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An Italian Obsession

An Italian Obsession

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by Kfir Luzzatto

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In the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever.

It's the 1970's, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He


In the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever.

It's the 1970's, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn't sure he committed it.

A vivid snapshot of European post-war society, this novel is viewed through the eyes of a young adult coming of age.

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Pine Ten, LLC
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Meet the Author

Kfir Luzzatto was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.

Kfir has published extensively in the professional and general press over the years. For almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel's financial newspaper). His non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, was published in 2002 by Globes Press. He is the author of several short stories but now mostly writes full-length fiction. Kfir is an HWA (Horror Writers Association) and ITW (International Thriller Writers) member and also serves on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor.

You can visit Kfir's web site and read his blog at www.kfirluzzatto.com. Follow him on Twitter (@KfirLuzzatto).

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An Italian Obsession 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kfir has truly written a remarkable love story here, yet he has also thrown a few other various angles at us to keep us enthralled until the very last page. I say this because the main character will one moment have you cheering for him, and another moment you are just in total disbelief at something he does. While he isn't exactly the most likable of characters once you really get to know him, you are kind of able to feel for him, because of the things you learn about him and his childhood as you read the book. I think the readers definitely walk away with the feeling that they have perhaps relearned an important lesson....that being that your past will always catch up with you, one way or another. Roberto, a young Italian man comes of age throughout this story; unfortunately being that it takes place in the 70's, we know that it was an era filled with ample crime, sex and drugs. In grade school, Roberto meets who he is soon to realize will become the love of his life, and I do mean that literally. It seems as if everything Roberto does throughout this whole book is because of his love for this seemingly unobtainable girl, Cassandra, and I do mean....with his actions, sometimes clearly he is not thinking of anyone else BUT Cassandra. So they meet in grade school and are separated and then they again meet up in later years and become pretty seriously involved, once at a weekend party, but because of certain things that happen that weekend, they are once again separated....only to meet up again once more later in the story. I know this sounds sort of confusing, but they are reunited a total of three times throughout the story. But first, Roberto will find himself in trouble with the law and sent away to boarding school by his Father. While at boarding school, his parents and brother come for a visit, only to be killed in an accident on their way home. This accident leaves Roberto with the only family he has left...his Uncle, and begins working in his Uncle's shop with him.  This story will take you through many twists and turns and reveal big surprises, but because I don't like to be a spoiler, I don't want to say much more. I will say that this is a book that once you have picked up, you most likely won't be putting back down until you've finished every last page. I really enjoyed this book, and while it was the first I've read from this author, I'm very certain that it won't be the last.  ¿ I gave this book 4 stars, all in all....a great read. ¿
JennyLaube More than 1 year ago
This is a different kind of novel from Kfir Luzzatto. Having read many others by him, I enjoyed this one even more than the others and this shows the versality in his writing style.  This is a love story.  Roberto fell in love with Alessandra the moment he laid eyes on her briefly in their 5th grade choir class.  There was just something about her -until then he had no real interest in girls.  But this girl was different.  She was all he could think about.  As fate would have it, their paths crossed again at a mutual friends weekend get together (not as successfully as Roberto would have liked), only to lose touch with her when the weekend was over.  Finally, they go out a short time later and a deep unforgettable romance blossomed between the two.  Then, a foolish mistake tears them apart for years.  Roberto never loses sight of his one true love but continues to make poor decision after poor decision.  But true love surely must win in the end, right?  This is one off those novels that sucks you right into the story.  I was drawn in from the very first page and didn't put it down until i finished all 244 pages.  So beautifully written, so smooth, almost as if it  was written as a true memoir and not a work of fiction.  I am not a fan of love stories, but this was so much more than an average love story.  Beautiful, tragic, and sad at the same time.  This book is definitely a great read.  I highly recommend giving this one a try.   5 out of 5 stars ***DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST opinion.  I do not profit from this in any way.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've ever read by Mr. Luzzatto and I'm liking what I'm reading. A great coming of age novel filled with young love. With great depth and some darkness within the plot, "An Italian Obsession" has plenty of meaning within it's pages. A must read for all. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It is set in a rougher time and place, where parents did the tough things. I love how we get to see Roberto develop. I kind of wanted to see those hidden years between things, like the end and what happens before it (no spoilers here). Roberto is part monster and human, but all around self-conflicted. Which makes reading his story interesting to say the least. Whether you'd agree with his choice or not, you are forced by some unseen hand to read of and explore what new avenue the poor kid will choose to walk down. Being a parent, but also remembering my youth, I can relate with both sides of the line. The "well, it seemed like a good idea at the time," and the "what the hell were you thinking?" I recommend this book for that like to read things that may be fiction but are a little realer.
AilynK More than 1 year ago
A great come of age story about a young man growing up trying to avoid the lures of drugs, sex and female sex.  Roberto Lucci got into a massive trouble, and it is only just beginning.  Kfir Luzzatto creates wonderful characters that are full of life and personality. The book is crammed with different people with interesting backgrounds and nuances, and how Roberto has to deal with paedophiles, cold and distant parents, a nice uncle etc. etc. The story turns dark when Roberto commits a serious crime, which plays a role as the main plot of the book. His way to deal with the crime, his cover ups and excuses make you wonder if he is the hero, or the villain of the story. As the protagonist, it is hard not to side with him, but you would think twice before doing it, or not at all. Better still, this book is short and concise, Luzzatto does not really waste words, but still manages to describe the comes and goings effectively. It makes the story quick, easy to understand yet compelling enough to hold your attention for a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago