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The Ten Best Novels Ever: Discussion with Ellen Thomassen - Jun 17th

The Ten Best Novels Ever: Discussion with Ellen Thomassen - Jun 17thAccording to the Encyclopaedia Britannica a novel is “an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events.” When and where was the first novel written? Which influences contributed to its origin? What genres can be distinguished? Do different nationalities admire and enjoy distinctive forms of writing or can a universal preference for certain novels be found?  After an introduction to the history of the novel by Ellen,. let us discuss these factors and try to come up with definitions and answers.  We may even make a list of the ten best novels ever!

Ellen Thomassen was born in The Netherlands and studied English Language and Literature at the universities of Leiden and Sheffield. She won a Fulbright Grant for the USA (Minneapolis) and did a general course in Toronto. The first ten years of her career were spent teaching English – from zero level to proficiency - at a grammar school (both teenagers and mature students), after which she moved on to the Fontys University for Professional Studies (formerly Eindhoven Polytechnic) where she developed and taught courses to students of Electrical Engineering and worked as a tutor, mentor, counsellor, quality manager and coordinator. After retiring and emigrating to Portugal she is now an enthusiastic member of Tavira book club.

This discussion tales place on Monday 17 June at 18h00 in Tavira Library. Please bring your ideas of which novel might merit the accolade of Best Novel Ever.

Peter Booker´s choice is Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers.  My choise is Foucault´s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. 

This event is organised by the Algarve History Association.   We make no charge for our conferences.  We welcome voluntary monetary contributions to help us run our Association and to sponsor various local charities and  the Regional Conservatório in Faro where we provide support for young musicians who need financial support for their studies. 

For more information contact:  lynne.algarvehistory@gmail.com