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Domhnall
Domhnall rated it 2 years ago
Very clever and amusing - which is necessary (at least desirable) but not sufficient. Too good not to read and want to read more. Highly recommended. But I have not yet found anything especially meaningful for me. Maybe that is about me or my current mood. I have picked this up and put it down qui...
Domhnall
Domhnall rated it 2 years ago
Very clever and amusing - which is necessary (at least desirable) but not sufficient. Too good not to read and want to read more. Highly recommended. But I have not yet found anything especially meaningful for me. Maybe that is about me or my current mood. I have picked this up and put it down qui...
Domhnall
Domhnall rated it 5 years ago
The title of this novel is a spoiler and the rest of the plot is adequately summarised on the back cover, so expect few surprises and you will not be disappointed. The task of this novel, then, is to provide a believable account that matches the plot outline. In the event, this is accomplished with ...
wjmcomposer
wjmcomposer rated it 5 years ago
The world informs me,like a distracted conductortoo busy to answer my questionif this is the right stop,that this isn't the book of his I should read.'This is what they had,' I say.Before I can explain how I liked itbut didn't love it,They turn their back, and I'm left to ponder the rail map.I'd hav...
The Bookchemist
The Bookchemist rated it 6 years ago
Pirandello's most famous book brilliantly exposes weaknesses and strenghts of the Modern Man through a brilliant, entertaining story whose surreal nature weirdly makes it more realistic.Featured in my Top 5 20th Century Italian Novels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn6D59vg5aE
Stacia's books
Stacia's books rated it 6 years ago
3.5 starsThe style of the story makes me think of a domesticated form of a picaresque novel. What would you choose to do and who would you choose to be if you could walk away from your current life because everyone thought you were dead? Which life would be the "real" you? Would you choose to live l...
Lotus wild over sakura
Lotus wild over sakura rated it 9 years ago
R.I.P. Mattia Pascal.Mattia Pascal was a man born to endure adversities in every walk of life. He was a dutiful son who saw his family affluence ruined by a benefactor after his father’s death and his mother’s existence fading into rueful shadows. He was a concerned husband and a doting father even ...
SJane
SJane rated it 9 years ago
All in all this was a good collection, but I must admit to disappointment because I didn’t find it as rich or interesting as Tadic's previous collection in English, Night Mail: Selected Poems, also translated by Simic.In the introduction, Simic says that Tadic’s poems have become “less verbally intr...
SJane
SJane rated it 9 years ago
I have a little broom closet in my heart for Eastern European poetry that’s lit by a bare bulb, and the Serbians occupy the top shelf. This anthology is highly recommended: the poems are often dark, and more image- than language-driven, full of icons and other religious references, animal totems, ca...
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 10 years ago
Original, creative, intelligent, unexpected analogies and connections, unusual associations and metaphors. And way over my head at times. LOL.
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