Andrea Pontiroli

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (77 of 89)
Location: Rome, Italy


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,990,016 - Total Helpful Votes: 77 of 89
Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Baldwin
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, and painful, 25 May 2007
This is an excellent novel, I could not put it down, in spite of the fact that, knowing that it would all go terribly bad, I was always scared of what could happen. It is a sad story, and yet so true, in the way it portrays a city, a historical period, and the realisation (and denial) of one's homosexuality. Yes, the main character is a coward, and yet Baldwin does not push the reader into hating him. We don't like him, we would not behave like him, still we can understand.
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, and sad, 19 May 2006
I enormously enjoyed this novel, the way it's written, the subjects it addresses, its characters (some are unforgettable, and they are all splendidly vivid), and its plot, whose holes just add to the beauty of it. And, very captivating indeed.

Excellent (a bit sad, though...)
Croatia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by Jeanne Oliver
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I always relied on Lonely Planet Guides... but this guide on Croatia is really bad! The author sent me many times to horrible places describing them as interesting, fascinating, charming... sent me to towns on the coast literally packed with thousands of noisy tourists, sent me to eat in bad restaurants, sent me to a SPA that ranks among the most squalids places I have ever seen. I believe Lonely Planet should aim at a very high standard, and it is not necessary to cover all the countries in the world if you don't have anything useful to say about those!