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The Story of San Michele
     

The Story of San Michele

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by Axel Munthe
 

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This 'dream-laden and spooked? (Marina Warner, London Review of Books) story is to many one of the best-loved books of the twentieth century. Munthe spent many years working as a doctor in Southern Italy, labouring unstintingly during typhus, cholera and earthquake disasters. It was during this period that he came across the ruined Tiberian villa of San Michele,

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This 'dream-laden and spooked? (Marina Warner, London Review of Books) story is to many one of the best-loved books of the twentieth century. Munthe spent many years working as a doctor in Southern Italy, labouring unstintingly during typhus, cholera and earthquake disasters. It was during this period that he came across the ruined Tiberian villa of San Michele, perched high above the glittering Bay of Naples on Capri. With the help of Mastro Nicola and his three sons, and with only a charcoal sketch roughly drawn on a garden wall to guide them, Munthe devoted himself to rebuilding the house and chapel. Over five long summers they toiled under a sapphire-blue sky, their mad-cap project leading them to buried skeletons and ancient coins, and to hilarious encounters with a rich cast of vividly-drawn villagers. The Story of San Michele reverberates with the mesmerising hum of a long, hot Italian summer. Peopled with unforgettable characters, it is as brilliantly enjoyable and readable today as it was upon first publication. The book quickly became an international bestseller and has now been translated into more than 30 languages; it is today an established classic, and sales number in the millions.

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Library Journal
Munthe was a true Renaissance man a scientist and doctor as well as a poet who was a friend of Henry James, Somerset Maugham, and others. In this 1929 volume, he offers an account of San Michele, a house he built on the site of Roman emperor Tiberius's villa on the Isle of Capri off Italy's southern coast. His weaving of the story of the house with Italian history, mythology, and culture is reminiscent of 18th- and 19th-century travelogs. This book was a smash in several languages for many years. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848545267
Publisher:
Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
10/10/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
449 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Sweden in 1857, Axel Munthe trained to be a doctor in Paris at a precociously early age, establishing a fashionable practice (Maupassant and Strindberg were his patients) and quickly gaining an international reputation. He became the friend of royalty; Tsar Nicholas asked him to look after his son - Rasputin was their second choice.

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The Story of San Michele 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was once a world wide best seller about a doctor who treated the poor in times of some of the most harrowing epidemics of the last century, in Italy, and France and Sweden, and his building of a villa in Capri, in southern Italy. It is full of wisdom, fables and medical history. Very uplifting, his villa is still one of the main tourist attractions on the isle of Capri. I strongly recommend it for italophiles; it also seems to anticipate some of the wisdom of "new age" but in a much more sincere way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Axel Munthe's writing is breathtaking. He conveys his pleasant and horrific experiences with powerful, yet subtle language. This book is a collection of memories that paints a realistic, poignant picture of Munthe's world and challenges the reader to make her own conclusions about life.