Done with last week’s Free Trial Lesson Offer (it’s over, so don’t bother emailing to plead that you missed it because…), this week I have an ‘eBook of the week’ for you!
It’s all ‘sell, sell, sell’ around here, isn’t it?
Well not really… Last week I was giving something away, and this week our half-price ebook is a steal!
Anyway, I’ve selected something to cheer you up in these uncertain times, after nearly a year of global pandemic.
“Cheer me up?”, you may ask, “How is that even possible, when I can’t come to Italy and live ‘la dolce vita’?”
Well it absolutely is possible!
Begin by being grateful that you weren’t born into a family of nineteenth century Sicilian fisherfolk:
Giovanni Verga’s classic novel of a struggling family of fishermen is one of the best known works of Italian literature from the nineteenth century.
‘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, Bastiano’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…”
The level of this ‘easy’ reader ebook is B1/Intermediate, which makes it much, much ‘easier’ than the original book, I can assure you. I read it last year.
If you fancy a challenge, so can you – the original text is out of copyright, so available FREE online! Just Google the title + .pdf and you’ll find it easily. Why pay for something, even with a half-price offer, if you can get the original for FREE?
Why indeed? Well actually, because this simplified version, with online audio, comprehension exercises, and Italian-English glossaries, is designed to be accessible for learners of Italian. Which the original certainly wasn’t…
N.b. If your level is significantly lower (or higher) than B1, check out our catalog page, where you’ll find all our easy reader ebooks, listed by type and in level order.
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