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

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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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  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,132,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I bought this book for a course on sex and sexuality in literature. As a classic book and opera, I was expecting this book to be extremely boring and drawn out. But that's simply not the case. The passion each character felt as they waited for the other not only brought the book to life for me, it also gave me profound respect for the opera (not a a fan of musicals by any right...that's right, an opera IS a musical in my head) and the arts. It has become a staple for romance in my mind.
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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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