- Paperback: 405 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books (1 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English, Italian
- ISBN-10: 1841957747
- ISBN-13: 978-1841957746
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,861,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Steal You Away Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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"Another powerful story about the loss of childhood innocence in small-town Italy from Rome-born author Ammaniti - who wrote the highly acclaimed I'm Not Scared." (Financial Times)
"Niccolò Ammaniti's second novel, Steal You Away, published in Italy in 1999, is also about a boy faced with difficult moral choices that will define his future. It traces the path to Ammaniti's follow-up, I'm Not Scared, the global bestseller that became a hit film in 2003. In the end, we get two heart-wrenching love stories for the price of one. This young storyteller exercises the confidence, honesty and sensibility of a master without spilling a drop of sweat." (The Times)
"Again Ammaniti uncovers the tragedy in ordinary people's lives - the awful gap between dream and reality - and skewers it to the page with such elegance that you cannot tear yourself away from the inexorable trajectory of ruin." (The Big Issue)
"Ammaniti...has the gift of authority combined with an instinctive understanding of how his characters will behave in every circumstance...Protracted and entertaining, it is also intensely moving at its accelerated conclusion....This is a Brueghel, a canvas...each character's pathway affecting the poise of the whole spun web, the very weightlessness of which gives the book what Milan Kundera calls the unbearable lightness of being." (Tom Adair) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
One sweltering summer, in a forgotten corner of Italy, two very different lives collide.
Pietro is eleven years old. His father is alcoholic, his mother mentally disturbed, and he dreams of running away. But before he can leave, a weary traveller arrives in town. This aging Casanova has a penchant for young women and flamenco. Life in Ischiano Scalo will never be the same again . . .
'Ammaniti is not only a master storyteller but has a very nice line in sly humour as well . . . Forget Lucca, Siena and Cortona. You'd be crazy not to visit Ischiano Scalo.'
Michael Dibdin, Guardian
'Exuberant and audacious.'
'You're a long way from tourist Italy with these lowlifes and deadbeats . . . their stories converge to a devastating climax, one that is entirely unexpected.'
Independent on Sunday
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this. I did enjoy I'm not Scared (his first novel) and there is a flavour of that novel that is shared with this, but this book has an altogether broader scope.
If you can picture it, a small town in Italy, too far from the coast, and too near the main road to Rome. Who ends up there? Well exactly! This book plots the lives of a handfull of it's inhabitants, giving just enough history of most of the characters for them to have enough substance and reality, some more than others. Along the way, there is a lot of despair, some hope, and some black humour. It's sharp, smart, and a bit dark, but not without some tenderness and the odd heartfelt moment, and it gathers momentum towards for me, an unexpected climax.
I like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a truly wonderful book. It took me a while to get into it, but one I did I absolutely loved it. My complaint is with the utterly shocking quality of the Kindle edition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Booklady
Like other reviewers, I also read this a couple of years ago, and have never forgotten it. Interweaving the truly comic (there are some great laugh out loud moments) Gypsy Kinds... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joolz
This book is really good. It's funny, gripping, tragic and atmospheric. Best I've read this year! The main characters are great and you never know where the twists and turns are... Read morePublished on 15 April 2010 by Ms. N. M. Jennings
I have to spread the Ammaniti love. If you like this, try Branchie (Gills) & Fango (Mud) if they're available in translation. Read morePublished on 30 July 2008 by Katipistol