Arturo's island : a novel

by Elsa Morante

Other authorsAnn Goldstein (Translator.)
Hardcover, 2019




New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2019]


"Follows the adolescent Arturo through his days on the isolated Neapolitan island of Procida, where -- his mother long deceased, his father often absent, and a dog as his sole companion -- he roams the countryside and the beaches or reads in his family's lonely, dilapidated mansion. This quiet, meandering existence is upended when his father brings home a beautiful sixteen-year-old bride, Nunziatella"--

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LibraryThing member claraoscura
A beautiful book, wholeheartedly recommended. It's very well written, full of poetry and adventure.
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
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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 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.



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