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Agostino by Alberto Moravia

Agostino (original 1944; edition 1974)

by Alberto Moravia

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Young Agostino's relationship to his mother comes apart as he discovers that she has interests other than him. He takes up with a young gang of toughs seemingly as a rebellion, an assertion of himself as a separate individual. But they treat him with cruelty and mock his mother. I felt that the reader was kept at a distance, unable to truly sympathize with either the mother or the son, just to view the sad predicament. ( )
  gbelik | Oct 22, 2015 |
This novella, translated from the original Italian, is a primal, deeply psychological tale of one young man's loss of innocence. While staying at the beach with his beloved mother, Agostino ' s eyes are opened to the world of sensuality and violence, of deep male drives. As a woman, I felt like I had been gifted a glimpse of the painful male passage from childhood to adulthood, and it seemed so authentic that I almost felt I was trespassing. ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 23, 2015 |
Now we're talking. Moravia's got style!
This is a short novel. The story is simple, not even necessarily original (a Freudian coming-of-age tale). But... it was fun to read. I was immediately drawn into Agostino's world. I wanted to keep reading it.
This is style. ( )
  donato | Apr 29, 2011 |
This novel could be, according to the terse language, a precursor of the Nouveau Roman. Moravia portrays the soulscape of a thirteen years old boy.
  hbergander | Apr 4, 2011 |
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"A thirteen-year-old boy spending the summer at a Tuscan seaside resort feels displaced in his beautiful widowed mother's affections by her cocksure new companion and strays into the company of some local young toughs and their unsettling leader, a fleshy older boatman with six fingers on each hand. Initially repelled by their squalor and brutality, repeatedly humiliated for his well-bred frailty and above all for his ingenuousness in matters of women and sex, the boy nonetheless finds himself masochistically drawn back to the gang's rough games. And yet what he has learned is too much for him to assimilate; instead of the manly calm he had hoped for he is beset by guilty curiosity and an urgent desire to sever, at any cost, the thread of troubled sensuality that binds him to his mother still. Alberto Moravia's classic and yet still startling portrait of innocence lost was written in 1941 but rejected by Fascist censors and not published until 1944, when it became a best seller and secured the author the first literary prize of his career. Revived here in a sparkling new translation by Michael F. Moore, Agostino is poised to enthrall and astonish a twenty-first-century audience"--… (more)

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