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eBook of the Week, ‘I Malavoglia’ (B1), £4.99

This week’s half-price eBook of the Week offer is our B1 (intermediate) ‘easy reader’ version of Giovanni Verga’s classic of Italian literature, ‘I Malavoglia‘.

As I confessed last week, I’m not normally the sort of person who spends time on literature, still less in a foreign language, but we did a ‘mini book club‘ with it over at during the first pandemic lockdown, in June 2020, so I had to show an interest.

Besides proof-reading and listening to our ‘easy reader’ version, I read the original as did some other members. It’s a historical novel set in Sicily, so the writing is hard at first, with dialect and so on. A lot of guesswork was involved, but I’m sure that would be true for Italian native speakers too

Scroll though the comments on the ‘mini book club‘ page to find out how I and other club members got on. The reviews of our ‘easy reader’ version are also worth a look. And here’s the blurb from our online shop:

Easy Italian readers - I Malavoglia - cover image

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…”

  • .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 pre-intermediate/intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Remember, this week ‘I Malavoglia‘ is 50% discounted, so just £4.99 rather than the usual ‘easy reader’ ebook price of £9.99!

Buy ‘I Malavoglia‘ just £4.99! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Italian literature | World Literature | Catalog

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