Alfacinha Reads #2 – Le Livre des Baltimore, Joel Dicker

Le Livre des Baltimore is the latest book by Joël Dicker, who has officially become my current favourite author – this is the third of his books that I’ve read and absolutely loved. In this novel we meet up with Marcus Goldman, the narrator and author of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, who takes us through the story of his family with all the usual ups and downs families go through, while always alluding to a mysterious (and tragic) event which deeply marked his life/their lives. Marcus tells us of his feelings towards the more successful, seemingly luckier side…

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Alfacinha Reads #1 – Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères, Joël Dicker

‘Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères’ by Joël Dicker is the most recent book I have finished reading, and the second in a row by the same author (the first was ‘La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert’, in English ‘The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair’). The story of the book revolves around World War II, but while it tells us the story of the Resistance in France, and the part played by the British in it, it also takes us through the emotional journey of those who had an active role in the war. ‘Les Derniers Jours de Nos…

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Learning new languages // Aprender novas línguas

I’ve often been asked by my friends how it is I speak or at least understand a fair few foreign languages. So I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience in learning and practicing foreign languages with you! Os meus amigos já me perguntaram algumas vezes como é que eu falo ou pelo menos percebo algumas línguas estrangeiras. Então pensei partilhar aqui a minha experiência de aprender e praticar novos idiomas. Having been born in Portugal, my mother tongue is Portuguese, which is a language that derives from latin and as such as many similarities to…

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