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

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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 January 1st 1950)
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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...more
Jane
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
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...more
Ralph
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...more
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...more
Ashish
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
Piperitapitta
che Mondo grande che sarebbe!

Lo confesso subito: la quarta stella è tutta merito di Fernandel e Gino Cervi.
Senza la serie di film ispirata ai libri di Guareschi, che ho sempre "adorato" e che non perdo occasione di rivedere in tv ogni volta che li trasmettono, probabilmente il mio giudizio sarebbe stato leggermente inferiore: un po' perché non sospettavo minimamente che il Don Camillo non fosse un romanzo con un corpo unitario, bensì un insieme di scenette che alla fine compongono un quadro abba...more
arcobaleno
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 monte...more
Andrew
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...more
Donatella
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
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...more
Michael Coats
"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'...more
Trine
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.
Roseyreads
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
Jose Vera
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...more
R.
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:...more
Amanda
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
Peter Mongeau, Tuscany Press
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...more
Courtney
Giovanni Guareschi has joined my roster of favorite short story authors. A little bit Father Brown, a little bit Jeeves & Wooster, the stories in this volume chronicle the constant battle of egos between Don Camillo, the parish priest, and Peppone, the Communist mayor of the town. They're not quite as madcap as Wodehouse's Jeeves stories, but Guareschi has the same talent for painting clear, humorous portraits of his characters (and, if you're like me, you'll see a little of Roderick Spode i...more
Silvia
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...more
Tweedledum
Don Camillo is an absolute joy to read. Join the pragmatic emotional priest as he struggles to be a good pastor to his flock who are torn between the demands of faith and the demands of the communist Mayor Peppone. Don Camillo's core belief is that Christ would have him hate the sin but not the sinner but sometimes his anger just boils over and has to be expressed. Peppone, who has whole heartedly embraced communism as the creed for the modern man is sometimes forced to admit that his old sparri...more
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...more
Taustrew
This series of stories is dated because of the writing after the Second World War and the conflict with Communism. Delightfully written and charmingly populated with wacky characters of great depth but with deft touches. When my son Eric was at college, he gave me a copy of one of this series after a long and determined search for a current copy. This was before the web search capabilities and I was suitably impressed that he found a new copy at that time. Some books are worth keeping and re-rea...more
Cristina
Operazione nostalgia riuscita.

Ho letto il libro più per affetto verso i personaggi che per vero interesse dato che alcuni dei volumi di Mondo Piccolo me li ero già letti da adolescente.

Si conferma da una parte la straordinaria simpatia dei personaggi di Guereschi e dall'altra la regola per cui non si dovrebbe mai leggere da adulti ciò che si è amato da giovani.

Ora ho colto una violenza (fisica e molto presente) che allora non mi aveva colpito particolarmente, sommersa com'era dalle parti diverte...more
Rose Ann
Dec 02, 2013 Rose Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rose Ann by: a priest, long ago
Shelves: italy
Who does not love Don Camillo, the village priest, and Peppone, the communist mayor? They were partisans together in the war (WW2) and now in the post-war world of rural Italy are often at loggerheads. Don Camillo speaks daily to the crucified Christ above the altar of his church, discussing his day or describing skirmishes with Peppone or other "scoundrels." I loved this book when I first discovered it at the age of 12 or 13, and it has only improved with the passing of time.
Colleen
Charming book in the vein of Ladies' #1 Detective Agency, but with more fisticuffs. A priest, Don Camillo, and his arch frenemy, Peppone, the mayor, have many conflicts in a small Italian village in the Po Valley in the 40s. Don Camillo checks things out in conversations with the Lord, who speaks to him from the crucifix in his church. A light but insightful take on politics and religion.
Julia Hughes
Whimsical short stories dealing with the priest of the little village by the river Po, somewhere in Italy. Don Camillo has the devil and christ on either shoulder. Sometimes Christ is very disappointed with him as he battles for the souls of the villagers with the communist mayor Peppone who is actually a very good bloke who has his own demons and angels to deal with.
Sebastjan
Guareschi (1908-1968) italijanski novinar in humorist, je najbolj znan ravno po svojem liku don Camillu. Camillo je razboriti duhovnik, ki se z levičarskim županom Pepponejem stalno zapleta v raznovrstne retorične ter tudi drugačne komične prepire. Guareschi je prvo zgodbo o njem objavil leta 1946, končni rezultat pa je lepo število zgodb, ki so potem izšle v kar nekaj knjigah. Prva zgodba je reprezentantivna po svoji vsebini: don Camilla po gromki pridigi v temi nekdo mahne z palico, zato se Ca...more
Serena!
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...more
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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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