As mentioned on Friday, today we have a new, B1 (intermediate) -level ‘easy Italian reader’ ebook, the third in our series of simplified versions of classic Italian literature.
Once more we find ourselves back in the nineteenth-century, this time in a Sicilian fishing village…
‘I Malavoglia’, literally ‘the Unwillings’ (an ironic nickname coined, in the Sicilian fashion of the day, by fellow villagers and fisherfolk) are an industrious extended family headed by ‘Ntoni, who fishes from the family’s boat, ‘la Provvidenza’, together with his son, Bastiano, and grandsons.
For generations, hard work and the strength of the family has been enough to ensure survival and respect. But one day, the Bastianao’s eldest boy, called ‘Ntoni too, after his grandfather, is drafted to the military. Suddenly the hard-working family is short one set of hands: “nessuno può immaginarne le catastrofiche conseguenze…”
As always, there’s a free sample chapter (.pdf) so you can get an idea of the level, length and format of this ebook, and whether it will be suitable for you at your current level in Italian.
If it is, then hurry to buy I Malavoglia this week, while we have the special launch offer price of just £5.99 (from next Monday it’ll sell for £7.99.)
If not, why not select something more appropriate from our Catalog page to liven up your studies? You’ll find there all of our ebooks for learning Italian (and other languages), listed by type and level, from the lowest level to the highest.
New Mini-Book Club: I Malavoglia
It’s a place where club members can share thoughts and support each other while reading the story – either the original version, which is available free online if you search for it, or our ‘easy reader’ version (just £5.99 this week!)
It’s completely free to participate in the ‘Mini-Book Club’ – as I mentioned, the original text is available online so there’s no need to buy anything unless you choose to.
If you’d like to join the discussion, you’ll be asked for your email address as an anti-spam measure, but that won’t be published or used for any other purpose.
Click this link to visit the new ‘Mini-Book Club’ page.
Don’t forget to read and listen to Saturday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news, which is also absolutely free.
And if you subscribe, which has no cost either, we’ll send each thrice-weekly bulletin directly to your email inbox!