On Thursday 4th March, 2010, World Book Day, we asked teachers to talk to their classes about their favourite books or books they are currently enjoying.
Mr Cale introduced Primo Levi’s ‘If This Is A Man’ to his classes on Thursday and he says: “… not everyone’s cup of tea I understand, but some very powerful words nonetheless.”
This book is Levi’s autobiography and tells of the horrors, both sights and sounds, and experiences that he endured during World War II. As Philip Roth describes it:
“‘With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, dutiful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contemptible. What has survived in Levi’s writing isn’t just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I’ve ever known.”
Is an interesting pattern developing here? It’s fascinating that people are reading various texts by different authors around a similar subject. Join the discussion!