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Carmen and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – April 22, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0192837226 ISBN-10: 0192837222

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192837222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192837226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'there is no doubt that the French-born Merimee was one of the earlier masters of the short story' Cape Times

'A very good edition and a solid translation.' Dr Lance Butler, University of Stirling

About the Author

Prosper Merimee was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer.

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Carmen is top of the heap for its story of passion and ingenuity of development.
Hugh Stevenson
We can't help but to pity him and say "If only we could send you to a physcologist...." Don Jose and Carmen are crazy,insane,and immoral, much like people today.
ALEJANDRA
Finally,he thrust into her heart...She died for her freedom,and her freedom survived.
"qisi"

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Stewart on April 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
But rather a collection of some of Merimee's finest short stories.

They range from the tragio-comic (The Etruscan Vase) to pure horror (The Lokis). Others are just strange (Venus of Ille). Merimee's writing (or at least the translation) flows in a way that makes him easily accessible to the modern reader (like me).

This is the perfect book to put on your nightstand for a good evening read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Maynez on January 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Am I at the right site? I am looking for Merimée's story, not for Bizet's opera. Why is every review referring to a CD package, if I'm in the "books" store of Amazon? I don't know, but here's the review:
The narrator, a French archaeologist, is travelling through Andalucia, in Southern Spain, when he meets Jose Navarro, a famous bandit and smuggler. Two days later, he meets a beautiful gitana, named Carmen. In her house he finds Jose again. After that, he notices his watch has been stolen, but investigates nothing. Weeks later, he meets Jose again, just as he's about to be executed for his crimes. There, Jose tells the story of his love for Carmen, who happens to have stolen the watch, and how, for that love, he transformed from soldier to bandit. It is a story of Spanish passion, betrayal and lust, full of the romantic flavor of that corner of the world. Merimée is a good storyteller, and you can feel the heat and dust, the powerful sun burning the brains of these passionate people. No wonder it inspired one of the best operas of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Jones on October 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
First, this is a collection of Prosper Merimée's short stories and novellas, including "Carmen," which became the basis for the more famous Bizet opera. But this is NOT the opera or anything to do with the opera other than being the source material.

The novella "Carmen" holds up pretty well, though it's worth noting that Bizet only used a portion of the tale for his opera. Personally, my favorite story in the collection is "Colomba," in which a French soldier, returning to his Coriscan homeland, finds himself entangled in a tragic family feud, spurred on by his scheming sister--it's a riveting tale, very suspenseful and filled with rich Corsican detail.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "qisi" on May 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bizet's CARMEN OVERTURE is well known and frequently used in the occasion that a champion comes out.In my opinion,Carmen is a champion,a champion of love,a champion of freedom.Mérimée,the author of CARMEM,describes Carmen as a sparkish and abandoned woman,searching for true love and sticking to freedom.In this book, Mérimée narrates how he ran across Don Jose' and the whole story between Don Jose' and Carmen.Don Jose',a soldier,falls in love with Carmen,a prisoner who kills a woman worker,when he is on his way to send her to prison.He gives her reins in spite of being punished.He becomes a bandit and killer so as to stay with her and please her.He kills her eventually for preventing her from loving someone else.It is a tragic ending.And I am deeply shocked.But if not for the death of Carmen,her spirit of chasing freedom can't be that striking.
There are two plots that make me consider a lot:
1.FOR OBTAINING CARMEN,DON JOSE' KILLS A SUBALTERN.
<I ran away,all-out in the street,but not knowing where to go.I felt someone after me.When I came to,it turned out to be Carmen.she never left me alone.>He was injured,and Carmen took good care of him until he recovered.I am moved for it.Someone may say Carmen has many lovers,and her love to Don Jose' is not true love.But I can't agree with it.From this part,we can see clearly that her love is of ligeance.Why she risked her life to save Don Jose',just for exploiting him sometime?Absolutely not.Don't forget Carmen can let any man do anything.Don Jose' is puny,but her love is significant.It can be confirmed in the latter part.When they were attacked by the army,Don Jose' was unfortunately shot,and Carmen looked after him patiently and attentively,without sleeping.
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