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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Bilingual edition (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 0486461785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486461786
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.1 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

A former editor-in-chief at Dover Publications, Stanley Appelbaum remains active in retirement and continues to produce his original translations of French, German, Italian, and Spanish literature.


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Having been reasonably proficient in French many years ago I had a need to re-visit the language and I found this book very helpful in reminding me of many of the words, colloquial expressiona and grammar that I had mostly forgotten but lurked in some distant part of my memory, without being as dry and repetitive as conventional books. Learning the words and grammar through the stories put them into context and because they related to actual everyday situations I found them more easy to remember than by the more traditional methods. It also covered a bit of French culture and history which was interesting. If like me you need to "relearn" French or you have learnt basic French and want to progress, this book is great. If you are a complete beginner you would struggle. It's best for practising and progressing a little beyond what you know already.
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I bought this since I wanted a book to accompany my French study. It's a good prize, interesting texts but...the French there is definitely not simple. And all the texts are quite complicated even in English. A good book, reasonable price but I'd say it's for at least intermediate learners and above :)
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I agree with a previous reviewer, it is in no way for beginners. It is the kind of texts I was reading for A level and university. I have no idea why the word beginner has been used. Completely misleading.
However, the texts chosen are literary and classical, useful for fluent and competent French speakers who wish to read some 17th to early 20th century French prose with the comfort of an English translation on hand for just in case.
If you really want a beginners reading book, I recommend Easy French Reader by R. de Roussy de Sales and/or Beginner's French Reader by Anne Topping. Both of these are very dated but they are the best I can find for beginners.
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I am a complete beginner in French and I disagree with the reviews which say it's not suitable as a beginners text. It builds up vocabulary in a logical and gradual way. The way I use it is to work out the text first using the glossary, and then listen to the audio multiple times until the vocab and the pronunciation sunk in. The only reason I give four stars is that I wish that the glossary included conjugation of the verbs used. Aside from that- I'm very happy with my purchase!
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