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I'll Steal You Away by Niccolò Ammaniti

I'll Steal You Away (1999)

by Niccolò Ammaniti

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Tweede miskleun op een rij, en alweer een veelgeprezen boek. Ik snap al die lof niet voor een karikaturaal verhaal met platte karakters die ik niet serieus kan nemen. Het is een klucht, supersnel verteld, slordig soms en zonder een greintje diepgang. Niet meer dan een boek voor op een zonnig strand als je al een paar rosé's op hebt. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
An interesting read. Good character development,but disappointing ending. ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” more like “don’t judge a book by its freaking title”, dammit. (But as for the English edition, the cover, too, since it’s really lovely).

Let me start with the most obvious thing: the writing. Especially in some parts, the writing was so less than average that you got the feeling any wannabe author could have written those lines, which left me deeply dumbfounded considering all the literary prizes the author has won over the years. Some examples of that were along the lines of:

- "His smile was like a sunny day in February."
- "His lacrimal glands were drier than the desert."
- "She was so cold and aloof, she must have swallowed a block of ice for breakfast".

and so on.

I mean.. whaaat? The only explanation I can come up with is that the dialogues, descriptions and everything else had to be consistent with the characters of a small village, so the poor writing was sort of done on purpose, but frankly that’s no excuse either, on the contrary if that’s the case it would be more of a sign of laziness than anything.

Secondly, thank you, Mister author, for reminding me that humans are scum and that 90% of the time there’s no logic explanation behind their despicable actions and if there is one it’s really stupid, but I kinda already knew that.

I think the characters were meant to be realistic, but they were a little too realistic, so they ended up being bad, clichéd caricatures.

Also, the only two characters worth your attention, in the end are depicted as weak outcasts that end up being pushed in a corner or crashed either by society or other human beings. A very positive message indeed. (Now obviously books don’t necessarily have to give out an overall positive message and everything, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be pissed off by those that don’t, especially when they don’t make much sense).
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  kairih | Aug 30, 2014 |
Excellent book, very clever, very funny. An adolescent's views on provincial life in Italy. Hugely entertaining. Very fluid and suggestive language. ( )
  Miguelnunonave | Aug 8, 2013 |
Great characters and two well told stories. Pietro Moroni is a twelve-year old who is bullied both at school and at home; Grazia is an aging flamenco signer who is a storied womanizer , and Flora Palmiera is the beautiful school teacher that links them both. ( )
  CarterPJ | Jul 10, 2012 |
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Ammaniti, NiccolòAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartmann, UlrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, JonathanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"...en als ik dacht terug aan het begin, toen ik nog onschuldig was, toen ik nog het rode licht van de koralen in mijn haar had, toen ik, ijdel als geen ander, mij spiegelde in de maan en steeds maar wilde horen: je bent beeldschoon." Loredana Berté, Sei Bellissima. "Waarom houdt de mandoline niet langer de maat? Waarom laat de gitaar zich niet meer horen?" Rodolfo Falvo, Guapparia. "Allegría es cosa buena." La macarena.
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Thirty-nine-year-old Italian literary superstar Niccolo Ammaniti's novel I'm Not Scared prompted gushing critical praise, hit international best-seller lists, and was made into a hit indie film. In I'll Steal You Away, Ammaniti takes his empathy for children and ability to conjure vivid, quirky characters straight out of the Italian countryside to fantastic literary heights. With profound tenderness, Ammaniti shines light on the broken hearts and misbegotten dreams of ordinary folks striving only for slightly better lives. Through the eyes of a fragile boy and a self-aggrandizing small-town lothario, he shows how two very different people each come to realize that redemption must come from within.
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"Ischiano Scalo. A place where even the main road out of town gives up after a couple of miles, where escape from a life of boredom and emptiness is almost impossible. Forced into crimes he never wanted to commit, 11-year-old Pietro reaches crisis point when his parents ignore his pleas for support and his schoolteacher turns her back on him - looking for help, he find instead a terrible revenge. Escape from Ischiano Scalo comes at a price. Life there will never be the same again." "Through the eyes of a desperate boy and a deluded small-town Don Juan, Niccolo Ammaniti gradually reveals his cast of misfits, lighting up the grand dreams and sad realities of ordinary people living extraordinary lives in this taut and bittersweet masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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