Autore: Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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    • Francis Scott Fitzgerald   

      The Great Gatsby

      Level C1

      The Great Gatsby, written by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in 1922, is about the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby knew Daisy from a romantic encounter in 1917 when he was not yet wealthy, and he is still deeply in love with her. When they meet again he is rich and impresses her with his extravagant lifestyle and wild parties. They begin an affair and, after a short time, Daisy’s husband, even though he is himself involved in an extramarital affair, becomes outraged by his wife’s infidelity. He confronts Gatsby and announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol. This will lead to a tragic conclusion. The story explores themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval, and excess, and creates a portrait of the Roaring Twenties. The volume includes a full biographical introduction about Fitzgerald, accurate footnotes; nine sections with comprehension, vocabulary and grammar activities; CAE-style tests for C1 level; some selectedhapters included in the audio; a final section of drama activities.

    • Francis Scott Fitzgerald   

      The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

      Level B2/C1

      This fantasy narrative takes the young protagonist, John T. Unger, on a metaphorical and literal journey from a small town called Hades to a world of fabulous riches and lavish luxury which appears to be a paradise. For the first time, he falls in love and spends one summer in a dream-like state, enchanted by the wealth and beauty around him. When he finally confronts the dark reality behind the relentless pursuit of material possessions he is left with disenchanted thoughts.This well-known satirical novella is just as relevant today as it was when it was written. The 21st Century’s global consumerist culture, epitomised by the greed and the sense of entitlement which pervades our society, means that the author’s biting criticism, written in evocative and carefully constructed prose, can immediately resonate with modern readers. As a result, this significant American writer, once dismissed as a man focusing only the essence of his own time, is now seen as a one of the great American writers, who captured both the past as well as the present with extraordinary dexterity and insight. This volume is accompanied by notes and a wide range of learning activities to enable readers to enrich their vocabulary and practise language structures.

    • Francis Scott Fitzgerald   

      The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

      Level B1/B2

      L’irresistibile racconto The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, da cui è stato tratto l’omonimo film del 2008, risulta ancora oggi attuale e ricco di spunti di riflessione.

      Anticipando il genere Fantasy, l’autore trascina il lettore nelle incredibili vicende di un uomo che nasce settuagenario e va ringiovanendo fino a raggiungere lo stadio dei primi giorni di vita. Le fasi vissute dal protagonista sono un alternarsi di momenti umoristici e amari, ma anche dolci e poetici. Il protagonista, nonostante l’assurdità del suo percorso di vita a ritroso, affronta tutte le esperienze proprie di un uomo: la scuola, l’università, l’amore, il matrimonio, la paternità, la guerra, gli affari.

      La narrazione risulta dinamica e densa di avvenimenti. Il lettore è catturato dall’avvicendarsi degli eventi, dall’inizio alla fine della storia, grazie anche a uno stile evocativo e ricco di dettagli.

      Il racconto è accompagnato da attività didattiche di vario tipo finalizzate alla comprensione, alla rielaborazione dei contenuti e all’acquisizione della lingua e del lessico utile alla produzione scritta e orale.

      In allegato il CD-Audio.