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Boring to death
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
The sub-heading on the cover reads: "10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French...the Fun Way!"
How anyone could ever have come up with "captivating" and "fun" in connection with this slim volume is beyond me.
The 1st story is about 3 young people from 3 different French-speaking countries, meeting and talking about the differences in the way French is spoken in each of their countries. How truly "captivating" !
Furthermore, words that might be new and in need of being looked up are given, with their translations, in the so-named "vocabulary pages" at the END of each story instead of each page having a separate little section at the bottom, as for footnotes (and as is the case with all standard foreign-language readers), with the difficult words of each page and their translations right there, at the bottom of the page you are on, so that you just have to glance at the bottom to see the meaning.
But no. Here, you have to keep flipping back and forth from your place in the book to the vocabulary pages at the end of the very dull and unimaginative story you are attempting to slog through.
In the 2nd story an IT geek is very proud of all of his equipment and sets it up in a new office, but the printer doesn't work. So he calls in his friend and the friend's dog (Wow! Fun!) to help him.
I only suffered though 2 pages of the first story and 1 page of the 2nd. Then, out of a sense of self-preservation, I gave up. The book is now lying on the table in the front hall while I try to come up with an idea of what to do with it. It cost too much to put it in the bin with old newspapers, etc., waiting to be taken to the recycling area, but I cannot think of anyone I'd foist it on.