At the end of March we published the second in a five-part series about an Italian family that migrates to the USA. The rest of the series was due later in the spring, but things got messed up, so those have been brought forward.
Today, then, we have the third in the series, which is rated at a slightly higher level than the first two (if you enjoyed them, don’t let that put you off), Colpa della terra, Libro 3, Senza dire niente. The level is B2/C1, so upper-intermediate/advanced.
Each tale in this five-part series is narrated by a different member of the family, and the story arc as a whole spans more than fifty years, from the end of the nineteenth century until WWII. With this one, we’re up to 1908, I think.
Libri 4 and 5 will be published at two week intervals, so roughly at the beginning and the middle of May.
Anyway, here’s the blurb from our ebooks shop:
An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
The third in a series of five ‘easy reader’ ebooks which tells the story of three generations of an Italian family who emigrate to the USA.
Libro 3 is narrated by Antonio, one of the twins. He came to New York from Italy when he was just as a child, but is now a young man, a merchant sailor, and hoping to start of a family of his own.
“Forza, maledetti italiani! Che avete? Non volete lavorare? Volete stare seduti sugli alberi a prendere il sole senza fare niente, come siete abituati al paese vostro?! Forse volete diventare ancora più negri dei negri!” Un giovane americano spavaldo e arrogante ci insulta con disprezzo, sventolando alcuni fogli che ha in mano.
Siamo tutti ragazzi giovani, poveri e abbastanza affamati, quindi lavoriamo per poco. La paga che ci ha offerto, però, è davvero troppo bassa. Sento due siciliani che parlano tra loro e uno dice: “No, compare, per questi quattro spiccioli non lavoro. Mi rifiuto! Non siamo bestie.”
Io sto in silenzio guardando il mare e poi mi giro verso la mia ragazza, che è venuta ad accompagnarmi al porto. Vengo umiliato dal reclutatore di marinai proprio davanti a lei, ma non ho il coraggio di ribellarmi. Rosalba, la mia fidanzata, mi dice all’orecchio: “Andiamo via, Antonio, domani ci sarà un’occasione migliore.”
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters to read and listen to!
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
What if you’d like to read this one, but didn’t get around to buying Libri 1 and 2??
Those aren’t discounted like this week’s new one, but here are the links, for those who’d prefer to tackle the series in order:
But if you don’t read/listen confidently at B2(+) level? Not to worry – you’ll find plenty of other ebook options from beginner upwards in our online Catalog, all with downloadable free sample chapters and FREE online audio!
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Saturday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news was published as usual, despite this being a holiday weekend. Read/listen to it today, while things are quiet.
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