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Prince of the Clouds Paperback – 20 May 2002
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‘As intoxicating as a glass of fine Italian wine…Set in Sicily, it is so evocative you can almost smell the scent of olives, and love, in the air. But Riotta’s novel is not just two love stories – it also contains one of the most thrilling battle sequences I’ve read in years, a fitting climax to a story so touching it fills my heart with pleasure just to write about it.’ Daily Mail
‘As romantic as Doctor Zhivago, as colourful as García Márquez, Gianni Riotta writes with the vigour of a lover and the crisp knowledge of an academic…If only historians wrote like Riotta.’ Observer
‘A splendidly conceived entertainment delivered with style and wit.’ Independent
‘An entertainment proper for the thinking person…it works for Umberto Eco, it works for Indiana Jones, and now it works for Riotta: the rip-roaring romance with the scholarly plot.’ Michael Pye, New York Times
‘Even more enchanting than Louis de Bernieres’s “Captain Correlli's Mandolin”, Riotta’s novel is a revelation.’ Daily Mail
From the Publisher
'Riotta is as romantic as Pasternak, as colourful and densely plotted as García Márquez. The nature and scale of the story are so grand, so classically elegant, it is with a jolt one remembers that the tale is set in the twentieth century. Few writers dare, or succeed, in such territory, and still fewer make the subject of war so readable.' Nicola McAllister, Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
I'm only reviewing it because Amazon requires a review to dismiss items from my items to review list and it's getting cluttered with things that don't really need to be reviewed but there is no other way to dismiss them. I did ask if they could add a feature to remove irrelevant items but they don't seem to want to go down that route. I've just spent hours reviewing items and a number of them are relatively pointless ones like this. :(
It is a wonderful tale set in post-war Siciliy - a love story but so much more. The main character Colonel Terzo is a military historian and I loved learning about the great battles in history, the brave generals and the philosophy behind them.
If you've loved The Leopard, Captain Corelli, Dr Zhivago then this is the book for you.
I can't recommend this more highly - please, please read this.
This beautifully told and written (or translated?) story by Gianni Riotta had me spell-bound from the first to last page. It is populated by colourful and well-delineated characters who linger in the brain long after you have put the book down. I never thought that a novel which spends so much time describing battle strategies could be so engrossing, but Riotta manages to pull it off because he makes it concise and to-the-point, (there are no longueurs in the book) and makes it a key element to both the character of Colonel Carlo Terzo and to the plot. This is a superb book. Read it and enjoy. I can't wait for Riotta's second novel.
It is a book about a military historian, who fears that he has spent his whole life studying and never doing anything important. However, he is able to use his military history knowledge to help in ways he does not expect.
It’s a love story, but also great for those who enjoy military history. I enjoy reading military history, and pour over the maps so I can understand field positions strategies etc. I learned about some interesting battles in this book. It’s well written, and brings together so many themes and ideas.
The hero has devoted his life to the study of military strategy. Even if you take the mind-numbing tedium of that sentence and multiply it by a hundred, you could never get a hint of just how boring this book is.
I despise the premise of this story - that war is romantic, heroic and interesting. In fact, as the book so clearly demonstrates, war is banal, barbaric and pointless.
I'm not even going to take this book to a charity shop because the kindest thing I can do for the world is to dump it in the rubbish. That way, I will have done my bit to ensure that no-one else spends any precious hours reading this tosh.