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The Little World of Don Camillo (1948)

by Giovannino Guareschi

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Series: Don Camillo (1)

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A humorous novel about the battles between a Communist mayor and a priest in an Italian village after World War II.
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Recuperato in biblioteca per caso, era stato un libro del mese che non ero riuscita a leggere all'epoca perché fuori stampa da un po'.

Una raccolta di racconti umoristici, che segue due famosi personaggi italiani che forse oggi stanno cadendo nel dimenticatoio, ma forse mi hanno fatto capire alcune cose del periodo in cui il libro è stato scritto, che non sempre il libro di storia riesce a spiegare.

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Libro del mese di Maggio 2017 ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
38 disegni di Guareschi
  vecchiopoggi | Jan 15, 2017 |
This is a marvel. I adore the characters, and I am amazed at the depth of the world which is created with very simple story telling. We never hear about what the characters are thinking, but through their actions, we know them. I laughed through many of the stories, but had forgotten how deadly serious the book becomes at the end. Guareschi was not writing to amuse, but it was his cover, and a good one.

Guareschi shows the ugly side of humanity, but right along side of that is the beauty of humanity in the very strained relationship of the Communist Mayor of the town, Peppone, and the priest of the town, Don Camillo. They butt heads and war on ideology, but when it comes right down to it, they look out for each other and the town they live in. I adore the conversations between the Christ on the crucifix and Don Camillo, and the relationship they have. ( )
1 vote MrsLee | Nov 9, 2014 |
Whimsical ( )
  Faradaydon | Jan 2, 2012 |
How can the rhetoric of communism and catholicism be aligned? To overcome the problems created by the abyss between the two different set of ideals is the task the author gives his two main characters, the communist leader and the catholic priest. From the fact that both the priest and the communist are quick to action, Guareschi´s comedy arises. A comedy that got Italy laughing at themselves at a critical time in their history - at a time when splitting tragedy easily could have flourished. And alignment? Is it possible to bridge an idological abyss? Well, it demands practical love and common sense for a start - but most of all, for the book to have the effect it had when first published, it is only possible when the author, as well as the readers - both communists and christians - have a keen sense of la divina comedia - and the ability to laugh at themselves, and cry, and laugh and.....

Even if both communists and christians are marginalised as players on the field today, the main issue remains - as well as Guareschi´s answer. ( )
1 vote Mikalina | Jul 21, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Giovannino Guareschiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dalma, AlfonsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GipiIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oldenburg Ermke, Frans vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, MicheleContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Don Camillo era uno di quei tipi che non hanno peli sulla lingua e, la volta che in paese era successo un sudicio pasticcio nel quale erano immischiati vecchi possidenti e ragazze, don Camilo durante la messa aveva cominciato un discorsetto generico e ammodino, poi a un bel momento, scorgendo proprio in prima fila uno degli scostumati, gli erano scappati i cavalli e, interroto il suo dire, aveva gettato un drappo sulla testa del Gesù Crocifisso dell'altar maggiore perché non sentisse e, piantandosi i pugni sui fianchi, aveva finito il discorso a modo suo, e tanto era tonante la voce che usciva dalla bocca di quell'omaccione, e tanto grosse le diceva, che il soffitto della chiesetta tremava.

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