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Liberation: A Novel

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
"Deeply moving. . . . Joanna Scott brilliantly captures war as seen through the innocence of a child." -Bookpage

Adriana Nardi is only 10 years old when Allied forces occupy her lush island home during World War II, plaguing the quiet Italian village with violence and uncertainty. Amdu is a Senegalese soldier who abandons his comrades and befriends Adriana after witnessing
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 25th 2008 by Back Bay Books (first published 2005)
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Mar 27, 2009 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book #7 of 2009
I did not like this book much. I borrowed it because most of it is set on the island of Elba. I remember Elba being a magical place where I spent a weekend the summer I stayed in Italy. The book though, was rather dull. The perspective switched between Adriana Nardi, 10 years old - almost 11 - at the time of the Liberation of Elba, her mother Guila, her uncle Mario, a Senglenese soldier Amdu Diop who Adriana and Guila nurse back to health after he develops a fever, and Mrs. Rundel
Oct 10, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
I wanted more. Relatively nice writing- not too surface level, not too flowery. The characters were clear and interesting, but not nearly as full as I would have liked them to be. I rarely felt I was getting the meat of the story. Even so, the way humanity met imagination carried me through to the end. Oh, to be a 10 year old girl again.
Mar 11, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a Brighton author which was fun. Narrative switched from a young girl's perspective during the liberation of Elba durng WWII by Sengelese soldiers, to that same girl many years later. Slow at times, but worth the read.
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Mar 05, 2014 barbara hinderer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really hard to get into and not a very capturing storyline. Good writing, but needs more story development.
Feb 15, 2011 Fergie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent read that takes the reader between the past (specifically WWII Italy as the island of Elba is liberated by French Colonials) and present day America. A quick, easy read.
Feb 17, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok
A little difficult to read in parts. One entirely unexpected and undeveloped narrative voice. Just okay.
Lewis Weinstein
Nice premise; threads of story between WWII and 60 years later not tied as powerfully as they might have been.
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I didn't care for the long rambling sentences so I abandoned it.
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Joanna Scott is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Rochester. She has also taught in the creative writing programs at Princeton University and the University of Maryland. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship during the writing of Arrogance.
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