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on 6 February 2015
Laugh out loud funny but yet wonderfully informative about the rise of fascism in pre-war Italy. One of the best biographies in years.
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on 29 June 2017
very good condition
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on 25 April 2016
Overlong but compelling biography of a fascinatingly hideous man. I knew little or nothing about the subject before reading this, but it makes me want to read some of his fiction. Imagine an Oscar Wilde-type decadent literary aesthete who morphs into Hitler. Gob-smackingly arrogant, maddeningly childish and irresponsible, a debt-riddled serial adulterer, and yet capable of works of high art and depth of feeling.
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on 10 January 2014
Be warned - as the author admits in her introduction she uses techniques that are found in fiction instead of sticking to tried and tested styles that biographers use. Two of her methods stand out. The chapters are not in chronological order so one is left clutching at thin air when thinking about the motives behind her hero's actions. Secondly, some of the sections in the book are written in the historic present. This is a technique that is fashionable amongst authors at the moment. It assumes a level of intelligence in the reader round about that of an infant for that is how children's authors write. The very young do not grasp future or past tenses very readily so that is excusable. This style is used to give an impression of immediacy such as in poor historical reenactments on television when it really only sounds as if the ill-educated are discussing what happened this afternoon. The real context has been utterly lost. Come on authors, you can do better than that!
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on 21 December 2014
A proper pantomime villain. The tragic thing is all his theatrically violent escapades are real. He tainted everyone he came into contact with. His mistresses seem to suffer the most but he also seems to be responsible for sending millions of Italian men to their deaths in the First World War. he was also the prototype for all 20th century dictators. He was, indeed, the devil incarnate!
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on 9 April 2014
Huge areas of this infuriated me. I'm still trying to figure out if this is because the author tries to be clever or because D'Annunzio was such a deeply unpleasant person. She certainly gets that latter feeling over, plus a certain amount of sadness that he could not channel his undoubted talents (and bravery) in a better manner. A worthy prize winner.
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on 14 March 2014
A vile character described vividly. A thoroughly readable book which presents insights into a period of Italian (and wider European) history which doesn't usually receive much coverage beyond Mussolini. Couldn't put it down. Bought a second copy as a present and my friend, a much more academic type than me, also rated it very highly.
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on 2 February 2017
This book tells a great story about a very interesting but unpleasant person who was a great and important writer. What spoils the book is the whacky fragmented chapter order that jumps all over the place. This could have been a great book if a editor told the writer this sort of stunt is very boring and is just old hat. A great pity.
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on 23 February 2014
The Pike, Italy's forerunner to Mussolini, is depicted as a saviour, a romancer and an artist beyond compare. The book puts Italy's last couple of hundred years into perspective and is a vital educational tool for all of us whose knowledge of Italy and its neighbours is deficient, and that goes for most of the UK population.
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on 1 May 2014
GIVEN ITS SEVERAL AWARDS, THIS IS A WIDELY ACCLAIMED AND REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF BIOGRAPHY AT ITS BEST. THE SUBJECT IS THE MOST UNATTRACTIVE PERSON IN MANY WAYS, BUT HE LIVED HIS OWN LIFE TO THE FULL, AND PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN ITALIAN POLITICAL LIFE AT THE START OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, AS LH-H TELLS MOST ENGAGINGLY.
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