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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 ...
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.
Posted March 11, 2013
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.
Posted December 20, 2012
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.
Posted December 8, 2012
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.
Posted October 28, 2012
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