"Two or Three" Book Club, Meeting 129
Once more I invite you all to join my language learning journey! As I've been saying in other posts, my mission is to absorb the L2 and L3 media that native speakers would have incorporated into their identity just by growing up in their cultures. And what better media to start with than the inheritance they were ready to receive as children?
Vote after the jump!
Well, okay, three different Italians have already told me that the faerie tales compiled and rewritten by Italo Calvino are not exactly Italian childhood staples the way the Brothers Grimm's stories have been in Germany (and arguably the rest of the world as well). But they are undoubtedly the closest in format--and I've been wanting to read some bite-sized stories for a while. So I beg everyone to indulge me. My personal interests aside, I think that faerie tales are, in and of themselves, worth reading--with faerie tales from other countries proving especially interesting because of the mix of universal archetypes and particularities of culture.
I'd like the readalong to follow the format of our earlier foray into Classic Radio plays. So a week from now, after the votes are in and the winner is chosen, I will announce the first of ten stories to read. I will choose only those that are available online in both English and the winner's original language. (If anyone has other suggestions on how to run this or which stories to feature, please let me know!)
Image Sources: a) Grimms Maerchen, b) Fiabe Italiane