An easy Italian reader by Francesca Colombo
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!
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
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- 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 intermediate level or above
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Donna K. (verified owner) –
I had read so much about Pirandello and wanted to read his books, but I knew I didn’t have the stamina to read the story in full. This adaptation was wonderful. The forward/introduction of “setting the stage” was very valuable. The story made me think and reflect. It was not just an experience of reading in Italian—it was a lesson in human psychology. I don’t mean it to sound too profound or intimidating, but it does make you think— and that’s a good thing.
John Holden (verified owner) –
I can’t fault the EasyReader; it is of the same standard as others that I have read; straightforward text with useful exercises for each chapter, and good audio to follow. A weird story, as one might expect from Pirandello, so I won’t be bothering to read the original, even though it’s available as a free download.
hhensley42 (verified owner) –
I enjoyed this book immensely – using your technique of reading without the dictionary . It worked quite well. I have been working my way through the full version of Pinocchio – one of the versions you recommended for download – it has been great, but Uno, nessuno e centomila has been much more enjoyable.
Zsuzsanna Snarey (verified owner) –
I enjoyed reading the Easy Italian version of this classic Italian literature. There are plenty of surprises and page-turners. It is a very strange story with a moral. The “glossario” is very helpful as well as the exercises at the end of each chapter. It is a perfect introduction to the full version which I have also started to read. I think that reading real books is a very good way to absorb the culture and flavour of Italy. I only wish I could visit again and put my learning to the test.
Susan (verified owner) –
This was my first easy reader and I was/am very impressed at the amount of thought that went into it. The introductory comments placed the work in its historical and literary context, and the questions at the end of each chapter helped focus the mind. I am not all that advanced in my Italian studies, but thanks to the easy reader I did make it through the original ( needed grit) and in doing that I really believe that my ability to understand both written and spoken Italian has improved. Grazie!
I bought this to give myself a framework for reading the original and that has worked pretty well (though I am still working my way through the original). I especially appreciated the comprehension questions for this title, since many of the events in the book don’t make logical sense. The original has been really enjoyable, by the way – I definitely recommend reading this simplified version to help boost you up to the rich language and mad humor of Pirandello.
Krista Lamoreaux (verified owner) –
This is a super-simplified version of Pirandello’s classic. While I would love to read the original (and had hoped to do so with the Mini-Book Club), I realized I do not currently have the bandwidth (or perhaps, the grit). This EasyReader made it easy for me to understand the gist of the original. Having read some of the comments of the book club, the EasyReader did not take me on the wild ride Pirandello took his readers, but now at least I have a working knowledge (think: Cliff Notes) of an Italian classic. And I understood enough to be able to laugh at an Italian joke my Italian Skype tutor shared with me about the book.
P.S. I HIGHLY (five brilliant stars!) recommend the Italian Skype Lessons, too!