Arturo's island : a novel

by Elsa Morante

Other authorsAnn Goldstein (Translator.)
Hardcover, 2019





New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2019]


A moving Italian coming-of-age classic in a new translation by Ann Goldstein, celebrated translator of Elena Ferrante.

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LibraryThing member Miguelnunonave
A great book about growing up on a small poor island community in southern Italy. Very human, very well written. How boundless the human spirit can be even within a confined territorial space.
LibraryThing member arubabookwoman
On the island of Procida off the coast of Naples, 14 year old Arturo leads an Edenic existence. His mother died when he is born, and his father disappears onto the mainland for weeks, sometimes months at a time, leaving Arturo free to explore the wonders of his island, coming and going as he pleases. Until the day his father steps off the ferry with a new wife and step-mother for Arturo, that is. Nunziata is just a couple of years older than Arturo, and with her arrival his world is up-ended.

This is basically an unusual and enchanting coming of age novel, as Arturo must learn to navigate his way to maturity.
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LibraryThing member claraoscura
A beautiful book, wholeheartedly recommended. It's very well written, full of poetry and adventure.



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