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Tre settimane a dicembre

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Max, un'etnobotanica, deve recarsi in Africa, in una riserva naturale dove vivono gli ultimi esemplari di gorilla di montagna e dove pare cresca una pianta in grado di rivoluzionare il mercato farmaceutico. Lì, in mezzo ai gorilla, Max sarà finalmente libera dalle gabbie in cui la tiene rinchiusa la sua malattia, quella sindrome di Asperger che le rende così problematica l ...more
Paperback, Dal mondo, 400 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by e/o (first published May 27th 2010)
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Nov 04, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2011
When one of the key protagonists of a book is a biracial American ethnobotonist who is surmounting the challenges of Aspergers, you know instantly that you’re in the hands of an author who is unafraid of taking literary risks.

And so it is with Audrey Schulman’s inspired, imaginative, and downright haunting new book, Three Weeks in December. Told in alternating perspectives, the book chronicles a three week period in two lives that are separated by a millennium: Jeremy, a young engineer who is ch
Holly Robinson
Apr 13, 2012 Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read Audrey Schulman's Three Weeks in December, I was transported back to the time when I read literary novels by the dozen. In college and graduate school, especially, I loved fiction that took me to other countries, or even to other worlds. I lived for sentences so beautiful that they could bring me to my knees. Never mind where those sentences might take me. I just wanted to bask in the crystalline light of words and images perfectly crafted.

Among my favorite novels were books by Henr
Mar 30, 2013 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marieke and Jennifer D.
When I first moved to Pittsburgh, my brother and I lived on the North Side, walking distance to the Carnegie Science Museum and Omnimax theater. On more than one occasion I walked to the theater to see Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, a film about the creatures that Goodall has spent years living with and understanding. My love for Goodall goes back further than I can remember exactly, and sitting there in the Omnimax theater watching Goodall on such a large scale, surrounded by her beloved anim ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars, really. Very interesting book told in alternating chapters set 100 years apart. One narrator is an American engineer in 1899 who goes to Kenya (or British East Africa) to work on a railway project. The other one is an American botanist in 2000 who goes to Rwanda to search for a vine with amazing medical properties on a gorilla preserve. Both are social misfits, ostracized in their home communities: the engineer is gay, the ethnobotanist has Aspergrer's. Both stories are fa ...more
May 11, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love lions. Big, beautiful killing machines that they are. I wouldn’t want to meet one in dark alley.
And I wouldn’t want to be in Africa, building a railroad, when the lions decide to eat people.
This book is based, in part, on a true story about the lions that hunted the railroad builders in the 1880s. The Tsvao lions, you can go to the Chicago Field Museum and see the stuffed bodies.
Schulman’s book tells two stories that at first seem to have little in common. One is about an American man
Friederike Knabe
This is a book that I could really get into. The two stories, 1oo years apart, should have been told separately and developed into stand-alone books, The interleafing is artificial and the topics don't belong together in my estimation. Interesting in parts for the depiction of the African setting and, in particular the interaction with a group of gorillas, the novel did not, for me, move very convincingly beyond the adventure story where two unprepared Americans are confronting Africa in order t ...more
Nancy Sirvent
This is the best book I have read all year. As I said before, I never would have read it if it hadn't been given to me by the marvelous Kat Warren. Wonderful writing, gripping story(ies). Unusual, fascinating characters: a female biracial enthnobotanist with Asperger's in the year 2000, and a tortured gay railroad developer in 1899. Both in Africa to do a job. Don't miss it.
Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2012 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audrey Schulman has written a very literary page-turner with her new novel, Three Weeks in December. From page one I was drawn in and smitten. The pages flew by and I couldn't wait to get back to the book each time I put it down.

The book is written in two narratives, each one about one hundred years apart and taking place during the month of December. One narrative takes place in 1899 and the other in 2000. Both protagonists hail from Maine and end up in Africa.

The first protagonist is Jeremy wh
Apr 22, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audrey Schulman captures Africa through the senses of two of the main characters who visit Africa with two very different missions, one in the year 1899, and one in the year 2000. Through these two main characters, the reader learns about the African landscapes of Kenya and Rwanda, in addition to its changing landscapes. The reader also learns about the innermost feelings and challenges of the two main characters the audience comes to understand and accept.

Max is an ethnobotanist who has been co
The Joy of Booking
Audrey Schulman wrote a book that knocked my socks off. That’s pretty much the easiest way to sum it up. I gasped, I sniffled, I accidentally missed dinner while on vacation – that’s how engrossing Three Weeks in December actually is. The characters, particularly Max, a brilliant scientist with Asperger’s syndrome, are vivid and arresting and their story lines quickly take over your imagination. I was at a ski lodge while reading the majority of the book, and despite the glinting snow around me, ...more
Feb 25, 2012 thewanderingjew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away. The research effort must have been enormous. There is so much insight and information included: about Aspergers, about animal and plant life, about the behavior of Silverback gorillas, about the building of the railroad and the workers who came to help construct the rails, about the difficulties associated with sexual orientation, about scientific research and the workings of pharmaceutical companies, about survival and survival instincts, about courage in the face of ext ...more
Aug 18, 2013 orsodimondo rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada
Uno di quei libri dove la trama è un valore aggiunto.
Io ne incontro di rado, perché di rado li cerco, non è tanto cosa si racconta che mi interessa.
Ma qui ho fatto volentieri un’eccezione.

Due personaggi protagonisti, separati da un secolo, e legati saldamente da qualcosa che si rivela alla fine: ma è abbastanza prevedibile, e non aggiunge nulla alla bellezza dei due racconti che procedono a montaggio alternato.

Due americani, del Maine, che per ragi
Feb 08, 2013 Souzen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Audrey Schulman that I've read, but it won't be the last. What a wonderful writer she is. In this book, she takes two parallel stories of people who, in the society of their time, are regarded as not "normal".

One, a young engineer who is more or less shunned in his American hometown for being "gay" in 1899. He takes a job with the British railroad in British East Africa (now Kenya and Uganda) to build a bridge for the company. It's a beautiful tale of how, in adapting t
Mar 30, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is absolutely stunning. I couldn't put it down. The writing itself is lovely, the protagonists are compelling, the Rwandan setting is exotic and beautiful, and the story...oh, the story.

The novel tells the story of two Americans who go to Rwanda at two different times, for different reasons: Jeremy Turnkey travels to Rwanda in December 1899 to oversee the construction of a railroad, and Max Tombay, an ethnobotanist with Asperger's syndrome, goes to Rwanda in December 2000 to find a pl
Jan 04, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
Received an ARC from and posted a review there. Disliked this book intensely as it appeared to be written for book group discussion. It is the story of three weeks in December in the Congo during 1899 and 2000 involving 2 different family members who both journey from Maine. One is a scientist and one is an engineer and their professional stories alone would have made an interesting book. Instead, the author gave them complicated personal lives which really gave the book a soap op ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was so good! Every time I picked it up, I was immediately sucked into the world that Schulman created. It would have never been a book I would have picked up based on the description. It was given to me by a friend and I am very grateful!! The two story lines in the book seem so different, but have some common themes. Then, you find a connection at the end. It was a powerful story and it was written so beautifully. I especially enjoyed the insight of what it would feel like to try to f ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-own
Wow, this is one of the best books I have read this year. There are two storylines both set in December in modern day, one in 1899. Both were equally compelling. She was able to use the stories to inform the reader about Aspergers, homosexuality as well as gorilla and lion behavior and botony and the development of pharmaceuticals.
Libby Buchanan
Aug 29, 2014 Libby Buchanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrific! Enjoyed every page. The characters were fascinating, the settings exotic, and the dangers realistic. Highly recommend.

#Libby_B4 #LibbyBuchanan
Libby Buchanan
Apr 06, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, suspenseful, has themes that I don't often read about and my favorite part: not all tied up in the end!
Nov 16, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Too violent and loaded with evil imagery for me. Had to stop reading one third of the way through to ward off nightmares.
Jul 05, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. Best book I've read this year.
Mar 24, 2012 TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves literary fiction and a good story
Three Weeks In December, Audrey Schulman’s latest novel, takes place in East Africa, and is two stories, really, though both stories revolve around people who are more or less outcasts in the community in which they live and who make great strides in discovering who they really are when they’re sent to live and work among strangers in a strange land. Each story covers the same three weeks in December, and each is told in alternating chapters, built around a genuine historical event. The first st ...more
3.5 stars... Built upon the same story as the movie "The Ghost in the Darkness" (which is really good), but very different. Chapters alternate between that tale and the story of a modern-day researcher in Africa, which adds an entirely new aspect. An enjoyable read.
Kate Z
Jun 08, 2012 Kate Z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE BOOK. Read the synopsis of the book and decide for yourself if you are going to read this book but do NOT read my review!!!

This book was suggested by my friend Laura as a possible book club selection. I voted for it. My mom voted for it. Laura voted for it. It didn't get picked. I thought it sounded so good and wanted to read it anyway. I told Laura that once she read it maybe we could have an impromptu mini book club to talk about it. I sugge
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

In 1899, Jeremy Turnkey travels to British East Africa as an engineer in charge of helping to build a railroad. He knows himself to be different in a time when being different is not accepted and is a partial outcast from his family and "polite" society. Faced with the dizzying task of overseeing Indian workers in a hostile African environment, he has enough on his plate already. When two lions begin killing the men in
Feb 12, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Weeks in December is a story of strangers, primarily from an American perspective, in a strange land, south-eastern Africa. The story is told in the alternating perspectives of Jeremy in the late 19th century and Max in the late 20th century in present day Rwanda. Both Jeremy and Max are outsiders in the true sense of the word and both are launched on a course of self-discovery.

Jeremy is apparently the only American working for the British in the construction of a railroad and he knows li
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Mar 16, 2012 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literary fiction and character driven novel lovers
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Shelf Awareness
4.5 stars actually

Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A contemporary and historical mix that’s based around two story lines separated by 100 years. Its complex main characters, intriguing plots, and amazing equatorial African settings (which includes lions and gorillas) immerse the reader into its pages. The question is: how will these two characters be linked together in the end?

About: The historical story line is set in 1899 when Jeremy, a young American Engineer, travels to Africa in
Mary Soderstrom
The news yesterday was full of images from Nigeria, where people were marking the sad anniversary of the kidnapping of 132 girls and young women by Boko Haram a year ago. What is going on with fundamentalist groups is extremely hard for me to understand. The BBC recently did a piece on the Nigerian group, which gives some context. The aim is a caliphate where Sharia law rules, it seems. Everything Western should be forbidden.

But Muslims are not the only terrorists in the world, as witness Uganda
Dec 21, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Three Weeks in December” reminds me how wonderful and satisfying it feels when you take a chance on a book you’ve never heard of and end up so moved you are crying and breathless in the Minneapolis airport. I will be haunted by this book for a long time (and I’ve moved Africa up on my travel list)

What a story! I saw this in the library a few years back but didn’t check it out then (I already had a huge pile). So I added it to my Wish List. As I get ready to move to a new town far, far away, I’v
Two stories are told in alternating chapters, both featuring outsider Americans from Maine who are thrust into positions of power in Africa. The first story is about Max Tombay, a biracial ethnobotanist with Asperger's who heads to Rwanda in December 2000 to search for a vine that silverback gorillas chew on containing huge amounts of beta blockers. The other story line follows Jeremy Turnkey in December 1899. He is an engineer who has come to oversee the building of a railroad and his outsider ...more
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Audrey Schulman is the author of three previous novels: Swimming With Jonah, The Cage, and A House Named Brazil. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Montreal, Schulman now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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