This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Advice for Italian Boys by Anne Giardini

Advice for Italian Boys (2009)

by Anne Giardini

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
252649,265 (2.86)5
Nicola Pavone, a middle child in an Italian-Canadian family, is trying to find his path in life--if only he knew how. It seems everyone--from his dad to his gym clients--is giving him advice. The one person that thinks they know what he wants is his nonna, Filomena, who believes she has all the answers to what each member of the family wants.… (more)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 5 mentions

Showing 2 of 2
In this novel, Giardini captures Italian culture abroad: what does it mean to grow up in an Italian family, what are its cultural differences and linguistic particularities. I loved Nonna's proverbi, the great care in detail from smells and tastes to clothes and attitudes and the description of the lives of the characters.
Unfortunately, the novel itself has a weak plot and no structure. Nicolo, the main character, does not give an impression of growing. While he is comfortable with his Italian identity, he has no desire to go back to his roots. The story focuses in and out of him, so it's difficult to keep track of his progress. Finally, information - of his sexuality for example - creeps out of nowhere, leaving the reader to wonder why it is suddenly such an issue.

A nice novel to read to get a feel for Italian culture, but not one that will make you think. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Nov 21, 2009 |
A lovely book with interesting characters, an engaging story, and a satisfying ending. Full review: http://www.canadianauthors.net/g/giardini_anne/advice_for_italian_boys.php ( )
  ripleyy | Apr 24, 2009 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
A fantasia 'i l'omu esti chhjù povara assai d' 'a verità
Imagination is only the poor relative of truth
For my husband
First words
"Itruoni 'e marzu risbìglianu i cursùni," Nicolo's nonna often said to him.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (2.86)
2 3
3 2
4 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 138,923,543 books! | Top bar: Always visible