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4.0 out of 5 stars First class selection, 15 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students (NTC's Spanish Readers) (Paperback)
The selection is probably the most interesting I have encountered in parallel texts and readers and provides a reasonable challenge for someone like myself with only middling reading ability who wishes to improve their reading skills. I would have found the book more useful if it had included more of the vocabulary that I wasn't familiar with- having read Marquez and Llosa in the original Spanish with the help of English translations I found that I already knew half or more of the words in the footer vocabulary lists (making them as much a distraction as an aid) whereas I had not met a similar number of other words, some not in the larger Collins Spanish dictionary. A glossary at the end, or an attempt to standardise vocabulary against words that appear in common Spanish - English or Spanish dictionaries would have increased the value of the book both for reading enjoyment and as a learning tool.

Apart from this concern the compilation is a good single volume introduction to some very fine authors, for example Aguedas, Poniatowska, who are not readily available or expensive in single editions and translations.
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