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1.0 out of 5 stars victorian writing!!, 7 Oct. 2011
This review is from: That Awful Mess On The Via Merulana (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)
or why use a sentence when a paragraph will do!!Sorry but i got to page 190 and put it away

Maybe some may view it as a masterpiece but i found it very heavy going and the style irritating.Using both the surnames or christian names (and of course italian)confuses and the wanderings and over descriptive style really do not make comfortable reading

try andrea camilleri for light reading or Leonardo Sciascia if you want good italian crime
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2012 19:17:31 BDT
Gadda is well known as a difficult writer - even for native speakers. He is the Italian equivalent of James Joyce, so I'm not surprised that you found this tough going. However, one thing I shuld point out. This novel wasn't intended to be a detective story as such; it was a means of exploring the fascist era, so it's unfair to make a comparison with Sciascia, although I admit that 'Il Giorno della Civetta' (The Day of the Owl) is a fantastic novel and much easier to read.
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