Casa Rossa (2nd Copy)
12 journalers for this copy...
In Casa Rossa, Roman native Francesca Marciano tells a riveting tale of three generations of women whose separate acts of betrayal set the stage for later destruction. Renée, the grandmother, forsakes her artist husband and her life in rural Puglia at Casa Rossa, to live with a woman. Alba, her daughter, takes a lover and pushes her husband to suicide. Isabella and Alina, Alba's daughters, take extreme measures to keep each other out of their lives, leading to upheaval. Told through the voice of the youngest daughter, Alina, Casa Rossa weaves the selling and closure of the family estate with the family's sordid and unforgettable history. Spanning the 20th century and providing entrée into the not-so-incompatible worlds of Italian cinema and political terrorism, Marciano, author of Rules of the Wild, reveals an authenticity in the way this emotionally warped family comes to terms with its fragmented past. It's a fine, highly entertaining work, laced with lovely writing and emotionally resonant characters
It had an unusual twist to it. Certainly one of my favourites for 2005.
Anyway it is a novel......A crumbling farmhouse in Puglia. Casa Rossa was bought by Alina's grandfather and she is now telling the story across the generations as she prepares the house for sale. Set in 1920's to present day in Puglia, Roma, Paris and New York. A story of love and loss,secrets and lies, across the generations. See journal entry 1 for a full resume.
So far uptake surprisingly slow!
Thanks though to AnglersRest for making me aware of this book, much appreciated.
I would be most grateful if you would read this and get it sent on its way again within 2/3weeks if possible, Thanks. Hope you all enjoy and I look forward to reading the reviews.
1. Antheras Canada
2. Valentina1209 New York USA
3. Shpriz1 New York USA
4. Lpree Nebraska USA
5. Hetku77 Finland
6. iwanttobeinital UK
7. Maireen Italy
9.LindyLouMac Italy Home again after 14mths travelling
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Starting out on its travels, hope it arrives home again safely one day! Enjoy Antheras
Thank you for starting this ring and letting me read this first. I've sent a PM to Valentina1209 for an address.
This was an outstanding book. Some of it seemed very familiar to me, as though I might have read it, or an excerpt of it, before. Yet, there were parts of it that were definitely new to me. Regardless, as an Italian-American, I relished in the strong Italian flavors provided by this book. Simply wonderful!
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Thank you...Received it safe and sound...But, here is the weird part. This cover is identical to a different book. Check it out. And I thought I was seeing double. I wonder how this could have happened?
The book is on its way to lpree.
I finished this a couple of days ago and really enjoyed it. Most of the time, I felt like I was reading a nonfiction account. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a novel as it reminded me of some similar nonfiction books I've read. I found it interesting to see a little bit of perspective of ww2 from the italian side.
I will get this mailed out in the next few days. Thanks for sharing it!
9.11. It took a while before I got the chance to start reading this book and again another while before I managed to finish it. Life came in between :).
I liked the book, a lot. Now that I've finished it, I'm kind of lost what I could say why I liked it so much. In general I like these kind of family stories about several generations - how parents' decisions affect on children, how children see the previous generations and their lives and so on. Italian history aspect in this story was really interesting as well. Many tough subjects were handled in this story and the characters were really interesting and complicated, just like people are in real life.
21.11. Sent to iwanttobeinital. Sorry for the delay, but it was only partly caused by myself.
Will post review as soon as I'm finished - that won't be long!
It couldnt have arrived at a better time as we recently returned to England from Italy and I really needed an Italy fix!
There was a great bit in chapter 6 (P215) where Alina talks about returning to Rome after her spell in New York...here is the last bit
"And suddenly I saw that, just like everyone else, I had been shaped by the particular geography I had grown up in. In Rome every street ended in a curve, in a twist, in a cross, in a dead end. I saw that I'd grown up inside a labyrinth of amazing surprises. You never knew what was around the corner, you could never see sometimes very far ahead in a straight line. There was no north or south or east or west. Just this constant turning in a circle.
In the grid of Manhattan were predictable numbers and a cross of street, and you always knew exactly where you stood."
The book was very much about twists and turns, and the thing I liked about it the best was that (unlike many, many other books) there wasn't a sense of knowing what was coming next.
Thank you LindyLouMac for including me in this bookring!
I've requested an address from the next on the list so hopefully it will be on its way again very soon 8-))
April 25th: I am passing this title on to a friend who has recently become a Bookcrosser. I hope that she will enjoy and then keep it travelling in the sprit of Bookcrossing.
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My friend who has recently joined Bookcrossing has expressed an interest in this title. I would like to see this well travelled book continue to travel so am asking that future readers continue to ray it forward please to readers who will appreciate it. Thankyou.
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