Spanish stories a dual language book pdf
Cuentos españoles by Ángel FloresI bought this dual-language book of Spanish Short Stories to brush up on my Spanish--and perhaps learn a little bit about Spanish literature. On one page is the original Spanish, and facing it the English translation. There are 13 tales, ranging from a contemporary of Chaucer (Don Juan Manuel) to still living writers at the time of the 1960 publication: Borges, Cela, Goytisolo. My least favorite stories were two of the earliest ones by Don Juan Manual and Cervantes of Don Quixote fame--both were way too misogynist for me to find amusing, even if reflecting their times. Manuals story may have been the inspiration for Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew according to the Foreword and featured a woman terrified into obedience. Cervantes happy ending featured a woman marrying her rapist to recoup her honor. The anonymous story bookended by each Lazarillo de Tormes I did find amusing--even its humor was dark indeed; it was among the most memorable of the tales. Parma is from Peru; Unamuno is from Uruguay and Lynch and Borges from Argentinia--the rest are Spaniards.
There is only one woman author, Pardo Bazan, who the editor names along with Alarcon and Clarion (both also represented) as one of the great trinity of 19th century Spanish writers. For me her story, The Revolver was easily the standout in the anthology, as chilling as anything by Poe and with a twist worthy of de Maupassant. If I seek out more by any of the authors in the collection, Bazan would be at the top of my list. I was also charmed by stories by Alarcon (The Stub-Book), Palma (The Scorpion of Fray Gomez) and Lynch (The Sorrel Colt). The rest of the stories I didnt find all that remarkable--and I cant blame the translation having the Spanish right before me. I do love the concept of these dual language books, and the Forward, Introductions to the stories and the Notes gave all the context I could have asked for.
Get it now for free:. Basil finds himself in a strange new pot and meets our other chatty little plants. They think they know some stuff, but when it comes to animals, they know nothing. One wild assumption followed by another gets them into big trouble. Next time they may not be so lucky! This illustrated story is for bilingual children and Spanish language students with a basic or intermediate knowledge who want to study a dual language text in English and Spanish.
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They switch between languages willy-nilly, sometimes with only a quick sideways glance to confirm. Dual-language books can provide just the momentum you need to propel yourself towards greater fluency. Dual-language books, also known as bilingual books, are one such type of language learning book. Bilingual German books? Considering living a double life with dual-language books? They offer text in two different languages.