As it was St Patrick’s Day this week I thought our Book review should be one written by an Irish author. I have selected Maeve Binchy. Unfortunately, she passed away recently however her books are still very popular.
To me, Maeve’s books are like a big eiderdown that I can wrap around me when I’m not feeling so good. If I’m feeling down or at a loose end I pick up one of her books and immediately become immersed in the lives of the characters. Her books are so easy to read and perfect for when you just want to relax with a cuppa and not have to think too hard. I have read her books so many times, I feel like I know all of the characters.
My favourite (although it is so difficult to choose) is ” Evening Class”. It is about a woman who returns to Ireland after living in Italy for many years and starts a community night class teaching Italian. The attendees are from different backgrounds and are all coming to terms with difficulties in their lives.
The class brings them together and unlikely friendships are formed. The culmination of the classes is a trip to Rome.
Every time I read “Evening Class” I restart my Italian language lessons. Unfortunately, they don’t always continue which isn’t good as I my husband was born in Italy and we regularly visit his cousins who still live there (that is another blog in itself!).
After writing this article, I’ve recommenced my Italian lessons online. I actually came across a 31 Day Learn Italian Challenge which prompted me to get going again. The challenge suggested using Duolingo (which I have used before) and Memrise which I am now using. It is online, a bit of fun and convenient if you can’t get to classes. Both of these websites offer lessons in many languages so it’s your choice or you can attend more formal community classes for a more social learning environment.
Reading The Evening Class by Maeve Binchy, might even inspire you to learn a new language. Why not get a group of friends and start learning a language together? You could then plan a trip to that country to practice or have dinner parties cooking the food of that culture.
Instead of a book club you could start a language club! Perhaps I’ll start a language club myself.
If you were to learn a language what would be your choice?