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The Last Great Race Paperback – April 26, 2016
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Varzi was a Piedmontese driver, eternal friend and rival of Nuvolari. He was much loved by women, some threatened to ruin him forever. He eventually chose to share his life with his longtime girlfriend Norma. A tragic accident marked the end of his brilliant career.
This novel is really compelling, is excellent from the cover till the end. Wonderful idea to alternate the protagonist's point of view and that of a journalist who follows and tells his races. It made the story even more captivating and intriguing. The pace is fast, never boring, the dialogues are well built, the characters are amazing and believable. Excellent historical reconstruction of the period. The history of Varzi and his family is intertwined with the history of Italy and especially with the Second World War and the great tragedy of the Holocaust. I thank the author for making me better know a great Italian character of which I had only heard vague talk.
This novel is perfect for fans of Formula One but also for those who love a well-written romance. From the story of Varzi you can learn to never give up, fighting to achieve your dreams.
I received an advanced readers copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the summary of this book, I wanted to read it so badly. I’m a huge fan of all things connected to Formula One races. But this book is so much more than that. It’s a beautifully written tale about relationships, struggles, love, loss, and overcoming obstacles.
Since most of the characters are based on real people, it would be redundant to say the author made them seem realistic. However, his talent becomes apparent in the way he involves the reader and keeps him/her spellbound. It’s not an easy feat.
It’s also a great accomplishment being able to make a story as engaging as this is. Granted, Italy as a backdrop and pre-WW II as a timeframe are two powerful assets to any story. But, if an author doesn’t have talent, he/she won’t get anywhere. It’s not the case with The Last Great Race at all. On the contrary. As I turned the pages (so to speak as I read on my Kindle LOL), I felt like I was back in Europe, which has always fascinated me. More specifically Italy. It’s such an amazing country with such gorgeous people. What’s not to love about it, right?
Finally, the dual POV makes for a much more interesting storytelling style as it gives the reader a priceless opportunity to dive into different minds and have a more complex understanding of the situations.
I recommend The Last Great Race for anyone looking for a great book, regardless of their feelings about car sports because as I said in the beginning, this book is SO MUCH MORE than that.