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The joy of reading art
on 26 May 2015
This was not an easy book to read. The blending of Italian background history between the two world wars with more personal family affairs was a suitable frame upon which to build the body of the story. Individual insights into life and thought of the period was a compelling feature of the story, as was the erotic content - primarily the sexual orientation and relationships of the story's narrator.
Blending the historical narrative with passages of dialogues between characters was an unusual feature of the book. Though not always understood, the passages of written Italian was an apt aspect of the book.
This is a book that would certainly benefit from a second reading, but not before the elapse of a suitable period of time. I suspect that it contains more personal philosophy than is obvious at a first reading and that the "art of joy" requires the understanding that a second reading would provide.