In a Glass House

by Nino Ricci | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0771074522 Global Overview for this book
Registered by annadvarna on 8/4/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by annadvarna on Wednesday, August 04, 2010
This sequel to the well-received The Book of Saints again follows the Innocente family, here having left Italy to settle in a Canadian farming community called Mersea on the shores of Lake Erie. Unlike the previous novel, however, this one has only mixed success. The tale is nicely wrought and lovingly written, but it suffers from a thin plot and a morass of self-analysis from its narrator, Vittorio. In 1961, when the novel opens, Vittorio is seven; he and his illegitimate half-sister, Rita, have joined Vittorio's moody father, a greenhouse keeper, who hates the infant Rita because she reminds him of his faithless wife. Vittorio hopes desperately to make a connection with his father, who only withdraws further, living at such a remove from his surroundings that he rarely speaks even to his children. Vittorio's attempts to connect elsewhere, either in Mersea's Italian community or in the surrounding Canadian culture, meet with rejection or misunderstanding. Yet he slowly navigates through the elements of his life, gaining perspective, finding a girlfriend, attending college and traveling to Africa. Rita finally escapes from the family with an awful ruse, better left unrevealed. In places, Ricci tells his tale beautifully, but he seems to have fallen under the spell of his own prose, which, like the protagonist, turns in upon itself a little too deeply.

Journal Entry 2 by vassilka at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I haven't read it yet...

Journal Entry 3 by vassilka at Playhouse Cafe in Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (1/9/2011 UTC) at Playhouse Cafe in Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece


I agree with Anna 100%! Obviously the author is talented, I was fascinated when I read the first pages BUT in the end I was glad when it was over...There was no particular plot, it was annoying the fact that there were always unspoken things, feelings that no one was talking about although he/she should, the wrong things were done... grrr!!!! The book left me with a sense that it was not complete.

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Saturday, July 30, 2011
i ll start reading soon!

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