- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Natl Textbook Co (June 1963)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0844210994
- ISBN-13: 978-0844210995
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,100,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A few years later, as I was planning a trip to Europe, I decided to polish up my French by doing a little reading. I bought a couple of books of Merimee's stories, including the short novel Colomba. Though I've only read it in French (the poetic phrases doubtlessly lose something in translation), I can say that it is exciting and inspired me to visit Corsica.
The tale is relatively simple yet adventurous. Corsica, a French possession which was formerly Italian, is home to a male-dominated society in which Mafia-style vendettas are the rule amongst the various "families". Colomba herself is the very strong-willed sister of Orso, the new head of his clan. Of course there are the love-story elements, but mainly it's an exciting and very descriptive adventure story.
Give it a try! It's not long... if you are unsure, read Merimee's short story Mateo Falcone first.... possibly the best French shory story ever, and definitely one of the better ones from any country.