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I'm Not Scared

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  7,891 ratings  ·  588 reviews
“Stop all this talk about monsters, Michele. Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”

A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. On a dare, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano enters an old, a
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 9th 2004 by Anchor (first published 2001)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
A real horror. Evil is committed in pursuit of the "good", the victims are innocent and young, their innocence lost in the most painful way possible, and the story ends without any expectation of redemption or happiness for anyone.

And what a unique and brilliant narration! The author inhabits the mind of a nine-year-old boy and tells the story like a real nine-year-old. Reminded me of Esther Freud's "Hideous Kinky" but with really something extraordinary: it doesn't take Niccolo Ammaniti whole p
I'm not sure how to describe this book. Is it a shattering of innocence, a coming of age story, a mystery, a suspense novel or is it all of these? I was drawn into the story immediately by the short terse prose, the descriptions of the countryside and the dialogue and actions of the young children in the story. Ammaniti, has captured with accuracy the actions and thoughts of a child who is caught in an adult situation. As the reader you are viewing the events from the eyes of nine year old Miche ...more
Diane S.✨
Set during the heat wave in the summer of 1978, in rural Italy nine year old Michele and his friends pretty much have the countryside to themselves. The parents stay in and try to alleviate the heat in whatever ways they can. Michele is only concerned about today, like most children and does not yet think about the wider picture, world events or other things that have affected his town. His only concern is having to drag his little sister everywhere, his friend Salvatore and the unelected leader ...more
A poignant coming of age story about the loss of innocence of a rural Italian boy.
The tale is told with enough balance as to be emotionally and intellectually engaging without being overly sentimental.

The style comes across as so effortless and the plot is so well handled, that one almost feels as if this could very well really have happened, which makes the chilling and ironic conclusion feel even more shocking and resonant.

..and since truth is stranger than fiction, who knows, perhaps it did
Despite its title, I’m scared and so is Michele, the 9-year-old narrator of this suspenseful story. It’s fast paced and wild, and you can’t help but be pulled in immediately and with full heart and soul.

Ammaniti knows how to create a grim story that has a loveable, heroic boy at its center. And he knows how to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. The book is scary, but addictive. It reads like a nightmarish fairytale. There’s good versus evil all over the place. There’s one small good guy
Well, he may not be scared but call me utterly terrifed. I find it hard to believe the book could be better or even equal to the film which I've seen twice and I wasn't any less scared the second time.

I must confess that I've done no more than flick through the book and check the odd scene here and there. Sorry, book, but the visual spectacle of the film simply outdoes in spades anything you can do in words.

The first thing I wanted to do when I saw this film was give it to my father. It was a s
I read this book for my Italian class. Reading in another language, especially it being my first time reading a full-length novel in Italian in this case, was a really rewarding experience and it allowed me to experience one of my favorite activities in a completely different way. I read this with a pencil in hand and circled all of the words I didn't understand (there were quite a few). I hope to do this again in the near future, with Italian and other languages, because I really enjoyed the ch ...more
Violet Crush
This is one of the best thrillers I have read this year. This book is translated from the Italian version. The suspense in this book was not overpowering. It’s not one of those fast pace modern day thrillers.

It opens in a small isolated Italian town where a 10 year old boy discovers a secret in an abandoned farmhouse. He struggles to keep it a secret and to make sense out of what he has discovered. The descriptions of the prairie and the region are so wonderful that I could actually imagine bei
Perfect for the learner, as this is written from a child's viewpoint which means the language is not too precious or over literary and you get to learn some of the earthy expletives (but not the truly disgusting ones) that barely figure in polite beginners' books. On top of that, it is extremely exciting, so tense that you are forced to push on to find out what happens. After the first couple of chapters I blithely ignored all that precious vocabulary that I didn't know and really ought to look ...more

Svaki puta kada uzmem knjigu od Niccola Ammanitia u ruke, budem doslovno iznenađena nenadmašnom snagom njegovog pisanja. Ni jedna njegova knjiga me nije ostavila ravnodušnom, pa tako ni ova.
Uvijek mi se sviđaju njegovi likovi koje on vješto opisuje . Od onih negativnih( kojih u ovoj knjizi ima podosta), pa do pozitivaca koji izgledaju kao da se ne mogu sasvim uklopiti u surovi svijet oko sebe.
Mene osobno najviše pogađa zlostavljanje i otmica djece, a ovdje se upravo o tome i radi.
U malenom tal
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
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I had to read this book for my Italian oral exam this week. I've studied Italian for less than a year, so I'm already proud I got the gist of this and definitely cannot comment on the language.

The story was actually really interesting and gripping for the most part. The hottest summer in Southern Italy ever. The kids go out to play in the fields all day. Nine-year old Michele has to go into an abandoned farmhouse on a dare and finds a kid his age stuck in a hole, presumably kidnapped. The plot

Desde la última nochevieja de la humanidad no había leído nada de este autor. La verdad es que esta novela no tiene nada que ver con aquel libro de relatos que me dejó boquiabierta por su variedad de giros y tonos.

Michele Amitrano, un niño de nueve años, se convierte de la noche a la mañana en el guardián de un secreto tan grande y terrible que no se atreve a compartirlo con nadie. Para enfrentarse a él debe recurrir a la fuerza de su fantasía (un universo propio poblado de amigos invisibles y s
I needed to take a small book with me in my handbag, so this jumped the queue of ringbooks, and wow! I was completely swept along by the story; it was absolutely gripping. The writing is simple, yet the suspense is kept going until the last word, and the simplicity of the language suits the age of the main character. I recently attended a talk by the Dutch author Renate Dorrestein, and she said that she had chosen the theme of one of her books when she considered how completely young children ar ...more
Set in an Italian countryside, a group of children challenge themselves to a race. The first one to reach the top of the hill is the winner and the loser must carry out a dare determined by the winner. Michele, a 9 year old boy, was the last one to reach the hill. On his dare Michele stubbles upon an abandoned cottage and it is there that he discovers this horrendous secret.

The book is so short so that is all I can say as much as secret is concerned without revealing any spoilers. But what I ca
After months of letting dust settle in some of my books, I finally finished one purchase of mine that should’ve been finished months ago. Due to increasing pressure from work and personal preferences veering to audio products, I had slightly neglected my reading side. Thankfully, this achievement might bring back the germ and itch of reading in me.
I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammanitti is a slim book. At 200+ pages, the book can be easily read in a day, more so around 2-3 hours if all you’ll ever
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Ammaniti ormai non mi sorprende più. Un autore meraviglioso, capace sempre di stupirmi, di affascinarmi, di farmi provare sempre dei sentimenti bellissimi. Anche in questo romanzo scritto in maniera divina e capace di evocare nella mia mente le immagini dell'ambiente descritto (Acqua Traverse, un paese sperso nei campi di grano del sud Italia), dei personaggi (per lo più i bambini che abitano in questo luogo), delle cose (gli strumenti rurali, le tv in bianco e nero, la gondola di venezia immanc ...more
MJ Nicholls
A small-town kidnapping tale, told from the POV of an ickle boy. What vexes me about narrators close to the child's perspective is that the narrator is usually a grown-up narrating their childhood from twenty or so years on. The same is true here: the grown-up Michele is narrating his childhood twenty-odd years later. My question: why would a grown-up write his story with such a close childhood POV unless he was a writer who had consciously taken that decision to sustain such a narrative positio ...more
I had worried that seeing the movie before reading the book would ruin the reading experience for me. After all, I'm Not Scared is kind of a thriller. But it turns out I worried for nothing: I'm Not Scared is a riveting read, even if one already knows how the story ends. The story is a beautiful, believable story about being a child and the betrayals that go hand-in-hand with growing up. Michele Amitrano leaves behind an insular fantasy world full of monsters for the vast real world, full of dec ...more
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4,5 stars

Novel·la molt recomenable. El punt de vista de l'infant protagonista no està contaminat pel narrador i poc a poc vas entrant a una història que es va tornant molt fosca sense acabar d'abandonar el toc ingenu de les primeres planes.
Spaventoso. Non c'è altra parola per descrivere il romanzo di Niccolò Ammaniti. Io non ho paura afferma il titolo, ma non è vero. Il protagonista è impaurito e lo siamo anche noi.

Il romanzo si svolge durante gli anni di piombo. Il narratore Michele è un bambino di nove anni che vive con la sua famiglia nel mezzogiorno d'Italia in un piccolo paese chiamato Acqua Traverse. Ma è un nome ironico perché c'è solo una cisterna e non ha piovuto per tutta l'estate. È l'estate più calda del secolo e gli a
Denise Deegan
I loved this story beautifully translated from Italian from the point of view of a child. One of my favorites.
Úristen. Én viszont félek. Mivé lesz az ember...?
E' il terzo scritto di Ammaniti che leggo e mi sono accorto di una cosa: è un abile narratore di maschere. Scavando nella società italiana coglie alcuni tratti peculiari della stessa e li trasforma in personaggi estremamente comprensibili e per questo molto coinvolgenti.

Lo trovo un testo ben riuscito, ma un po' furbo: lo stratagemma della scrittura che imita il punto di vista di un bambino gli ha permesso di narrare una storia criminale in maniera più 'patetica', nel senso di emotivamente più c

"Io Non Ho Paura" di Niccolò Ammaniti è un romanzo in cui l'autore è capace di narrarci la tragedia di un rapimento dal punto di vista di un bambino di nove anni, Michele Amitrano, il quale non capisce e prende tutto quasi per un gioco.
Michele non è il bambino sequestrato, bensì il figlio del rapitore e un giorno mentre gioca, s'imbatte per caso in una fossa in cui è nascosto il piccolo Filippo con il quale riuscirà addirittura a stringere un'amicizia.
Ma Michele capisce ben presto che è il pa
Faultless - rare in a translation - not a clunk in view! I love this book - it perfectly depicts the strain and quiet, yet overwhelming, tension of the smallest communities be they child or adult groupings. Hurrah for the depiction of true hero in Michele who despite his fears (the lodestone of the 'real' hero as opposed to the gung-ho), resists his instinctual responses and acts against his tribe to try to save their victim. The writing is spare and precise, every word honouring its place. Indi ...more

Und noch ein Impulskauf aus dem Krimiantiquariat meines Vertrauens.

Ein gnadenlos heißer Sommer im Italien der siebziger Jahre. Im ländlichen Örtchen Acqua Traverse spielen die Dorfkinder in den Weizenfeldern.
Auf einem nahe gelegenen Hügel stoßen sie auf ein unbewohntes Landhaus. Hier macht der neunjährige Michele Amitrano eine Entdeckung, die alles, was ihn umgibt in Frage stellen wird…

Ammaniti spinnt in seinem schmalen Büchlein eine Geschichte, wie sie klassischer nicht sein könnte, nur um de
Io non ho paura, Niccolò Ammaniti

'Piantala con questi mostri, Michele. I mostri non esistono. I fantasmi, i lupi mannari, le streghe sono fesserie inventate per mettere paura ai creduloni come te. Devi avere paura degli uomini, non dei mostri.'

Ci sono delle cose che i bambini durante la loro infanzia hanno, implacabili, dentro loro stessi che inevitabilmente vanno via esaurendosi man mano che la maturità e il loro essere 'uomini' arrivano a sostenerli con delle braccia da giganti e indispesabilm
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Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories. He won the prestigious Italian Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Fiction with his bestselling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages.
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“Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.” 37 likes
“Piantala con questi mostri, Michele. I mostri non esistono. I fantasmi, i lupi mannari, le streghe sono fesserie inventate per mettere paura ai creduloni come te. Devi avere paura degli uomini, non dei mostri.” 1 likes
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