Literary reviews by Tim Love.
Warning: Rather than reviews, these are often notes in preparation for reviews that were never finished, or pleas for help with understanding pieces. See Litref Reviews - a rationale for details.

Thursday, 26 February 2004

"I promessi sposi" by Alessandro Manzoni (Mondadori, 1990 - first published c.1840)

this might take a while ... Finished on June 3rd, 2007. Liked it. It's interesting that there's a lot of history (with academic footnotes. The reader is invited to skip the 2 densest chapters), and that readers are invited several times to use their imagination rather than read a description. The irony and typecasting's a bit heavy, but it makes internal patterning easier - e.g. the rich parallelisation in chapter 27 is only possible if the symbolism's clear.

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