An original Italian easy reader by Giovanni Galavotti
Ragionier Fantozzi, Ugo is an Italian everyman, though not a very happy one!
Ugo is ambivalent, to say the least, about his job and his family. He dares to hope for more from both his professional and personal lives, though never seems surprised when his ambitions are thwarted!
The 1971 book was a million-seller. And mention the 1975 film, on which our ‘easy reader’ is based, to any Italian to get them happily talking you through their favourite scenes.
For a rather different insight into Italian life and attitudes, don’t miss the unforgettable cultural meme that is Fantozzi!
- .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
- 9 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 and above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
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Helen (verified owner) –
I have a few of these easy readers at different levels and find them all really good for improving my knowledge of Italian vocabulary, sentence construction, grammar etc. I’ve watched some clips from the film on YouTube and as another reviewer said the books helped to fill in the bits I didn’t understand in the film and vice versa.
I find reading these books an interesting and enjoyable way of practising what I already know in Italian and a way to learn something new. I would definitely recommend.
Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback, Helen! We really appreciate it!
KJ (verified owner) –
Years ago, I downloaded part of a Fantozzi movie from an Italian TV network. Admittedly, that film was a cinema piece full of slap stick, sight gags, and broad humor–and was not everyone’s cup of tea–but I loved it, laughing out loud, frequently, even with my limited Italian knowledge, at that point. I live in a rather stuffy world, at work, so find silly humor to be a nice break from the pretentiousness of some of my colleagues, who are, frankly, about as humorous as stale mushrooms. Oh well. Each to his own.
I enjoyed this new Fantozzi book, as both a stand-alone Italian language exercise and as a prerequisite for understanding, with greater capacity, the movie, once I viewed it. So, I am very happy with my purchase and find that the type of non-stop, immersive environment movies present to be, yes, a tad overwhelming, but also necessary, for learning progress.
Readers probably know this, but Netflix has employed dozens of translators and “dubbers” and most of the newer Netflix movies and episodic series are now dubbed in a variety of languages, Italian being one of the dozens available. I speak some Spanish, from living in Texas, but also have a tourist-level (not full fluency) knowledge of Greek and Italian and have utilized these new Netflix “audio-dubbed” films–either with or without English subtitles–to practice comprehension of a language and then to check my understanding. It’s a fascinating way to immerse myself in a half hour of a languages, whenever I have time. So I was happy to discover this Fantozzi guide book, too!
I loved this easyreader Fantozzi purchase and have learned a lot from it.
KJ in Austin, TX
Mary Wilson (verified owner) –
Cinema is not really my thing, but I am so pleased to have discovered Ugo Fantozzi.
I recommend reading and listening to a chapter of the book and then watching the corresponding section of the film (see Daniel’s link of 7th May, Mediaset on Demand). I listened out for the bits of dialogue that Giovanni had included in the book and found lots of useful vocabulary in each glossary.
Although the film relies on visual humour, short dialogues and narration, I still found it difficult to fully appreciate everything that was happening in each scene. The “Easy Reader” filled in the gaps for me. I loved the sections that included the waiter, as well as those that related to the Italian love of food.
This is a fun way to learn italian!