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On Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Novel

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  123 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A dark, gripping coming-of-age tale that explores violence, friendship, family, and what it means to be a man

Summer, Palermo, early 1980s. The air hangs hot and heavy. The Mafia-ruled city is a powder keg ready to ignite. In a boxing gym, a fatherless nine-year-old boy climbs into the ring to face his first opponent.
So begins On Earth as It Is in Heaven, a sweeping multige
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2012)
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Feb 25, 2014 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On Earth As It Is In Heaven is the first novel by Rome-based Sicilian author, Davide Enia. Living in Palermo, nine-year-old Davide has grown up with stories of the boxing career of his illustrious father, The Paladin, before his unfortunate death in a motorcycle accident. He may never have known his father, but his loving Grandmother Provvidenza, his irrepressible Great Uncle Umbertino and his gastronomic Grandfather Rosario make sure their beloved Davidù understands his family’s history: a hist ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
Davide is born into a family of boxers. “We might be poor, but we were talented”. His father died in a motorbike accident before he was born, so he is raised by his mother, his uncle Umberto and his grandparents, Rosario and Provvidenza. His grandmother teaches him about the beauty of language. His uncle teaches him about boxing.

The book intertwines the stories of Davide, Rosario and Umberto. Umberto once made it to the final round of the National Champs but was beaten. He then started a gym whe
May 14, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
Davide Enia tells the tale of three generations of a family bonded by the "sweet science" of boxing. Much like his main character, Enia is a poet of sorts, weaving together three different timelines in a way that keeps you hanging on and wanting more of each story. The drama builds expertly as major moments reveal themselves in the past and present. Plays out like a well-paced, strongly executed cinematic experience.
May 14, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, italian
Un Palermo molto credibile, e coinvolgente. Credevo che la boxe fosse noiosa e violenta, ma ho letto questo libro quasi senza pausa.
May 01, 2014 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I hate knocking Davide Enia for being ambitious but had he been slightly less ambitious, his novel would have been better. Set over decades in Palermo, Sicily among a rough and tumble family of boxers, the story is way too non-linear for its own good. Enia concentrates mostly on a coming of age story of a young boxer and his relationship with family, friends and girls he likes. When it was this part of the story, I greatly enjoyed the book as the writing is clean, spare and direct. The scenes in ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Katalin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I like Italian authors of our time better and better.....It started with Baricco and Ammaniti,then continued with Paolo Giordano,Fabio Geda,Massimo Gramellini and my latest experience is the stirring novel of Davide Enia.
Paola Guzzetta
Apr 30, 2014 Paola Guzzetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delicato, emozionante, intenso, vero.
Oct 12, 2012 Ineke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aardig geschreven, een verhaal over Sicilië, van een jongen, die bokser wordt. Ook de maffia komt aan bod. Maar dat wordt alleen maal licht aangeraakt. Omdat ik zelf in Sicilië ben geweest begrijp ik welke maffia daden worden genoemd, maar als je er niets over weet, dan zegt dat je niets.
Het is het eerste boek van Enia, maar het is niet zo geweldig als het in de media is gebracht; zoals ik schreef: aardig.
Massimo Monteverdi
Colatura di verismo che gronda sangue, sudore e lacrime. Con piglio da cinema neorealista, si racconta la boxe, metafora del rigore morale, del rispetto per l'altro, della disciplina interiore. E siccome è un racconto di Sicilia, di come si può tener lontana la mafia dalla propria vita. Tre generazioni di pugili, dall'ultima guerra alle bombe del 1992, in un montaggio forse fin troppo frenetico.
Allemachtig wat een vermoeiend boek. Ik heb het uitgelezen, maar vond het een heel werk. Een wirwar van tijdslijnen, waar ik helemaal de kluts van kwijtraakte. Erg grove taal. Boksen, geweld, seks en af en toe een vleugje tederheid. Kranten laten zich tegenwoordig uit in allerlei superlatieven, (zouden ze er voor betaald krijgen?)Geen aanrader.
May 05, 2012 Giorgio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La scrittura di Davide Enia non ha ritmo, ma è corpo. E come corpo è denso, possiede naturalmente pose, scatti, mancanze, automatismi e memoria. Così in terra è un libro tangibile e vivo, "calmo e sereno come l'iradiddio". Probabilmente la cosa più bella nella quale potevo incappare quest'anno.
Hannah Langhoff
Nov 16, 2014 Hannah Langhoff rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels, abandoned
After 80 pages I just couldn't stomach this book anymore. I've read and appreciated some disturbing books, but what disgusted me here was that the narrative itself didn't seem to care about the violence, misogyny, etc.
Jul 01, 2013 Lechw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julmankaunis sukutarina Sisiliasta. Suvun miehet nyrkkeilevät, selviävät sodasta ja mafiasta sekä puhuvat naisista.
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  • Días de Combate
  • Non ora, non qui
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  • Sei come sei
  • L'inattesa piega degli eventi
  • Canale Mussolini
  • Il nipote del Negus
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