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Books like this, it's better to go into blind. All I knew about it was that it involved Sicilian Aristocracy during the Italian "Resurgence." It is very well written, in as much that entire short stories seem to blossom from within single paragraphs (Such as the scene you will encounter when the family is eating jello/pudding). I found this to be a very rich and rewarding novel, however don't buy it if you're looking for "Under the Tuscan Sun," where serendipity makes everything come out rosy in the end. This is about war, intrigue, etc. and is strong on character and history. Don't come looking for a fast-food novel about princes and kinds.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
First of all the narrator speaks both Italian and French and therefore isn't daunted by the names and the language insertions in the book. His language skills made it an added pleasure to listen to a book that had so many Italian names in it.
Any additional comments?
The book is one of the most linguistically rich books I have ever read/listened to. It was like listening to a sumptuous feast of words.