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Learn Spanish with Stories (B2): Una chica triste - Spanish Intermediate / Upper Intermediate (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – March 30, 2017
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- Publisher : Independently published (March 30, 2017)
- Language : Spanish
- Paperback : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1520872690
- ISBN-13 : 978-1520872698
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #586,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I will read the book a second time with speed and progress at record time within my level. I am out of words to praise Juan for what I have to become (hacerse hispano hablante) within a year or so. Thanks Juan for that possibility.
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What follows is both surprising and disturbing and this is the best story by Juan Fernandez that I have read so far. There is a lot of complexity in terms of colloquialisms and extensive use of the conditional and subjunctive, but as usual the author gives a helpful glossary at the end of each chapter. The chapters are also arranged to facilitate bit-sized reading, with some chapters only two pages long and others four or five pages. Whereas the author was the central character-narrator in Fantasmas del Pasado, in this story he makes a cameo appearance as a university professor who grew up near the village where the old photograph was taken. Loli also meets a young Spanish woman in a bookshop who helps her to learn the language and to solve the mystery of the photograph.
I would recommend this book to anyone who can read Spanish at an intermediate level and believes they are getting close to being able to read some “real” Spanish literature. It was a challenge for me, but ultimately more than worth the effort.
As a story I wish it had got moving slightly faster. At first I started to feel awfully depressed with Loli's life of beaten-down self-loathing and thought it took maybe 15% of the book too long before she started to really change something. After that, though, it was a pleasure to read as the story developed. Passed the "stay up too late reading" test, and also the "root for main character" test. And the evocations of Loli's brother's gross belching made me laugh, while at the same time I was still hoping we'd get words like "your mess, your problem" or maybe "rat poison".
One niggle which might be a software problem (Kindle edition) is that throughout the book, apostrophes in anything written in English are almost all wrong. They are either missing, or have been replaced by accented s or t characters. This is irritating and slightly reduced my faith that the Spanish was accurate. Oh, and also a note about English cursing - the format is different from Spanish! It's "puta camisa" in Spanish, but it's f***_ing_ shirt in English. Again, just a little niggle; and thank you for some vocabulary that I don't think Duolingo teaches.
Overall I enjoyed this a lot, and if you write more B2 books I'll probably read them. Thank you.
This story is easy to read, a bit sad especially towards the end but has some lighthearted moments and I smiled when the author introduced a character based on himself and advertised his other books, very clever Juan ;-)
I would also add that, as a teacher of languages myself, I would be pleasantly surprised by a girl like Loli using a dictionary rather than ‘google translate’ to translate her grandad’s letters! It is optimistic and I hope it inspires people to keep up their languages!
At the end of the book I also learned about Serrat and his famous song Penelope, that was interesting how it fitted with part of the story ! Clever and witty!
Finalmente, por favor, ¡sigue escribiendo historias en español Juan!