As God Commandsby Niccolo Ammaniti
From the internationally best-selling author of I’m Not Scared comes a dizzying and compulsively readable novel set in a moribund town in industrial Italy, where a father and son contend with a hostile world and their own inner demons. The economically depressed village of Varrano, where Cristiano Zena lives with his hard-drinking, out-of-work father,/i>
From the internationally best-selling author of I’m Not Scared comes a dizzying and compulsively readable novel set in a moribund town in industrial Italy, where a father and son contend with a hostile world and their own inner demons. The economically depressed village of Varrano, where Cristiano Zena lives with his hard-drinking, out-of-work father, Rino, is a world away from the picturesque towns of travel-brochure Italy. When Rino and his rough-edged cronies Danilo and Quattro Formaggi come up with a plan to reverse all their fortunes, Cristiano wonders if maybe their lives are poised for deliverance after all. But the plan goes horribly awry. On a night of apocalyptic weather, each character will act in a way that will have irreversible consequences for themselves and others, and Cristiano will find his life changed forever, and not in the way he had hoped. Gritty and relentless, As God Commands moves at breakneck speed, blending brutal violence, dark humor, and surprising tenderness. With clear-eyed affection, Niccolò Ammaniti introduces a cast of unforgettable characters trapped at the crossroads of hope and despair.
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Meet the Author
Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories. He won the prestigious Italian Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Fiction with his bestselling novel I’m Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages and became a prize-winning film. His next novel, I'll Steal You Away, was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Crossroads received the Premio Strega Prize, Italy’s equivalent of the Booker, in 2007.
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Very dark, desperate characters trying to make their own beauty in the world...in their own (sometimes very twisted) way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down at times. The author was quite successful in creating characters one would not usually care about and made them very interesting and cared for...IDENTIFIABLE. Couldn't find a flaw as I read. Great wrap-up and conclusion too.
If you like complicated anguished characters this is the book for you. The four main characters have terrible lifes so maybe that is what makes you like them and feel sorry for them. It is a great book. I recommend it highly to fiction lovers. Once you start reading it you can't wait to see what happens but at the same time you don't want it to end.
It is an amazing history with great characters and original style. It is my first book of Ammaniti and I really enjoyed it.
A few errors in the "translation" which were a bit irritating but overall, I loved this book. The characters were very real and believable. The character development took about a third of the book and make it a tad slow to really get going but when it did.... it grabbed you hook, line and sinker. Do NOT READ THE LAST PAGE FIRST!!!!!