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"Hace mil años que estoy aqui" (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Mariolina Venezia

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In a tiny, ancient Italian hill town, where the land gives little and money and food are scarce, Don Francesco Falcone is a man to be reckoned with: rich, powerful, restless, intransigent. When he meets another force of nature, Concetta, a penniless but indestructible farmworker, the stage is set for the creation of an exceptional family: generations of strong, complicated boys and, especially, girls. The battles among them are many as they live through historical upheaval and private passions. Their stories are told by Gioia, the last of the line, a woman of our times who fights tirelessly against convention. She is the product of a family of memorable women who know how to survive, and also how to make something fantastical and rich out of their lives: with their hands they create delicate and complex embroideries, while their minds embroider endless, elaborate stories. In this sweeping, unforgettable novel, Mariolina Venezia portrays five generations of the Falcone family. Through their complicated, funny, tragic, and astonishing stories, Venezia also recounts a century and a half of Italy's tumultuous history.Been Here a Thousand Yearsis a testament to the Falcone family, and also to the vibrant, irrational, irresistible country that produced it.… (more)
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Been Here a Thousand Years by Mariolina Venezia (2006)

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... che nella parte finale ci sia come un cambio di tono e di stile nella scrittura. Mi sembra che il calo cominci dalla gravidanza di Alba e continui poi per tutta la parte dedicata a Gioia.
E tutta questa seconda parte non è riuscita a farmi sentire coinvolta, nonostante il percorso formativo e l'età ipotetica di Gioia possano coincidere con uno spezzone della mia gioventù: il 16 marzo 1978 mi trovavo in un altro liceo a soli pochi passi di distanza dagli scalini dell'E.Duni su cui era seduta Gioia quando si venne a sapere del rapimento di Moro; le case abbandonate dei sassi erano diventate anche per me punto di ritrovo e direi di riferimento... questa condivisione di luoghi e di esperienze, però, non è stata in grado di trasmettermi emozioni, le ho lette quasi con un atteggiamento neutro, senza coinvolgimento.
Le impressioni più forti restano quelle della parte iniziale del libro ed è a questa parte che assegno le stelline.

un'ultima noticina, una sensazione, forse sbagliata, anzi sicuramente sbagliata, ma presente: durante la lettura non potevo evitare di riportare alla mente "l'arte della gioia" di goliarda sapienza e la sua bellissima Modesta, forse per il periodo storico simile, per la numerosità dei personaggi, forse per l'ambientazione nel meridione d'italia da cui provengo anch'io... ( )
  TheAuntie | Aug 23, 2012 |
While it’s easy to get lost amid the branches of the voluminous family tree (thankfully, Venezia supplies a diagram), the storytelling, as translated by Marina Harss, is enchanting — imbued with sentiment without being sentimental.
 
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In a tiny, ancient Italian hill town, where the land gives little and money and food are scarce, Don Francesco Falcone is a man to be reckoned with: rich, powerful, restless, intransigent. When he meets another force of nature, Concetta, a penniless but indestructible farmworker, the stage is set for the creation of an exceptional family: generations of strong, complicated boys and, especially, girls. The battles among them are many as they live through historical upheaval and private passions. Their stories are told by Gioia, the last of the line, a woman of our times who fights tirelessly against convention. She is the product of a family of memorable women who know how to survive, and also how to make something fantastical and rich out of their lives: with their hands they create delicate and complex embroideries, while their minds embroider endless, elaborate stories. In this sweeping, unforgettable novel, Mariolina Venezia portrays five generations of the Falcone family. Through their complicated, funny, tragic, and astonishing stories, Venezia also recounts a century and a half of Italy's tumultuous history.Been Here a Thousand Yearsis a testament to the Falcone family, and also to the vibrant, irrational, irresistible country that produced it.

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