The novella that was the basis for perhaps the most popular opera of all time, Prosper Mérimée’s Carmen is the swashbuckling story. Read “Carmen, in English translation” by Prosper Merimee with Rakuten Kobo. According to Wikipedia: “Prosper Mérimée (September 28, September Prosper Mérimée was born in Paris in Carmen, written in , is just 60 pages long not quite a novella, but more than a short story.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Having never seen englisg opera Carmen, but recently having occasion to hear the Habanera played by the LA Phil, I was curious to know more about Bizet’s work, only to find that it was based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Merimee. Well, that certainly intrigued my interest more than the opera, and I promptly downloaded a copy of the Kindle version. It was a mesmerizing read; first, because it introduced me to the Romani people, of which I had scant knowledge carmne for the occasional unflattering portrayal of gypsies in movies, and second, because the novella is a fascinating study of raw human emotions and passion in a place and time from removed from the trappings of our modern society.

One almost longs to live in such an era among such people, but by the end of the story, one is very glad not to. One person found this helpful. I love this story. I’ve meri,ee the opera, the musical, the Spanish film, and mtv version. I also borrowed this book from my local library about two years ago read it and was planning to rent it again.


But between then and now they sold all there old books. I’m glad I decided to purchase this book for myself after all it is one of my favorite stories. Would recommend this book for anyone whose looking for a quick read and a pretty decent story line. The original text was french but the tale is in Spain.

There are a lot of words without translation but sometimes the same character explain the meaning. In pos “I call myself Don, because I have a right to it, and if I were at Elizondo I could show you my parchment genealogy” Some other words without translation in this edition you have an explication like the word “Veintiquatro” the editor said that it refer to a Magistrate in charge of the municipal police arrangements, and local government regulations.

I find this edition could help to understand some gipsy and spanish old costumes. I recommend this book and this edition when you want to read classics books. It was a fascinating read partly because of my research, but also for the depth of the novella itself.

It was interesting to realize some of the choices Bizet made when adapting the book for his opera. I got interested in reading Carmen from playing a slot game of the same name. I have now read Karanina for the same reason. One doesn’t always know what will inspire a search for a great story. Kindle has provided the inspiration. Everybody knows how the two met eenglish that their relationship had many ups and downs until the tragic end; but the story is page-turning and even more fascinating than engilsh opera.

In the last chapter, there is some information about the gypsies, because the Mermee author studied about this nomad population; therefore he shares his knowledge with his readers: This is, of course, a translation from the original French.

It is the story of a young soldier’s infatuation with an enticing Gypsy woman, Carmen, and his stormy relationship with her, causing his ruin and her death. The story is more straightforward than Bizet’s opera, a couple of characters are introduced propser, Carmen’s husbandsome omitted, such as Don Jose’s innocent domestic love, Michaela, and some deemphasized, such as the bullfighter whom we never see in the book but who still figures in the ending. This Carmen is a good and loyal mate to Don Jose in ways other than absolute sexual fidelity, but the disgraced soldier can not deal with her free ways nor the possibility than she might abandon him and, in the end, this jealousy destroys them both.


Not a very long read, but worthwhile, entertaining, and a near-tragedy, for both Don Jose and Carmen. Carmen was my favorite of the series.

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Read this and all john bemtons books as a teen, this one was my favorite. The women of the walter hoving home, former prostitutes who were given new xarmen in Christ: See all 30 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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