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A fable for children and adults: a story of life, death, and terrorism?in the grand tradition of Exupe?ry?s The Little Prince
When we first meet 93-year-old millionaire Baron Lamberto, he has been diagnosed with 24 life-threatening ailments?one for each of the 24 banks he owns. But when he takes the advice of an Egyptian mystic and hires servants to chant his name over and over again, he seems to not only get...
A fable for children and adults: a story of life, death, and terrorism—in the grand tradition of Exupéry’s The Little Prince
When we first meet 93-year-old millionaire Baron Lamberto, he has been diagnosed with 24 life-threatening ailments—one for each of the 24 banks he owns. But when he takes the advice of an Egyptian mystic and hires servants to chant his name over and over again, he seems to not only get better, but younger.
Except then a terrorist group lays siege to his island villa, his team of bank managers has to be bussed in to help with the ransom negotiations, and a media spectacle breaks out . . .
A hilarious and strangely moving tale that seems ripped from the headlines—although actually written during the time the Red Brigades were terrorizing Italy—Gianni Rodari’s Lamberto, Lamberto, Lamberto has become one of Italy’s most beloved fables. Never before translated into English, the novel is a reminder, as Rodari writes, that “there are things that only happen in fairytales.”
"Making a comedy out of a terrorist kidnapping is tricky stuff, but this book for both children and adults is a daring highwire act that works. In the shocking tradition of Roald Dahl, this hilarious Italian fairytale is peppered with scuba diving suits, submachine guns and custom sports cars. At times antic with goofy buffoonery, at times grisly with uncomfortable realism—Rodari has a sense of comedy that smacks of the Marx Brothers, but with a darker, post 9/11 edge more in keeping with the grimmer satires of South Park." —Shelf Awareness
"If Roald Dahl had rewritten The Picture of Dorian Gray to include a gang of 24 bandits and a giant balloon, the result might have been Rodari's wonderfully improbable novel..." —Publishers Weekly
"Lamberto belongs to that family of comic writing that glories in the full spectrum of the absurd." —LA Review of Books
"If you are looking for a book that transports you, that contains details you will return to for years to come, and that you may, someday, give to your children, it’s this one." —The Lit Pub
"Stuffed with amusing characters and off-the-wall events, Lamberto, Lamberto, Lamberto evokes a texturally rich setting that skillfully weaves together satire and fantasy. You’d be hard-pressed not to enjoy this young adult fairy tale from Italy." —Fiction Advocate
"Making a comedy out of a terrorist kidnapping is tricky stuff, but this book for both children and adults is a daring high-wire act that works." —Nick DiMartino, Shelf Awareness
"It may seem like grisly stuff for a children’s book, but Rodari mixes magic with terrorists and tabloids and manages to come out with something altogether wonderful, and sure to please young and old alike." —Flavorwire's 10 New Must-Reads for December
"Give yourself up to this insightful tour guide, and you might just find yourself confronting the absurdities of your own life." —New York Journal of Books
"Rodari's story is, to say the least, unpredictable..." —The Complete Review
"Absurdities abound but never overwhelm, this is satire of the highest order." —Largehearted Boy
"Hilarity ensues in a story that retains the wonder and delight of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth or Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince." —Barnes and Noble (Long List pick)
Posted January 19, 2012
I'm not sure how the other reviewer, whoever he or she is, could just click three stars and walk away, just like that.
This book is a pure delight, a quirky and fun read throughout. I was telling my mom about this book and the phrase that came to mind was "Italian Charles Portis." And if you've ever read a Portis book, you're probably clicking "Buy" right now.
Get a sample of the book and if you like the first chapter, I guarantee beyond the shadow of a doubt that you'll love all of it. I bought it after having chuckled at the first few sentences, and the tone is maintained throughout.
I just couldn't say enough about this book. I started reading it again the very same day I finished it.
Posted December 27, 2011
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