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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140265414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140265415
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John King is a teacher of Spanish at Eton College.

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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Husband on 4 Oct 2002
Format: Paperback
For an intermediate to advanced student I found these stories to be very entertaining and enjoyable. A pleasant break from the usual dull writing found in textbooks. The amount of new vocabulary was very high for me but being able to quickly look up the meaning on the opposite side of the page is such a joy. Yes, there are discrepencies in some of the translations, but I found that enriched my understanding by trying to decipher why a figurative rather than literal translation was used. Languages don't always have word for word translations. Understanding this is a part of the richness involved in learning about another culture along with the language.
The pace of working through the book was very slow but equally rewarding for the quality of the literature and the immersion in the language. Not a book for beginners, but intermediate on upwards should definitely consider this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diana Armstrong on 14 Aug 2010
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This book is great for anyone interested in improving their Spanish without feeling it's a chore. I really enjoyed the stories - written by well known authors including Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The parallel text format makes the stories easy to read, without having to look up difficult words in the dictionary. The notes at the back of the book explain some colloquial expressions which is great for anyone interested in the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Highly recommended.
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2002
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This is an interesting idea for adults with an intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language, who wish to improve vocabulary and work on grammatical structures. Although the stories themselves are not the most exciting ever, the text is clearly presented and can be easily cross-referenced, and as the stories are short, they are digestible. The book comes with a short but interesting introduction about the included Spanish authors and their work, and the purpose of the book. Also included is a notes section detailing finer grammar, history and vocabulary points. The downsides are that the book is over 200 pages long, and filled entirely with words. On a purely aesthetic level, this could be a little daunting. Also, there are one or two discrepancies in the translations. Otherwise the book is enjoyable, and a handy reference text. I have not seen any other fiction books like this, and so it is a good investment, best suited for over 16s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Morgan on 3 July 2012
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I found it easy to move from the Spanish to the English when stuck, but was tempted to do this a bit too much. If you want to read a complete book with help when stuck, it is good. However, sometimes it is good to read to get the gist and other times review to build vocabulary. I must admit, I found it easier to copy Spanish news articles from the websites of Spanish newspapers into Google translate and then print both copies. Google translate will not provide an excellent translation, but it generally helped me make sense of it all. Alternatively, I have a kindle (which I love!) and by purchasing a Spanish-English dictionary, I found I could read Spanish language books, as you only have to hover your cursor, for it to bring up a little dictionary extract. I found this a better alternative, as I only did it when I needed it and my eyes couldn't flow across the pages to cheat! I can see for others that this may break their flow of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S-T Ruggling on 10 Oct 2011
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Great product, helping me with my Spanish. As far as service goes, can't question a thing. Product arrived within 2 days and was exactly as described. Happy with my choice!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. B. E. Kelly on 16 Jan 2010
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I enjoyed this collection, which is especially helpful as an introduction to some of the 'big names' in modern Spanish American fiction (Fuentes, Allende, Marquez).
The endnotes are sparse but useful, while the introduction provides a helpful background or orientation to themes.
Very useful for intermediate to advanced students, and more interesting (to me, anyway) than 'issues' dominated textbooks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sofia on 14 Jun 2014
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I find the print too small for me to read, so cannot give a proper review. I wish all books would specify size of print.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Brendan on 2 Oct 2004
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It's difficult to find good Spanish authors suitable for beginners. The idea behind this book is good. Short stories with the Spanish text translated on the opposite page. This makes it easy to progress through the story without losing too much momentum. The translations are quite good.
I found the stories a bit boring. It appears that in an effort to find reputable authors of good literature, the editors sacrificed more potentially interesting stories with actual events. The stories are often long-winded and slow with no great drama. They didn't maintain my interest beyond an exercise in grammar and vocabulary building. But if stories about Literary Tea Parties and a woman's indifference to other people get you hooked then this is for you. Personally I prefer stories where things actually happen.
2.5 stars, so I'll have to round it up to 3 for roundness sake.
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