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on 16 April 2017
Wonderful! I'm about 150 pages in, but I can't wait any longer to tell you -- Take it from me, this is a wonderful biography of a bizarre man, a real one-off. As enthralling and engrossing as any novel. And very informative about the context in Italy and the rise in Fascism.
Surprised there are not more reviews! And at the moment, on Kindle, a real bargain (which is how I came to buy it). Totally recommended.
Update April 24th. I have just finished this book. 600 pages later.... It is a really wonderful biography, an enormous amount of material organised into a very readable and interesting narrative. D'Annunzio was utterly bizarre - you wouldn't believe in his very existence if it wasn't supported by the evidence of research. An archetypal fascist, utterly contrary at different periods, very eloquent but talking utter nonsense about the importance of shedding blood (lots of blood!), clearly brilliant but often spouting complete b*llshit, Obsessed with sex and (latterly) drugs. By the end of the book the story has segued into the rise of Mussolini, in some ways a D'Annunzio-lite.
This is a book for anyone with an interest in history (or a warning from history), ideology, or indeed the outer extremes of human nature. I do find it difficult to understand the esteem in which he was held - his sexual success, the way he was revered -- given how unpleasant and narcissistic he was, linking his personal fortunes to the destiny of Italy, and talking about himself as if he was shrouded in myth. Perhaps he was....
Do read this book! The current Kindle ebook price is a steal....