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Product Details

  • Series: New Penguin Parallel Texts
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 0140265406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140265408
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English, Italian (translation)
Original Language: Italian

About the Author

Nick Roberts has been teaching Italian at Eton College, England, since 1990.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By libellus on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've just finished my third course in Italian. I had bought this one last summer to help me review my Italian, after a semester of down-time. It was hard, so I put it back on my shelf. Now I'm all refreshed and I still cannot read a good portion of many of the stories.

I would not recommend to anyone except advanced Italian readers or readers who can understand a lot of Italian because they speak a similar language.

The parallel text is ok, but some of the translations aren't quite right (translating it as future tense when it's passato prossimo, etc.) It lost a star for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By propertius on December 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I feel most buyers of this book will do so with their primary reason to be to improve their Italian reading comprehension. As such, caveat emptor, this is not a book for beginners or early intermediate students. Let us say that it a book for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of dialects, slang, and regional influences.

It is also a marvelous cross section of twentieth century Italian short stories, and as such, you may not appreciate all the stories, but certainly you will find some that are captivating and endearing.

However if you purchase this book purely to read a collection of Italian short stories in English, you will find it a handsome addition as a primer for those with little or no former familiarity with modern Italian literature. It will not disappoint you.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By It's me on November 29, 2010
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I would never recommend this book to anyone who has below an upper-intermediate level of italian. Sure the stories are short (anywhere between 5-15 pages give or take) and each page comes with a mirror translation in English and this is convenient- however as these stories are not translated litterally word for word you will still have to use your dictionary all the time unless you already have a good grasp of the language.- That is if your goal in getting this book is to improve your italian vocabulary. The main complaint I have with this book is that the stories are sooo boring. One story goes on for 10 pages about a group of middle-aged women who stare at a toad by the pool. Another story is about two men in a nazi concentration camp, but there's nothing told about the camp really- the entire story is one man telling another about legends of Lilith (a biblical character)... I had trouble getting through these stories in ENGLISH because they were so boring my mind kept drifting. When I would switch to the Italian it would take so long mostly because I had to force myself through these boring stories. I always read non-fiction in my spare-time so I'm definitely not the type to need explosians or car chases- to the contrary; but I do need more excitement than staring at a toad and complaining about not looking 20 anymore. Maybe there are some interesting stories here- but after reading three of them I gave the book away. In order to learn more italian I need material that I can at least stay awake with.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Fornillo on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a beginner learning Italian, I found this book to be a good tool. The stories are varied and their length is good. Having the English translation nearby helps with the determination of unfamiliar verb forms.
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59 of 101 people found the following review helpful By WeMami on February 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was hoping for a quality of book that I can read and reread for practice for a long time. The paper was dry and dark, like a recycle quality. The print was light and small. It was not easy on the eyes.
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