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Italian Stories: A Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Italian) by [Hall, Robert A.]
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Designed for the language student as well as the lover of fine literature, this convenient dual-language book features eleven great short stories--each one appearing in the original Italian, with vivid and accurate English translations on facing pages.|Designed for the language student as well as the lover of fine literature, this convenient dual-language book features eleven great short stories each one appearing in the original Italian, with vivid and accurate English translations on facing pages.
Robert A. Hall, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Italian, Cornell University, has compileda stimulating and representative collection ranging from a 14th-century selection from Boccaccio's "The Decameron "to Alberto Moravia's "Competition," a 20th-century view of lower-and middle-class Italian life. Among the other works are Machiavelli's "Belfagor; Story of the Devil Who Took a Wife," Matteo Bandello's reflections of 16th-century morals in "Madonna Zilia," Giovanni Verga's objective portrayal of lower-class Sicilian life in "Rosso Malpelo," Gabriele d'Annunzio's revelations of a depraved peasantry in "The Idolaters," Luigi Pirandello's fascinating study of hypocritical social attitudes in "The Tight Frock Coat," as well as equally significant works by Antonio Fogazzaro, Renato Fucini, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Corrado Alvaro.
Arranged chronologically so that the growth of the literary art may be followed, as well as enjoyed, each story is prefaced by a concise biographical/critical introduction. Also included are linguistic and cultural notes, a valuable Italian-English vocabulary, study questions on each story, and an informative essay on Italian fiction.Students of the Italian language will find the dual-language format timesaving and extremely helpful; readers of Italian literature will want to add this treasury of small masterworks to their personal libraries.
Unabridged, slightly corrected Dover (1989) edition of the work published by Bantam Books, Inc., 1961."

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  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (20 Sept. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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The short stories are entertaining, and they cover Italian writers from Machiavelli to Pirandello.

But the reason I bought this book is to study Italian. With Italian on the left and English on the right, this collection presents students with an easy way to build vocabulary and sample "literary" writing not found in regular textbooks.

Students should have at least an intermediary knowledge of Italian, in order to at least recognize the various past tenses employed.
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I would have given this book 5 stars but decided not to for one reason. What is great about this book is that you have both Italian and English translations which is great for learners of both languages. BUT - the stories are quite a challenging read. Most of the stories are written in antiquated Italian which may not be suitable for beginners. Even the more modern stories from the last century are written by Italian scholars - and that was also a difficult read, not to mention hard to get in to.
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A really useful little book that I take everywhere and read when ever I have a spare moment. The stories are perfect for both concentrated reading and reading on the go.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dc70ea0) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
107 of 107 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91eeb354) out of 5 stars Invaluable to the Serious Student of Italian 27 May 2001
By Robin Sentell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book many years ago. The stories are short, between 5-20 pages each. They span many periods of history and is a great introduction to some of the great Italian writers.
Most of all, it really helps the Italian student bridge the gap between "classes" and "real Italian."
Although my speaking abilities were limited to an Intermediate Level, my classmates in a recent course I took thought that my vocabulary was tremendously large in comparison to their own.
I hold this book and another book by Penguin to be responsible. After reading these stories, I can read most anything in print and get the "gist" of what is being said.
90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91eeb3cc) out of 5 stars Great source for studying Italian at intermediate level. 9 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The short stories are entertaining, and they cover Italian writers from Machiavelli to Pirandello.

But the reason I bought this book is to study Italian. With Italian on the left and English on the right, this collection presents students with an easy way to build vocabulary and sample "literary" writing not found in regular textbooks.

Students should have at least an intermediary knowledge of Italian, in order to at least recognize the various past tenses employed.
59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6813f0) out of 5 stars Good for learning Italian 29 July 2004
By Atreyu1982 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
OK I haven't read much italian literature, but the italian stories I have read mostly seem to follow this rule:
You start with a problem...people work towards solving that problem...things end up much worse than you could have ever possibly imagined...
so its like American stories just instead of a happy ending, something terrible happens...or they just don't really end, the author just seems to stop writing...

but I digress...this book is a great tool for learning italian...I learned a lot, especially about conjugating verbs and such...vocab as well...even though I didn't like some of the stories, they weren't that bad and some of them I thought were entertaining...the one by Machiavelli, "Belfagor" I really liked...but the real great thing about these books is you are learning Italian w/o realing studying it...you know what I mean? Its not fun to sit in class but it is fun to read stories...you will be learning a lot more than you realize...sometimes I will try to read a whole story w/o looking at the translation, other times I will look at the translation for each line...its fun to go back and see how close you were to figuring out what really happened...

OK my favorite parts about this book were the vocab section and questionnaire at the end...the questions check to see if you understand what is going on, and the vocab has a many words, most of which I had never heard before...A great book...
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91eeb654) out of 5 stars Highly recommended for serious students of Italian. 3 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the serious advanced student of Italian, I know of no better book to use as first step in exploring Italian literature. Translations are literal enough to give accurate correspondence to Italian, but literate enough to stand on their own in English as well: a marvelous achievement.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ead2c9c) out of 5 stars Not for beginners! 2 Aug. 2007
By chikfender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I give this book a low rating because it is advertised as suitable for students of Italian, but is simply not a good tool for beginning students. I am a beginner student who can speak basic Italian fairly well, but I had much difficulty with this book! It actually worsened my Italian some with confusing, outdated words.

My significant other is from Italy. After speaking with him (a very well educated person who attended liceo classico - Italian high school focusing on grammar, literature, history, and philosophy) and other Italians, I found that the stories in this book are for very advanced students who can already speak Italian.

Many of the words in these old stories are no longer used in speaking today. If you are trying to learn Italian, do not buy this book. If you are fluent in Italian, but your first language is English, and you want to learn about Italian history and culture, this book is good for you.
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