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A wonderful tale of first love,
This review is from: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I was recommended this book as "the best book ever", and as usual on hearing such a comment, I was sceptical. But the brilliant lyricism and dreamy detail presented in Bassani's prose style quickly carried me away into its remarkable story.
Like all great books, being immersed is like watching a movie inside someone else's head. The protagonist is our narrator and hero and as his eyes are turned to the beautiful Micol, so are ours.
The descriptions of households, gardens and of places of worship are vivid, as are those of relationships with stubborn parents and stubborn lovers.
The world of the secret garden is a perfect arena for the painful joys of adolescence. And surely the tragedies from these times in people's lives are very rarely surpassed, even at the time in world history in which the book is set.