Que o fogo consuma esta casa
The narrator, Peter Leverett, a government employee returning to the U.S., stops in the Italian village of Sambuco to see his old schoolmate Mason Flagg. But the next morning Flagg is found dead at the base of a cliff, a peasant girl has been beaten to death and Cass Kinsolving, a drunken American painter, is gone.
Though the case has been written off a...more
A heinous case of abuse. And by that, I mean an author abusing his readers. Sure, the novel is about rape and murder, but at any point in the book, from the first chapter to the last, you will feel more violated than any of the characters, whether it's due to grown men referring to other grown men as "dollbaby," scenes of alcoholic drunkenness that go on for dozens and dozens of pages, female characters treated as either pieces of meat or helpless elfin fairies, the author's (and characters') lo ...more
I read this book when I was an undergraduate years ago. I gobbled up the lush Italian setting, the boozing and the brawls, the colorful supporting cast of millionaires and movie stars and barefoot Italian beauties. The central conflict was a classic man to man battle like MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. The dashing charm of the corrupt boyish American millionaire, Mason ...more
I read this as part of my Big Fat Reading Project and also because ever since I read Sophie's Choice so many years ago and had my mind completely rearranged, I vowed to read all of Styron's novels. In a way, it's a good thing he didn't write too many because each one is such a heavy dose of human anguish and Faulkner-like rambling complete with long philosophical passages run through some character's mouth. Reading too much Styron in a row could induce suicidal thoughts at least, maybe worse.
In spite of ...more
That's the first part of the novel -- absolutely brilliant writing.
But, the novel grinds down to an incredibly boring monologue - absolutely unreadable. Couldn't force myself to finish the book.
part of it is set in italy.
i love his writing.
This one begins:
Sambuco. Of the drive from Salerno to Sambuco, Nagel's Italy has this to say: "The road is hewn nearly the whole way in the cliffs of the coast. An evervaried panorama unfolds before our ...more
По логике, в первую очередь он должен вызывать презрение: молодой невероятно богатый американский тунеядец, богемный красавчик, красноречив и привлекает к себе людей невероятными историями, которые потом разоблачаются в своей лживости. Мейсон часто меняет девушек и каждая из них всегда без ума от него.Не смотря ...more
So many references to issues of today even though set in post wwII time. The rule of mammon and the take over of political structure by appealing to the lowest denominator. Never read Lie Down in Darkness and may have to do so to add to Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice