As mentioned on Friday, today we have a new, B2 (upper-intermediate) -level ‘easy Italian reader’ ebook, the second in a series of simplified versions of classic Italian literature.
This time we’re back in the twentieth-century, 1926 to be precise, and the book is Uno, nessuno e centomila (One, No One and One Hundred Thousand), a weird title for an unusual, but thought-provoking tale!
Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello’s long-unfinshed novel of a privileged young man who one day realises that the way others perceive him is not the way he has always seen himself. Dissatisfied with the idea that everyone who knows him has a different picture of who he is, based on their own preconceptions, he decides to shake things up!
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 so, then hurry to buy Uno, nessuno e centomila this week, while we have the special launch offer price of just £5.99 (from next Monday it’ll sell for £7.99.)
Or select something more appropriate from our Catalog page, which lists all of our ebooks for learning Italian (and other languages), from the lowest level to the highest.
The usual reminder about ebook formats: the default ebook format is .pdf (printable and readable on most devices). I always send that one, but this material is also available in .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) formats. If you’d like one or both of these other formats, at no extra cost, just ask when you order – there’s the option on the order form to add a note – or email me.
Oh, and Amazon Pay is back, for those of you who are into global monopolies. The update chaos seems to have sorted itself out, so if you have an Amazon account that you use regularly, you can choose to buy our ebooks or lessons that way (and so avoid the dreaded Paypal). Look out for their logo when you get to the payment stage in our online shop.
New Mini-Book Club!
By popular request (three or four people wrote to me to say they’d like to do this again), from today there’s a new ‘Mini-Book Club’ page on the club website.
The idea is to have 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!)
I admit to not being a huge literature fan, but I got through Pinocchio (finished it yesterday!) so I thought I’d have a go at this one too.
The .pdf I found online has 203 pages, but it’s a very large font so they should be quick to get through.
One thing I think I did wrong with Pinocchio was not to set myself a target to read it each day (so it often got put off) or of a specific number of pages, which I DID do previously with ‘Il nome della rosa’.
So this time I’m telling myself to start today and to aim for 20 or more pages each day, with the objective of finishing the original version before we launch the next title in our Literature Series in two weeks’ time.
200 large-font pages, 20 pages a day? Should be manageable, even skipping weekends, when I get up later and cook more.
If the original version is too heavy for you but you’d like to join me in 1926 anyway, then get yourself a copy of our simplified version, which is just eight short chapters of one or two pages each (plus a glossary and exercise for each chapter.) Do four chapters this week and four next week, and you should easily keep pace!
Just as with the club website, it’s completely free to participate in the ‘Mini-Book Club’ – you don’t have to buy anything or register. If you’d like to join the discussion, you’ll be asked for your email address, but it won’t be published or used for any other purpose.
A mercoledì, allora!
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