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Otto giorni con Montalbano [Italian] [Paperback]

Andrea Camilleri
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Klett Ernst /Schulbuch (31 Jan 2002)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 3125658608
  • ISBN-13: 978-3125658608
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 11.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salve, Salvo 7 Feb 2009
By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE
Yes, this book is in simplified Italian. Anyone wanting an English version must look elsewhere (but will probably be disappointed - Picador haven't got round to publishing it yet).

'Otto giorni' is for those looking for something engaging, contemporary and not impossibly difficult to hone their Italian skills on. It is a 'Band C' easy-reader (ie with a vocabulary base of 1800 words). It does use words outside this range and glosses meanings (in Italian) at the foot of the page. Illustrations also assist. They aim to expand vocabulary, labelling, for example, gun parts, and generally help avoid misunderstanding, by making sure you've grasped the fact that a hob-nailed boot has nails in the sole, for instance.

If, like me, you are a student with some Italian, reasonable motivation and a good dictionary, this book will give you the sense of having understood the gist of each story (and there are eight of them, all told). The tricky bit is, of course, the grammar - for which a coursebook, or a course, is indispensable. Italian has the frustrating habit of allowing you to translate each word, but often leaving you short of a satisfactory understanding of the whole (unless, of course, you're beyond Band C). Anyway, here's the very first paragraph - actually one of the more challenging - to give an idea of the level of difficulty: 'Da sempre a Vigàta la festa di Cannalivari non ha mai avuto senso. Per i grandi, naturalmente, che non fanno cene speciali. Per i bambini, invece, è tutt'altra musica, se ne vanno in su e in giù per il corso a farsi vedere nei loro costumi.' I, for one, wouldn't have minded had the last sentence been simplified a little more! After a few runs, however, I think I've finally got it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! 10 Aug 2006
Please note that this book in in SIMPLIFIED ITALIAN. It is one of the short stories from the book "Un Mese con Montalbano", adapted and abridged to help students who are learning Italian. However, this is not indicated anywhere in the product description. This is very poor marketing and left me very disappointed. I assumed it was an original "additional" book by Camilleri.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Otto Giorni con Montalbano: 27 Jan 2009
By Carla - Published on Amazon.com
The book is o.k., but Amazon failed to advertize it properly. It is an "easy reader", and I was looking for a regular Italian novel. It also took two months to arrive, and more than a month after it was shipped. Not worth it for an easy reader, unless you are a beginning student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Otto giorni con Montalbano 8 July 2011
By Piacere - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who wants to improve their reading skills, and enjoy it, has to try the Montalbano series. Andrea Camilleri make me laugh out loud. The Easy Readers series at C level is just challenging enough without taking away the entertainment factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great practice for intermediate level 11 Jan 2011
By Nick D - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of verb conjugation forms in this one. A good reader for intermeddiate level. Nice little stories, but not the level of sophistication of the novels which is what I expected. I am pleased with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reader, but not exciting 19 Dec 2009
By Patsy - Published on Amazon.com
The short stories are an easy read, but it really is a book to practice your Italian, not something you pick up because you can't wait to find out how it ends...
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