008 Intimations, Part 4

“I thought if that knowledge became as widespread as could possibly be managed or imagined we might finally reach some kind of herd immunity. I don’t think that anymore” (83).

In a searing finale, Smith merges her thoughts on racism and the pandemic to provide her theory on what’s really plaguing America.  I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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007 Intimations, Part 3

“Thing is, we’re a community, and we got each other’s back. You’ll be there for me, and I’ll be there for you, and we’ll all be there for each other, the whole building. Nothing to be afraid of—we’ll get through this, all of us, together” (51).

As Smith prepares to leave New York to return to London, she offers some portraits of the people she’s gotten used to seeing in her community.  I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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006 Intimations, Part 2

“Watching this manic desire to make or grow or do ‘something,’ that now seems to be consuming everybody, I do feel comforted to discover I’m not the only person on this earth who has no idea what life is for, nor what is to be done with all this time aside from filling it” (28).

I think many of us can identify with Zadie Smith’s words regarding the sudden abundance of free time in our lives and the intense desire to find something productive to fill it.  I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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003 Exit West, Part 3

The calm before the storm “…is in reality the foundation of a human life, waiting there for us between the steps of our march to our mortality, when we are compelled to pause and not act but be” (138).

Not all is as Nadia and Saeed hoped it would be at the other end of the doors through which they have just passed. I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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002 Exit West, Part 2

“By making the promise he demanded she make she was in a sense killing him, but that is the way of things, for when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind” (98).

As Nadia and Saeed prepare to step through the mysterious door that leads to locations unknown, they think about the people who cannot follow. I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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001 Exit West, Part 1

“In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her. For many days.”

So begins Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, a story about the relationship between a man and a woman and what it means to leave one’s home in a time of war. I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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Introduction

This is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners. 

I’m Veronica, an English tutor, a passionate reader, and a lover of languages. I know that learning languages can be fun, but it can also be very difficult. Like many people, I started learning a foreign language in high school. I took years of Spanish classes, but I could understand and speak very little. It wasn’t until I decided to take charge of my own learning that I saw my skills drastically improve. 

One of the best things I did was teaching myself to read in Spanish.

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