Club di Lettura – Intermediate to Advanced

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8 Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Book: Io non ho paura by Niccolò Ammaniti ISBN: 978-8806207694 (Please note that the book title and ISBN number are linked to two different online places from where to purchase. One is semi-local (Cambridge), the other has more used book options.)
Location: Taught online via Zoom. An invitation and explanations on how to join the meeting will be sent to registered students.
Instructor: Enrico Della Pietra
Price: $135 (early registration) $150 (After 6/21)
Dates: 07/06 – 08/24

You have been studying Italian for some time and are getting quite comfortable carrying on conversations on a large variety of topics but perhaps you are ready for something a bit more challenging to continue to improve your vocabulary and solidify your knowledge of Italian grammar – not to mention insight into Italian culture? Reading a book has not yet been part of your toolbox as both the task itself – not understanding everything, having to look up too many words — seems a bit daunting and the actual selection of a book, a discouraging process! But if someone chooses the book for you and holds your hand throughout the process by allowing you to tackle it in small digestible bites that you get to discuss once a week… you may be in for a pleasant and highly rewarding experience that will contribute to boost your confidence!
So if you are ready to move into the realm of unabridged literature, let the adventure begin!

You will be asked to read a certain number of pages every week at home and once a week, you will “videomeet” with your classmates and instructor for an hour of discussion, clarifications, explanations, etc. — in Italian of course!

If you need assistance to determine if this class is right for you, we would be happy to help. Please get in touch!

Summary of the book

In this immensely powerful, lyrical, and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, nine-year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he doesn’t dare tell anyone about it.
The hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses in the middle of wheat fields. While the adults shelter indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside.
In the midst of that sea of golden wheat, nine year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. To come to terms with it he will have to draw strength from his own imagination and sense of humanity. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. The result is an immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, its atmosphere reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, Stephen King’s Stand By Me and Italo Calvino’s Italian Fairy Tales.

Riassunto del libro
In questo romanzo Niccolò Ammaniti va al cuore della sua narrativa, con una storia tesa e dal ritmo serrato, un congegno a orologeria che si carica fino a una conclusione sorprendente: e mette in scena la paura stessa. Michele Amitrano, nove anni, si trova di colpo a fare i conti con un segreto cosi grande e terribile da non poterlo nemmeno raccontare. E per affrontarlo dovrà trovare la forza proprio nelle sue fantasie di bambino, mentre il lettore assiste a una doppia storia: quella vista con gli occhi di Michele e quella, tragica, che coinvolge i grandi di Acqua Traverse, misera frazione dispersa tra i campi di grano. Il risultato è un racconto potente e di assoluta felicità narrativa, dove si respirano atmosfere che vanno da Clive Barker alle Avventure di Tom Sawyer, alle Fiabe italiane di Calvino. La storia è ambientata nell’estate torrida del 1978 nella campagna di un Sud dell’Italia non identificato, ma evocato con rara forza descrittiva. In questo paesaggio dominato dal contrasto tra la luce abbagliante del sole e il buio della notte, Ammaniti alterna, a colpi di scena sapienti, la commedia, il mondo dei rapporti infantili, la lingua e la buffa saggezza dei bambini, la loro tenacia, la forza dell’amicizia e il dramma del tradimento.



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