Un Poco Favor
One of these years I’ll get around to doing an April Fool’s Day joke. But not this year. Actually, I’m going to be cheeky and come back from a week long blogging break (sorry! I had a liver biopsy done last Monday) with a request. I think I’ve mentioned this already, but I’ve begun studying Spanish for my upcoming trip to Mexico. It’s actually great fun, and I’ve already decided I want to keep up the learning past my trip and the tourist basics I’ll (hopefully) master in the next couple of months. So that’s where you come in! If you read Spanish, do you have an authors or book titles to recommend? I’m a beginner, so I’m looking for writers who use fairly straightforward structures (i.e.: not Borges) and everyday/simple vocabulary. I’m lucky to have access to a public library with masses of Spanish books, and while I could just get simple English books that have been translated into Spanish, I don’t think that’d be as much fun. Short stories & plays would probably be easiest for me to start on, but I’m definitely not opposed to novels! I find poetry difficult enough in English, so I think I’ll save the Spanish poets for awhile down the road. Mystery authors would be a bonus. :) Muchas gracias!
P.S.: For anyone studying Russian and looking for a similar author, I recommend Chekhov. In French, to be honest in my lit class we jumped straight to writers like Camus and Rimbaud, but I suspect Colette would be a very fun place to begin.
P.P.S.: Regular programming should resume tomorrow! :)