The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi

The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi

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The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great as War and Peace is great. Though not well known in America, this is THE national Italian novel. In This book has something for everyone. It has an intriquing, suspenseful plotline. The core of it is a love story. It has alot of amazing characters(some real people, and all very truly realized) such as The Nun of Monza and the despotic tyrant known only as 'the Unnamed'. Alot of important and interesting subjects are interwoven along the way: History, international politics, religion, science, etc, etc. Although sometimes very serious, Manzoni presents the events in a very creative and often very humorous way. Frankly, Manzoni is a better author than any British or American writer I can think of. While his style is like Dickens meets Tolstoy, he wrote it before either of those men were published. While the book is profound, it also serves as a beautiful travelogue of Northern Italy. Trust me, you'll love this book, whoever you are. Just read it!
LawrenceF More than 1 year ago
As an American I have to agree that Manzoni's masterpiece is one of the greatest novels of all-time. The witty and intelligent use of syntax,, sentence structure and the keen choice of colorful words bring to life one of the most extraordinary stories ever told. The characters are vividly describe with compelling prose that makes reading this historic and important novel an adventurous experience. Don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is for us Italians what Shakespeare is for the English: we study it at school, many end hating it, and it sounds funny in other languages. Despite its witticism and intriguing plot, and the fact I love it very much, I'd never recommend it to a foreigner: the fact is that Italian XVIII century novel doesn't mean much, and it's mostly an imitation of foreign romantic novel, in this case the English one. If you feel for some XVIII century original Italian art, get some Verdi. If you want to read a strong and more universal romantic novel you have plenty to choose.