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I got up at 5 this morning and my first thought was not getting back to sleep but finishing the book Well I ve done that and now I have that particular feeling of ending a good book, loving the book, the people, the words and at the same time feeling a void That feeling of not wanting to leave And that is it, I do not want to leave, I want to readeventhough Erri had warned and consoled me about this right in the story itselfWhen you get homesick, it s not something missing, it s some I got up at 5 this morning and my first thought was not getting back to sleep but finishing the book Well I ve done that and now I have that particular feeling of ending a good book, loving the book, the people, the words and at the same time feeling a void That feeling of not wanting to leave And that is it, I do not want to leave, I want to readeventhough Erri had warned and consoled me about this right in the story itselfWhen you get homesick, it s not something missing, it s something present, a visit People and places from far away arrive and keep you company for a while [[ Free E-pub ]] ⇸ مونته‌ دیدیو کوه خدا ⇯ This Is A Story Told By A Boy In His Thirteenth Year, Recorded In His Secret Diary His Life Is About To Change His World, About To OpenHe Lives In Montedidio God S Mountain A Cluster Of Alleys In The Heart Of Naples He Brings A Paycheck Home Every Saturday From Mast Errico S Carpentry Workshop Where He Sweeps The Floor He Is On His Way To Becoming A Man His Boy S Voice Is Abandoning Him His Wooden Boomerang Is Neither Toy Nor Tool, But Something In Between Then There Is Maria, The Thirteen Year Old Girl Who Lives Above Him And, Like So Many Girls, Is Wiser Than He She Carries The Burden Of A Secret Life Herself She Ll Speak To Him For The First Time This Summer There Is Also His Friendship With A Cobbler Named Rafaniello, A Jewish Refugee Who Has Escaped The Horrors Of The Holocaust, Who Has No Idea How Long He S Been On This Earth, And Who Is Said To Sprout Wings For A Blessed FewIt Is , A Young Man S Summer Of Discovery A Time For A Boy With Innocent Hands And A Pure Heart To Look Beyond The Ordinary In Everyday Things To See The Far Reaching Landscape, And All Of Its Possibilities, From A Rooftop Terrace On God S Mountain That was a good antidote to the Vesaas the opposite of melodrama, everything described simply and directly It s also a nice antidote to the constant discourse of merit based on suffering, a whole other way of writing on the left This book is about ordinary people, their lives, their problems, the details, all described with the kind of love that you can produce when you want to be with people instead of denouncing them This book says people, their lives, their stories, are worth something, a That was a good antidote to the Vesaas the opposite of melodrama, everything described simply and directly It s also a nice antidote to the constant discourse of merit based on suffering, a whole other way of writing on the left This book is about ordinary people, their lives, their problems, the details, all described with the kind of love that you can produce when you want to be with people instead of denouncing them This book says people, their lives, their stories, are worth something, and that s why we write them and that s why we read them Suffering is, it exists, and we depict it, but it s not what makes us good or bad And it s certainly not how we earn the privilege of having our experiences treated with dignity I ve read a fair few of this type of coming of age book, but this is the best It is a story beautifully told Set in Naples in 1957 it concerns the key few weeks in the adolescence of a young boy From a very family, the unnamed narrator is able to deal with the sickness and death of his mother chiefly due to his new friendship with Maria, his first girl friend His father cannot read or write and only speaks the Neapolitan dialect, no Italian The boy has finished school at the end of 5th grad I ve read a fair few of this type of coming of age book, but this is the best It is a story beautifully told Set in Naples in 1957 it concerns the key few weeks in the adolescence of a young boy From a very family, the unnamed narrator is able to deal with the sickness and death of his mother chiefly due to his new friendship with Maria, his first girl friend His father cannot read or write and only speaks the Neapolitan dialect, no Italian The boy has finished school at the end of 5th grade, at the age of 13 The translator, Michael Moore, needs to share the praise often such books lose something in translation As his relationship with Maria grows the writing is particularly impressive, dealing with his first sexual experiences It s a short book, but needs to be savoured I read the second half on a rough ferry crossing between Uig and Tarbert in the Hebrides, and made those 60 odd pages last an hour and a half I really loved this little book, though page after page I found myself asking why was I enjoying it so much It s a fairly average boring plot , concerning the coming of age of a young man in Napoli..detailing all of the wonderfully eccentric characters he met Not that much happens though, so I would understand if someone were to say that it s a pointless read, not really even delivering much of a story, but what it does give, is some of the most beautiful descriptions and insights into Napol I really loved this little book, though page after page I found myself asking why was I enjoying it so much It s a fairly average boring plot , concerning the coming of age of a young man in Napoli..detailing all of the wonderfully eccentric characters he met Not that much happens though, so I would understand if someone were to say that it s a pointless read, not really even delivering much of a story, but what it does give, is some of the most beautiful descriptions and insights into Napoletan culture I ve ever seen in print.As is often the case with these kind of books, the Napoletan dialect plays a key role here, and I would say it does a wonderful job The boy s Father is a Napoletan man who is rather ashamed of his level of Italian, and is thrilled to see that his son is writing, talking and reading in Italian It s a realistic situation..and it s a nice little insight.One of theinteresting characters that he meets is Don Rafaniello, a hunchback from the North who repairs the shoes for the town..he was on his way to Gerusalem, but stopped in Napoli Online I have found something that was so beautifully put that I simply must quote it un libro semplice ed essenziale per continuare ad amare una realt grande e fantasiosa come quella napoletana in montedidio c tutta la poesia che caratterizza questi strani e stravaganti esseri ti senti parte di loro anche se, come Rafaniello, non sei nato l , ma l ti fermi perch c il mare e ne senti il profumo anche a chilometri di distanza D Rossi you feel part of their world, even if, like Rafaniello, you weren t born there, but you ve stopped because there s the sea and you can smell it even if you re chilometres away It s very easy for books that deal with such an incredibly deep culture such as the Napoletan one to lose itself in its intricacies, but I think Montedidio balances things out perfectly We or at least I feel like I understand a littleabout Napoli, and how the people think by reading books like this and as the reviewer stated above, there is so much beautiful poetry prose in this book, I caught myself just staring at the page trying to absorb the beauty of a sentence many a times.I would definitely adivse anyone to read this book, it s a small, fast read that is just beautifully indulgent and a pleasure to read though I would insist that you read it in Italian, as I d say this is one of those books that definitely lose something in translation Another masterpiece by Erri de Luca, I m now looking forward to readingby this novelist If I had read this book before Three Horses, I might have given it five stars but as good as it is, it still doesn t measure up to the poetic voice of Three Horses My only reservation on this statement is that perhaps this is because each book had a different translator thus I m not sure if the differences in the prose was intentional by the author or lost in translation.Nevertheless a book I ll be Another masterpiece by Erri de Luca, I m now looking forward to readingby this novelist If I had read this book before Three Horses, I might have given it five stars but as good as it is, it still doesn t measure up to the poetic voice of Three Horses My only reservation on this statement is that perhaps this is because each book had a different translator thus I m not sure if the differences in the prose was intentional by the author or lost in translation.Nevertheless a book I ll be rereading This is book is all about growing pains, the loss of innocence and the bitterness of the transition from childhood to adulthood So beautiful. An enjoyable if ultimately rather conventional male coming of age story, set in early 1960s Naples, Montedidio takes the form of brief diary entries by a thirteen year old boy who eagerly goes to work as an apprentice carpenter and in the course of a year takes on increasing responsibility and comes to be regarded as a man He writes in Italian rather than Neapolitan, he says, for the respite it offers from the chaos of the dialect and the city he was a somewhat sickly child and so went to scho An enjoyable if ultimately rather conventional male coming of age story, set in early 1960s Naples, Montedidio takes the form of brief diary entries by a thirteen year old boy who eagerly goes to work as an apprentice carpenter and in the course of a year takes on increasing responsibility and comes to be regarded as a man He writes in Italian rather than Neapolitan, he says, for the respite it offers from the chaos of the dialect and the city he was a somewhat sickly child and so went to school longer than most of his peers His humble and hard working father still struggles with Italian but he doesn t make him feel bad about it he enjoys waking up and having breakfast with him, and finally contributing to the small household he s an only child , but he s left alone when his mother goes into the hospital and his father dedicates himself to her Each evening after work he ascends to the highest rooftop terrace in the neighborhood, to help out with the laundry but also to think about life and to train with a heavy boomerang given to him by his father There he comes to know his neighbor Maria, who s no older but has already had a nasty taste of the adult world in the form of the landlord who has been forcing sexual favors from her in exchange for not demanding back rent Now the narrator is strong enough to protect her, and ready for his own predictably bewildering butpleasant sexual initiation, and they form a partnership against the harsher aspects of the world, while quickly settling into a conventional domestic set up that their elders may fear proceeds too quickly but otherwise respect.The other person he spends a lot of time with he calls Don Rafaniello, an old hump backed, red headed cobbler and Holocaust survivor, who repairs the shoes of all the poor children of Naples He s a wise, long suffering, and proverb proffering man, who got stuck in Naples after WWII he wants to travel to Israel and tells the narrator that when his wings emerge from the hump he ll fly home, back to the original Monte di Dio The story builds towards New Years Eve, when Rafaniello will fly and the young man will take advantage of the chaos of the evening to finally launch the boomerang from the highest terrace and the roll of paper he s been writing on will be all used up.The book is very prettily written in parts, and even genuinely wise, but also often repetitive and overly sentimental we hearthan enough, for example, about Rafaniello s green eyes The protagonist is such a humble, dutiful, and respectful son and employee, that he would certainly be a joy to any parent or employer, but he s not a very interesting character There are already so many Italian boy becomes a man stories available, and if this one doesn t present us with the same indulgent view of sowing wild oats and homosocial bonding, the stolid and sober before his time protagonist of Montedidio is on balance nocompelling. 1960s, Naples The crammed neighborhood of Montedidio, where there s not enough room to spit between your feet, is the set of De Luca s I narration of a 13 year old boy In transition to adulthood He s working as a carpenter and writing his days on a roll of paper that a printer gave him He does not write in the Neapolitan dialect that his family speaks but in the Italian he learned at school, because it s quiet I can put down what happens every day, sheltered from the noise of the Neapoli 1960s, Naples The crammed neighborhood of Montedidio, where there s not enough room to spit between your feet, is the set of De Luca s I narration of a 13 year old boy In transition to adulthood He s working as a carpenter and writing his days on a roll of paper that a printer gave him He does not write in the Neapolitan dialect that his family speaks but in the Italian he learned at school, because it s quiet I can put down what happens every day, sheltered from the noise of the Neapolitan 2 On his birthday, his father gives him a boomerang He practices throwing it from the building s roofs Here he meets Maria, his same age While the strength of his arm, with which he throws the boomerang, grows, so does his love for Maria It s am in Neapolitan, with two ms instead of one as in standard Italian , explains the girl, because this way it s tougher,real 74 His mother dies, his father looses vitality He befriends don Rafaniello his nickname from having red hair like a ravanello, a radish He s a shoemaker He s an angel He comes from a northern country that lost all his children 20 Poland Over there, his name was Rav Daniel While travelling to Jerusalem at the end of WWII, Rafaniello ended on the wrong God s mountain , Montedidio, in Naples Not much difference, after all, because Naples is a city of blood, like Jerusalem 72 , he says So, he decided to stay To make shoes for the children who were running barefoot on the streets of Naples Now he repairs shoes for the poor, for free He s waiting that his wings, hidden in his hump, spread and take him to Jerusalem, to fulfill a prophecy he was given in a dream On New Year s Eve, on Montedidio s roofs, with a crunching of bones the boomerang breaks away 167 and leads the way for Rafaniello, who spreads his wings wide in the blaze of the fireworks And suddenly, from the throat of the narrator, a donkey s braying that rips from my lungs 168 His voice mutates from adolescence to adulthood I shout, and there isn t enough room for my shout on my whole scroll of paper or even in the sky above Montedidio 168.Read the rest of my review here Another book told in short paragraphs, but this one I did enjoy The young thirteen yr old narrator is wonderful, thinks he is already a man because he is working and helping to support his family He is such a wonderful combination of naivete and wisdom The way he sees things, the things that still confuse him and the people he enjoys Enjoyable read.