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Arturo's Island (Italia) by Elsa Morante

Arturo's Island (Italia) (original 1957; edition 2003)

by Elsa Morante (Author)

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A moving Italian coming-of-age classic in a new translation by Ann Goldstein, celebrated translator of Elena Ferrante.
Title:Arturo's Island (Italia)
Authors:Elsa Morante (Author)
Info:Steerforth Press (2003), Edition: 1st Steerforth Ed, 384 pages
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Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante (1957)

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Splendido. Scrittrice con la S maiuscola. Travolgente nella sua semplicità. Consigliato a tutti gli amanti delle buone letture. ( )
  Ecate | Aug 18, 2021 |
A beautiful book, wholeheartedly recommended. It's very well written, full of poetry and adventure. ( )
  claraoscura | Aug 5, 2019 |
Unusual coming of age story about a boy who lives a nearly solitary (but idyllic) existence on an island off the coast of Italy. His mother died in childbirth and his father travels much and is away for extended periods of time. His world gets turned upside down when his father comes home with a bride only a couple of years older than him. ( )
  Mark.Kosminskas | Jun 9, 2019 |
On the island of Procida off the coast of Naples, 14 year old Arturo leads an Edenic existence. His mother died when he is born, and his father disappears onto the mainland for weeks, sometimes months at a time, leaving Arturo free to explore the wonders of his island, coming and going as he pleases. Until the day his father steps off the ferry with a new wife and step-mother for Arturo, that is. Nunziata is just a couple of years older than Arturo, and with her arrival his world is up-ended.

This is basically an unusual and enchanting coming of age novel, as Arturo must learn to navigate his way to maturity. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Jul 10, 2017 |
A great book about growing up on a small poor island community in southern Italy. Very human, very well written. How boundless the human spirit can be even within a confined territorial space. ( )
  Miguelnunonave | Aug 7, 2013 |
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Arturo, il guerresco ragazzo dal nome di una stella, vive in un'isola tra spiagge e scogliere, pago di sogni fantastici. Non si cura di vestiti né di cibi. È stato allevato con latte di capra. La vita per lui è promessa solo di imprese e di libertà assoluta. E ora ricorda. Queste sono le sue memorie, dall'idillio solitario alla scoperta della vita: l'amore, l'amicizia, il dolore, la disperazione. Secondo romanzo della Morante dopo Menzogna e sortilegio (1948), L'isola di Arturo confermò tutte le qualità della scrittrice romana: l'impasto di elementi realistici e fiabeschi, la forte suggestione del linguaggio. Arturo, come Elisa in Menzogna e sortilegio, "si porta addosso la croce di far parte non di un oggi ma di un sempre".
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