Usual ex-library features, some marked through. The interior is clean and tight. Binding is good. Cover is slightly scuffed. Library label glued on spine. 296 pages. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: This strange antiwar novel is set in post-World War II Italy where Samuele, a young soldier ill with consumption, returns to his village much changed by the horrors he witnessed in battle. Always hot tempered, he is now more accepting of human foibles. This contrasts sharply with the often harsh traditions of the village. A young married woman pays with her life for a momentary indiscretion, and many feel her murder justified. Not Samuele, who tracks down the killer, who happens to be her husband and his friend. The obelisk of the title is a tall, intricately detailed structure that must be transported using dangerous maneuvers, but Samuele uses his waning strength to lead the effort in bringing this symbol of love and peace to the town square. Although not poetic, the writing is competent and does evokes the reality of village life. Library Journal, May 1995.
From Publishers Weekly: When Maria learns that her son, Samuele, is on his way home to their small Neapolitan village after three years in the Italian army during WWII, she is more worried than happy, and with good reason: her daughter has borne a child out of wedlock, and it is the responsibility of the man of the house to discipline the wayward woman. But Samuele, who has seen too much cruelty and death, forgives his sister and takes to the child as his own, much to the surprise and disappointment of the villagers. Samuele is also determined to pick up where he left off with Franca, his childhood sweetheart, a relationship complicated by her family's disapproval of him--a twist that leads to a Romeo and Juliet-style subplot. This intrigue unfolds against the background of preparations for the feast of the Straw Obelisk, a religious festival in which a nine-story cathedral of straw is pulled through the village streets by six teams of oxen. Caso's (We, the People) prose can be a disconcerting blend of the mawkish (``I'd like to count the stars in your eyes'') and the apparently anachronistic (one character is described as an ``air head''), and his story, despite some rude charm, is as lightweight and disposable as a paper hat. Photographs.
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Titolo: The Straw Obelisk
Casa editrice: Branden Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1971
Legatura: Hard Cover
Condizione libro: Good -
Descrizione libro Branden Press, 1971. Condizione libro: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP71955870
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97808283129364.0
Descrizione libro Branden Press, nd, c1971, 1971. 1st Edition, cloth w/gilt spine titles, very slightly cocked o/w fine w/vg dj, 296 pp, 8vo, SIGNED by the author, 'Crippled by frostbite and overwhelmed by the horrors of a European war.'. Codice libro della libreria 1577