Regalato alla panchina di Piazza Merolli - 9.5.17
Mi ha trasmesso una tale tristezza che per poco non l'ho abbandonato ai primi capitoli. Poi la scrittura mi ha preso. Non c'è una parola fuori posto, non una sillaba di troppo.
This book is great from the core and up. The structure is marvellous, the writing is, stylistically, by a master, and I didn't want to miss a paragraph. It's a horrid tale of rôles, love, hierarchies (including God), friendship and treachery. I loved it....Continua
Emily Maguire has recommended this author to me, and knowing this to be among his most popular pieces, it seemed a fair place to begin. The first thing that struck me was the change of scenery: a novel of Englishmen in Africa. I believe that Scobie was a good man; but he was a Man's man, and had little idea of how to speak to women. His tendency to be dishonest to them, or to promise them something, INTENDING to carry it through, but KNOWING it couldn't be so, is just infuriating. His struggle with his spirituality is not exactly the one that I have grown to know, but one can sympathise with it. Apart from being a Man's man, and keeping his friendships in loyal brotherhood, Scobie is a man that lives for his work, and has little else to fill that empty hole that is the consequence of a search for meaning or purpose....Continua