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The Little World Of Don Camillo (Don Camillo #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,942 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
This tragicomical stories, often politically or socially charged, mostly situated in a fictional village on the Po called Boscaccio, in the period immediately after World War II, paint a clear picture of the post-war Italy. In this period the Italian Communist Party is very strong, but the Second World War and fascism are still vividly remembered. Boscaccio has a communist ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published August 19th 1986 by Galilee Trade (first published 1948)
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Lois Bujold
Mar 24, 2016 Lois Bujold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: persons interested in the period, or those just wanting charming tales
Recommended to Lois by: random internet review

I want to say "charming", but there is more going on than that in this collection of short stories centering on the priest of a small, post-WWII north Italian village and his mostly comic assorted tribulations with local people and politics.

The first chapter of the edition I read was a brief autobiography by the author, putting things in context but only for those with enough history (or who were there at the time) to read between the lines to realize how hair-raising it all must have been. One
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S©aP
Letto, riletto e riletto ancora. Ogni tanto sentire l'esigenza, e rileggerlo nuovamente. Dapprima nell'edizione originale a casa dei miei, quando ero ragazzo, poi in quella da me acquistata nel '91. Polverizzate le diatribe politiche e le ideologie, restano le storie di un'umanità senza Pc, senza cellulare, senza Suv, né Sky, né viaggi esotici in comitiva. Storie con cui ristorare l'anima di semplicità e 'senso' perduti.
Ginny_1807
"Poesia, solo poesia"
Vero capolavoro di delicatezza, umorismo e senso della misura, questa prima raccolta di racconti con Peppone e Don Camillo come protagonisti-antagonisti, conserva intatti nel tempo la sua freschezza e il suo valore di onestà intellettuale.
Capace di divertire, come di commuovere e suscitare concreti spunti di riflessione a livello morale, Guareschi in patria è stato a lungo sottovalutato e molto semplicisticamente considerato uno scrittore "popolare" nel senso più deteriore d
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arcobaleno
Sep 30, 2014 arcobaleno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un anno di cronache… inventate
…ma molto più verosimili di quelle vere: basta fermarsi sulla strada a guardare una casa colonica affogata in mezzo al granturco e alla canapa, e subito nasce una storia. (pag. 9)

Però… sono arrivata all’ultima pagina e ho provato una grande delusione.
Non me l’aspettavo...

era finito troppo presto!
Avrei voluto rimanere ancora in compagnia di Peppone e don Camillo, con quella voce bonaria del Cristo in sottofondo, in quella fettaccia di terra tra il fiume e il mont
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Jane
Mar 06, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories of Don Camillo, the cantankerous but beloved priest, and his sidekick, Communist mayor Peppone, continue to make me laugh every time I read them. Their Cold War adventures, mishaps, arguments, and reconciliations have a timeless quality. To appreciate the true genius of author Guareschi, delve deeper into the latent spiritual meaning that many of his stories contain --but don't get bogged down in the scholarly search for the meaning of life. Don Camillo tales allow us to appreciate a ...more
Ralph
Jun 03, 2012 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In an age of overly complex plots, multiple story lines, stream of consciousness prose, dozens of characters, globetrotting characters, worldwide implications it is great to enjoy a book like this. All of the events take place in a small Italian town, with virtually no plot implications beyond the town and its inhabitants. These include main characters Don Camillo, the Catholic Priest and Peppone, the mayor and communist party leader.
Guareschi's short tales center on disagreements between the p
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Ginny_1807
Il Mondo piccolo di Guareschi non finisce mai di stupire, incantare, divertire e commuovere.
È un mondo ‘piccolo’ perché circoscritto ad una limitata zona rurale della pianura padana nel dopoguerra e perché popolato da gente modesta, di paese e di campagna, con le sue piccole storie e i suoi problemi quotidiani.
La semplicità dei fatti narrati e del linguaggio, tuttavia, non deve trarre in inganno facendo magari presumere ingenuità nell’autore o futilità dei temi trattati. Questi anonimi persona
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Marina
Sep 21, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy
Sapevo che con Don Camillo e Peppone avrei riso, ma non pensavo di ridere così tanto. Ho addirittura esitato perché volevo dargli cinque stelle, ma mi sono trattenuta perché, per quanto sia un capolavoro dell'umorismo, ci sono libri ben più belli che meritano le cinque stelline.

Si tratta di piccole e brevi storie che possono essere lette alternativamente come un romanzo unico o come tanti brevi racconti, sebbene io preferisca quest'ultima opzione. Ma non si può passare tanto tempo fra un raccont
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Andrew
Aug 29, 2007 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this review first appeared on [http://intraspace.blogspot.com]

this is a classic work of italian fiction from the post-war period. don camillo is a catholic priest who goes head to head with the communist mayor, peppone. both characters are rogues who try to outsmart each other for the benefit of the church and the communist party.

the book has great humour and is really a rather cunning insight into human nature. don camillo has constant conversations with God, and these also provide some interes
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Arwen56
Poichè l'autore me ne ha gentilmente dato il permesso, riporto qui la recensione che ScaP ha scritto del libro. Parole migliori non credo esistano per commentarlo.

Letto, riletto e riletto ancora. Ogni tanto sentire l'esigenza, e rileggerlo nuovamente. Dapprima nell'edizione originale a casa dei miei, quando ero ragazzo, poi in quella da me acquistata nel '91. Polverizzate le diatribe politiche e le ideologie, restano le storie di un'umanità senza Pc, senza cellulare, senza Suv, né Sky, né viaggi
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Ashish
Jun 30, 2011 Ashish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, simple series of stories that are surprisingly insightful and deep, while staying very clearly within the rules set out. But what I really like about these stories was the atmosphere - lost in the sleepy Italian countryside, post-war, every tale takes you there and immerses you in the sunshine and the warm nights, till you can hear the people in distant fields and the markets, and even hear the silences, smell the grass and dust, feel the warmth and the mud, and most of all, feel what t ...more
Michael Coats
Oct 09, 2011 Michael Coats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The priest can make a mistake in saying Mass, Don Camillo; why do you deny that others can make a mistake and yet be in good faith?"
"Errors happen in most circumstances, but not in sport! When the ball is actually there ... Binella the clockmaker is a scoundrel..."

Our priest in a post-war Italian village has tried to bribe Binella; the communist mayor outbid him. Christ then speaks with Don Camillo, and teaches him another valuable lesson.

By this point, you are either sold on this book, or you'
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Max Nemtsov
Apr 07, 2016 Max Nemtsov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ru-versions
Классика итальянского примерно юмора, которая в ХХ веке была популярнее… ну да, Иисуса Христа. Перевели Гуарески на все мыслимые языки мира, включая гренландский и вьетнамский — до последнего времени не было только на китайском и русском. А потом и китайцы издали. Русский перевод появился только в этом столетии, лет пять назад — и он достаточно пыльный и суконный, но представление дает. К чести русского издателя, огни не пошли по пути сокращений и адаптаций, что делалось при переводах на английс ...more
Madhulika Liddle
I was introduced to the wonderful Don Camillo series years ago by a much older cousin, to whom I will be eternally indebted. Because Don Camillo, the hot-headed, unconventional Catholic priest of Giovanni Guareschi’s books, is a delightful character—and each book is, in itself, a gem. Not so much for brilliant storytelling, but for Guareschi’s wit, the quiet wisdom of the stories, and a set of characters that have universal appeal.

It is just after the Second World War. In a little village in No
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Amanda
Nov 06, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 My friend Lainie recommended this book to me and said that it was really funny. It was amusing, but had a weird sense of humor. Don Camillo is a priest in a town in Italy. The story takes place during a time where Communism was very big and created many problems. Peppone was the Communist leader, and the whole book was a battle of wits between Don Camillo and Peppone. Their banter was amusing, and I enjoyed seeing how they tried to hide their good side from each other. In addition, Don Camil ...more
Donatella
Aug 24, 2014 Donatella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guareschi è uno dei miei amori d'infanzia e della prima giovinezza. Le sue storie semplici e fresche continuano tutt'ora a incantarmi. Non grande letteratura, ma narrazioni di un mondo in cui ci si odia ma mai completamente, ci si picchia ma si resta amici e tutto veniva risolto comunque col buonsenso.
martin
Aug 13, 2008 martin rated it really liked it
Why, oh, why is this wonderful story out of print? I know that Italy has moved on from its post war church versus commmunism struggles, but this little story is a classic.

Both Peppone and Don Camillo are such lovable human and fallible characters, each fighting for what he believes in while still loving the small town and its people (and grudgingly liking and respecting each other). Each little episode is hilarious and definitely leaves you smiling warmly.

The Christ who advises and admonishes Do
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Silvia
May 19, 2008 Silvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and humorous! But my guess is that a lot of the charm of this book is lost by translating it into English.... italian swearing is soooo much more impressive and entertaining!

This book is an exchange of blows between Don Camillo (the priest) and Peppone (the communist town major) of a remote little italian village. It portrays the struggles between religion and communism in a way that is not offensive to either side. At the same time, it describes in a charming way how even the worst e
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Trine
Feb 21, 2011 Trine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, own, danish, re-read, 2011
I haven't read this book for many, many years and I was surprised to find that it actually is a lot more serious than its reputation. Also it is outdated in many ways since the political scene of rural Italy has changed quite a bit over the years, making it a bit hard to figure out the different parties and their allies. Still I'll give it four stars for its very special atmosphere and humour, showing how the next best thing to a best friend is a best enemy.
Frahorus
Guareschi è il grande inventore di Don Camillo... Questo libro raccoglie quasi tutte le avventure del simpatico prete di campagna, che combatte simpaticamente a colpi di schiaffi e fucilate col sindaco del paese, Peppone il comunista. Lo consiglio a chi ama l'ironia, la risata fresca e semplice... Davvero inimitabile!
Jeff Miller
Jan 14, 2015 Jeff Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So funny I just kept laughing yet also found so much spiritual wisdom in this book. This was on my to read list for awhile. Now it is on my read again list.
Roseyreads
May 29, 2014 Roseyreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this book at a tag sale last year because it was such an interesting little paperback book. Copyright 1950 and the 1961 edition sold for 50 cents. The pages were yellow but the book was in good condition and it had an illustration at the beginning of each chapter done by the author. At first I thought it was a little crazy but the more I read the more I liked it. Reading an Italian author after visiting Italy so recently was very enjoyable and fun even if it was over sixty years old. The ...more
Simonetta
Mar 31, 2015 Simonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sto ancora sorridendo. Come si può non sorridere di fronte a questo conflitto così comico, così onesto, così sentito, tra comunismo e religione?
Peppone e Don Camillo lottano difendendo la loro fede contrapposta, ma spesso si uniscono per raggiungere lo stesso risultato, quello di fare la cosa giusta.
E la voce della coscienza, rappresentata dal Gesù inchiodato alla croce nella chiesa del paese, fa da cuscinetto alle dispute tra i due, mostrando a Don Camillo quando sbaglia, aprendogli gli occhi q
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Czarny Pies
Feb 08, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catholics especially fans of Twisted Sister
Recommended to Czarny by: My Mother
All Catholics should read this book as we live in a world where everyone feels free to bash us. We Catholics and our church are accused of being homophobic, harbouring homosexuals in our clergy, collaborating with right wing regimes, supporting labour unions, encouraging social dissent, encouraging conformism, being too naïve, being too unscrupulous, and everything else.

Fortunately, we have Don Camillo with his punching bag adversary the communist mayor Peppone. While Don Camillo is as a sly as
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Gale
AN ODD COUPLE IN POST WAR ITALY

This little charmer will delight adult kids of all sacred and secular persuasions--Christian, Communist, Atheist, Liberals, Radicals, Socialists—you name it. For all the unbelievable events and emotional confrontations take place in a little world of its own: the land between the Po River valley and the Apennine Mountains of Italy, some years after WW2. In a land of extreme heat tempers flare all too easily; suspicions are quickly engendered and creative revenge
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Serena.. Sery-ously?
Ho comprato questo libro sull'entusiasmo di un'utente su aNobii, ma chissà perché, non mi ero mai decisa a leggerlo!!

Forse pensavo si rivelasse una lettura pesante e diciamolo, parecchio datata (visto che è stato scritto nel 1949!).. Quanto mi sbagliavo!
L'ho divorato e ora che è finito, mi mancano terribilmente Don Camillo, i suoi dialoghi con Cristo, Peppone e le loro folli avventure..

Mi ha fatto troppo ridere!

Don Camillo e Peppone sono due personaggi magistrali: passano il loro tempo a infasti
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Jose Vera
Oct 27, 2012 Jose Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considero a este pequeño libro una gran joya que debe ser leida.

Guareschi se ubica en un anónimo pueblito italiano de la post guerra, a orillas del Po. Es en este cuasi idílico paisaje, de gente sencilla, honesta y trabajadora en donde dos grandes personalidades van a chocar una con la otra constantemente, creando situaciones extraordinariamente graciosas y llenas de humanidad.

Don Camilo es el cura del pueblo; campechano, explosivo, de fuerza descomunal, con una fé inquebrantable, y de gran cora
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R.
Dec 29, 2012 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
It's a shame Goodreads doesn't have the Book-of-the-Month club edition of this fine collection of humorous vignettes, because it's what first attracted me to pull it on down from a high shelf: a bright yellow jacket with an illustration of a priest - hands clasped behind his back in meditation - walking a bright white road towards a sketchpaddily cheerful village (deep background: eternally snowy mountains; foreground: lush - albeit unidentifiable - flowers and a pillar, or Roman column).

Bonus:
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Deepti
Mar 11, 2015 Deepti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times will I re-read this without tiring of it? If I were stuck in a deserted island and allowed only a single book with me this would be it. The most beautiful collection of short stories with three principal characters; Don Camillo the priest, Peppone the communist mayor and God.

Last year, I found this book at Blossoms - A 1955 omnibus which had this along with Don Camillo's dilemma and
Don Camillo and the prodigal son. I was delighted as I had been hunting for don't camilli for a yea
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Peter Mongeau
Reviewed on CatholicFiction.net:

First published in the years following World War II, Giovanni Guareschi’s The Little World of Don Camillo has a mysterious appeal that captivates the mind and resonates propitiously in the souls of 21st century readers.

Nestled in the valley of the Po River is a little village where a Samson-like priest, Don Camillo, is at odds with the Goliath-sized Communist mayor of the village Peppone. These two are built from the same clay, but politics oppose them in everythi
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He was a journalist, writer, humorist. Along with Giovanni Mosca and Giaci Mondaini he founded the humorous magazine "Candido". He was well know because of the "Don Camillo" series based on the stories about the two main characters: Don Camillo, the priest and Peppone, the communist Mayor.
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“Lord, my hands were made for blessing, but not my feet!” 18 likes
“Non ti crucciare, don Camillo" sussurrò il Cristo. "Lo so che il vedere uomini che lasciano deperire la grazia di Dio è per te peccato mortale perchè sai che io sono sceso da cavallo per raccogliere una briciola di pane. Ma bisogna perdonarli perchè non lo fanno per offendere Dio. Essi cercano affannosamente la giustizia in terra perchè non hanno più fede nella giustizia divina, e ricercano affannosamente i beni della terra perchè non hanno fede nella ricompensa divina. E perciò credono soltanto a quello che si tocca e si vede, e le macchine volanti sono per essi angeli infernali di questo inferno terrestre che essi tentano invano di far diventare un Paradiso. E' la troppa cultura che porta all'ignoranza, perchè se la cultura non è sorretta dalla fede, a un certo punto l'uomo vede soltanto la matematica delle cose. E l'armonia di questa matematica diventa il suo Dio, e dimentica che è Dio che ha creato questa matematica e questa armonia. Ma il tuo Dio non è fatto di numeri, don Camillo, e nel cielo del tuo Paradiso volano gli angeli del bene. Il progresso fa diventare sempre più piccolo il mondo per gli uomini: un giorno, quando le macchine correranno a cento miglia al minuto, il mondo sembrerà agli uomini microscopico, e allora l'uomo si troverà come un passero sul pomolo di un altissimo pennone e si affaccerà sull'infinito, e nell'infinito ritroverà Dio e la fede nella vera vita. E odierà le machine che hanno ridotto il mondo ad una manciata d numeri e le distruggerà con le sue stesse mani. Ma ci vorrà del tempo ancora, don Camillo. Quindi rassicurati: la tua bicicletta e il tuo motorino non corrono per ora nessun pericolo.” 0 likes
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