994 Italian film Il Postino, winner of an Academy Award for original music. The book is available in Spanish from used for about $6.00 plus $3.00 shipping, or from Barnes & Noble. It is sometimes titled “Ardiente paciencia” in older versions. There is a “kindle” edition for $6.99 on Amazon.

The discussion of this book will happen on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. during the regular meetup of the advanced group at Rincon Del Sol.

Dennis Conner of the advanced group recently sent an email to everyone in BSM announcing two other books we’re reading later in the summer. You can contact either Dennis or me (Ed Sejud) by email through the BSM website for further information.
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