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Top Places Travel Tips News. Okanagan Wine Country. Okanagan Wine Country Travel Guide. God's Mountain Estate Lakeside Rd. You hear about this in wedding songs! It was so fun. The perfect backyard for setting up a reception.
I love how everyone can sit at one long table, together as family and friends. The reception stretched on into the evening, relaxed conversation filling the air in between each of the five courses. Family and friends gave happy toasts and all in all, everyone was having a marvellous time. I was honoured to watch this moment. It was the sweetest First Dance. It made me miss my husband. Especially because I had only left him seven hours before. Hannah and Josh, it was a delight to be your photographer. 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.
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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.
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Now the narrator is strong enough to protect her, and ready for his own predictably bewildering but more pleasant 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 book is very prettily written in parts, and even genuinely wise, but also often repetitive and overly sentimental we hear more than 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 no more compelling.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. God's Mountain by Erri De Luca ,. Michael Moore Translator. 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 open. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 3rd by Riverhead Books first published More Details Original Title. Napoli Italy. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about God's Mountain , please sign up. Ha vocabolario sofisticato o costruzione complessa con frasi lunghe? Ho visto il signor de Luca in video "La Classe" e me sembra una persona molto interessante. Angela Diana Si e' abbastanza complicato perche' ci sono molte frasi in dialetto.
In generale Erri De Luca pero e' abbastanza semplice, frasi corte, capitoli …more Si e' abbastanza complicato perche' ci sono molte frasi in dialetto. In generale Erri De Luca pero e' abbastanza semplice, frasi corte, capitoli corti, vocabolario semplice. See 1 question about God's Mountain…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order.
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Montedidio, Erri De Luca This is a story told by a boy in his thirteenth year, recorded in his secret diary. He 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.
Then t Montedidio, Erri De Luca This is a story told by a boy in his thirteenth year, recorded in his secret diary.
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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 few. It 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.
Mar 01, Sofia rated it it was amazing Shelves: eagerly-read , 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 read more eventhough Erri had warned and consoled me about this right in the story itself. People and places from far away arrive and keep you company for a while. May 08, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: new-to-me-and-delicious-in , club-de-lecture 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. 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.
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Jan 26, Andy Weston rated it it was amazing. It is a story beautifully told. Set in Naples in 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.