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Online Plaza Familia Book Club | September {week 4}

Girl reading a book
Written by Jesse

Welcome to the last week of the Book Club for September, where the adults and the kids both enjoyed a literary work that is worth reading. “The Truce” by Mario Benedetti entertained the adults, while the children’s book “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain kept the little ones busy.

“The Truce” is fairly short, but full of emotions and reflections. It is the story of a man who despite his hastily approaching retirement, is still in search of its own identity by finding true love. Interestingly, the protagonist is not allowed to do it himself, as he feels that his age and physical appearance define him as a person.

I read “The Truce” in a few minutes. It was easy to read and thoroughly enjoyed, although at first I felt some boredom as I began to read. I must say I liked the taste and respect with which the author described romantic relationships within the book, especially with Avellaneda, the girl who showed him what true love was.

I think Benedetti did a great job telling the story, because he manages to take the reader through a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. He did not overwhelm me with details, only necessary elements needed for us to follow the story.

The end of the story is totally unexpected, at least for me it was, and it provided a powerful yet tragic finish.

Turning to the children’s book, we find Janan Cain, an illustrator who is a mother with a desire to teach children in a visual way the concept of feelings, emotions and moods. “The Way I Feel” is a book that does this effectively.

It was easy to find, but I consider it a little-known, wonderful book that everyone should have at home.

September is coming to an end and next week we’ll meet again here in the Online Plaza Familia Book Club to discuss “The Feast of the Goat” by Mario Vargas Llosa, while kids can enjoy the story of “The Ugly Duckling “.




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Jesse has taught in various elementary and high school settings. He writes for Plaza Famila and also designs educational online resources. Jesse is a musician and is passionate about providing instruction in a way that sparks student interest.