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The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi (Penguin Classics) Paperback – March 6, 1984
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“This is not just a book; it offers consolation to the whole of humanity.”
“[Manzoni is] the only Italian literary figure whom his countrymen consider worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Dante . . . It is almost impossible to accept this book as a first novel. Through the virtuosity with which its creator deploys and refines his raw materials, the story of Renzo and Lucia . . . consistently transcends its considerable potential for sentimentality . . . The mélange of tones, styles and methods within the book makes the experience of reading it one of the most rewarding—and simultaneously most challenging—in nineteenth-century fiction.”
—from the Introduction by Jonathan Keates
Text: English, Italian (translation)
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Couldn't say in all honesty that either of the main characters appealed to me either Lucy or Renzo. Lucy was a bit of a striking violet for my reading taste.
Still it was listed on the Guardian 1000 list and I'm glad that I took the chance to read, it just wasn't a story that engaged me.
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It is a terrible word for word translation.
Spaces between words are missing once every 4 sentences.
Instead I read about the plague, pestilence,
And horrid priest. one courage priest.
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