That Awful Mess on via Merulana Paperback – 15 Jul 1984
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" The experimental masterpiece modern Italian literature has long been awaiting.... There is a kinship to Joyce, especially in Gadda's inspired outbursts of comic invective, his ferocious Romantic humor." -- "The New York Times"
"The experimental masterpiece modern Italian literature has long been awaiting.... There is a kinship to Joyce, especially in Gadda's inspired outbursts of comic invective, his ferocious Romantic humor." --"The New York Times "
The experimental masterpiece modern Italian literature has long been awaiting. There is a kinship to Joyce, especially in Gadda s inspired outbursts of comic invective, his ferocious Romantic humor. "The New York Times "" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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'A brilliant, sarcastic appraisal of life in Italy, told in swift-paced prose -a murder mystery intermingled with witty observations and telling phrases that cut through to the bone of the Italian people.' -Newsday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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the book is a brilliant, joycean, evocation of the life of romans in the twenties; especially of humble romans. sometimes his descriptions remind one of dickens, sometimes of dostoevsky. he conveys this in the original by an effortless switch between demotic roman dialect and formal, educated italian; weavers translation wisely doesnt attempt to mimic this, so the reader loses out who cannot read the original. but the power of his writing is still apparent even to us anglophone readers.
The plot is often interrupted by lengthy descriptions. But those descriptions, which might seem pointless at a superficial reading, are the plot itself. In the novel, if you read it carefully, you are even told who really killed the rich signora of Via Merulana (btw, a street which really exists in Rome, though at n. 219 there is a shop, not a block of flats). But everything is shown obliquely, indirectly, through allusions and hints that you may easily miss on a hurried reading. I'd say that this is a novel that unfolds reading after reading--just like all real masterpieces.Read more ›
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Unfortunately I couldn't finish this. Perhaps it really needs to be read in Italian. I could still see, however, that it contains strands of extraordinary brilliance. (eg. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Polly Walshe
If only it were finished..
Disjointed: somewhat. Confusing: often. Worth it: certainly. So much more than a procedural, an entertaining if slightly maddening romp... Read more
This was a choice for our crime club reading group. Hard work unless you are a big James Joyce fan are fond of micro description or really enjoy exceedingly long sentences. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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... Read more