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The author of the book: R. de Roussy de Sales
Date of issue: September 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780658005534
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The size of the: 330 KB
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De Sales's Easy French Reader was such a lovely book, that I was left wishing there was more. And, voila!—there is. Whoever this de Sales character is, they have a genius for writing and editing pedagogical texts. Both in this book and in the Reader, the writing somehow manage to be both simple and interesting. Although constructed for students, they never feel dumbed down; you are not reduced reading the silly, stultifying stuff commonly encountered in language textbooks—vocabulary lessons in disguise. Rather, de Sales quickly has you reading dialogues, histories, stories. And even though the sentences are straightforward and the vocabulary kept on a tight leash, all of these texts are genuinely engaging—not just as learning tools, but in their own right.
This same talent is at work in this book, which is an adapted and heavily abridged version of Dumas's famous novel. The book is divided into bite sized chapters, and each chapter has several review questions at the end. A few words are defined in the margins; but mostly the reader is left on their own, thrown into the water to swim about and, with any luck, to touch the bottom with their tiptoes. Despite being compacted, crunched, and crushed, the plot still remains, albeit in skeletal form; and enough excitement endures to make you half-forget that this book is meant for business, and not for pleasure.
I wish that there were more books like de Sales's. The more I attempt to learn foreign languages, the less patience I have for grammar charts, for dry exercises, and for vocabulary tests. I find it much more effective, as well as more pleasureful, to throw myself into the language, learning through conversations and novels. I have memorized German grammar charts a hundred times; and it has helped me not a whit, as the charts don't give me a sense for which situations call for which grammatical case. It's like memorizing a multiplication table instead of learning to multiply.
Forgive the digression. To force myself back to this book, I only repeat that I give it a hearty recommendation. Who doesn't like their French served with a side of well-earned revenge?
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